"The University of Illinois is also in turmoil. The university sports an Interim Chancellor, an Interim Athletic Director, and an Interim Football Coach; the game will be played at Soldier Field, making this an Illini Interim Home Game."
|11 hours 14 min ago||In memory of a long-gone great-uncle from Australia||
I offer my upvote as a counterpunch.
Even though I'll be watching on a TV a few states away, I enjoy reading the local report. Dressing and cocoa-ing vicariously. (And maybe Fan in Sydney is just jealous that he/she didn't show up for fear of sleet, snow & hurricane winds?)
|11 hours 35 min ago||Speculation on a Steelers website||
that they activated Touissaint (and cut the other RB they'd just signed when Bell was injured) because there were rumors the Ravens were about to steal him back from Pitt's practice squad.
|21 hours 13 min ago||Of course not||
That's an MSU major. (For you 5th-year transfers who don't want to sit out a year.)
|21 hours 23 min ago||As long as you brought him up...||
And since Fitz's Steelers will be meeting the Seahawks this week, here's Rawls meeting the press on the Seahawks website (article as well as video).
Great inteview, including taking about Flint, the observation that he's had three Fred Jacksons as his RB mentors, and getting a lot of use of his dimples.
|1 day 10 min ago||Guess I'm lucky I'm listening to the M audio||
But you've made me really curious about this guy's sunburn.
|1 day 21 hours ago||I had the same reaction when I checked in before half-time||
See my post above. Gametracker is on LSD.
|1 day 21 hours ago||Recruiting violation?||
Shoot. I was going to offer my avatar. But I'd need to post twice, since I assume she has two feet...
Congrats to the proud parents. Good work!
|1 day 22 hours ago||Gametracker must have been infected by AXS||
On the live calendar coverpage of MGoBlue.com, Charlotte is ahead of M 86-41. The full Gametracker, with all the gorgeous team graphics, has all these guys playing for Charlotte that oddly have the same names as the guys who played for Michigan the other day.
The game's been going on this long and no one in charge has noticed?
|2 days 7 hours ago||I was just going to post "Now I know who Big Sean is!"||
Not one of the posters who asked, nor one who googled, but I learned much more by actually seeing him perform, actually hearing the lyrics (once they fixed the sound glitch), and seeing the kids look up to him.
Not a hater, just a [formerly] ignorant oldster.
|2 days 7 hours ago||Glad to hear it's a legitimate award.||
But that makes me even more willing to put in my 1/17 cent's worth.
|3 days 6 hours ago||Especially since the tire tracked through a puddle of pigments||
that don't even match the shirts.
|6 days 5 hours ago||See Beveled Guilt Above||
It's been there so long, it's probably become part of the woodwork and we may forget to use it.
|1 week 2 days ago||The problem is we can't upvote them||
once they're on staff. And then I feel I can only symbolically upvote by praising my favorite line, but then I feel I'm being unfair to all the other favorite lines.
So here's a woman with a broom and a cat.
|1 week 4 days ago||Is it the non-Nike company taking pre-departure revenge?||
I couldn't decide if they looked more like diapers or tutus, and the colors of the diapers don't even match the tops. It's as if they pulled one piece from column A and one from column B and didn't care if the blues [blacks?] and yellows [maize?] came from different dye providers.
Hoped they would have fixed it after the first game. Really embarrssing, and feel bad for the guys who have to wear them.
|1 week 6 days ago||Maybe it's the Greenwich, CT high school cheaters?||
A very wealthy community from what I understand. Who knows what tricks they have at their disposal?
|1 week 6 days ago||I'm sure the OP is grateful||
for your picking up his wonderful typo in a timely manner, while allowing us to figure it out anyway.
|1 week 6 days ago||Heiko for a start||
In yesterday's Punt/Counterpunt, along with comments pro and con.
Not surprisingly, those who agreed with his caution are in the minority. Even less surprising, even they hoped for victory, but were aware that IU's won-loss record didn't mean they were a pushover.
|1 week 6 days ago||Are they playing favorites?||
Or is Great Ibe really the Eastern linebacker's name?
Congratulations to Jake. Also amazing that the last Michigan player to be honored was LB Brandon Herron (September 4, 2011).
|1 week 6 days ago||Thanks for that.||
Now I have a reason to pay attention to those games. Will definitely be rooting for Indiana. We know what it's like to play really well and lose. A bowl would be a nice consolation prize.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||I must have had to do work at work today||
I don't even know what you guys are talking about.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||And all this time I thought you were||
one of those sweet little boys in the picture. Or both of them.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Still trying to figure that one out...||
Does that mean when Harbaugh gave Rutgers the NCAA-required play-by-play game plan before the game he left that little wrinkle out?
|3 weeks 22 hours ago||Heartbreaking||
His last post was responding to the comment that he should take all the time he needs to recover, that we'll wait to watch him play. And then he described his son's playing so beautifully:
I feel like my heart is breaking along with theirs. So very, very sad.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||...was to mock the thread, more than the person.||
Well, it did not come out that way.
So I'm guessing that your avatar name is meant to be ironic?
|3 weeks 3 days ago||I probably should have responded here rather than above||
So I'll only add it often takes much longer than expected. I remember having college friends who "got to go home" with mono for a week or two for a "mid-semester vacation." I don't think most of us respected how serious it can be, and the long-term effects that can develop without full recovery.
A lot of us think we're soft to give in to the early symptoms, probably athletes in particular. But it can get worse and it does take time, and to someone so young and so eager to perform, that time may seem like an eternity. Glad you're all there for him, and he has a doctor who knows what he's talking about.
Tell Charlie we're all patient enough to wait to cheer him on the field. We're cheering for him now.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||Wise decision||
As someone who had mono when I was already a couple years out of college, I may have been walking around with it for weeks or even months, and once the symptoms became serious enough to know that it wasn't something temporary, it was another 10 days or so to get correctly diagnosed. When I finally knew what it was (struggling even to hold up the NYC phone book to call the hospital to get my test results), I realized I had to go back home to live with the parents for however long it was going to take.
Best wishes for his full recovery, and his return to school and the team when he's completely ready. It'll be worth it.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||I don't know...||
Even Tom Brady didn't transfer until after his sophomore year.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||Plus Harbaugh knew Speight was the real story||
How many of us thought the game was over when we saw him put in? And after going 0 for whatever, to get rid of the jitters and make those incredible, confident throws to win the game? He answered the questions we all had. "How did you do it?"
We saw the coaches on the sideline encouraging him, treating him with respect, and he could tell us how that helped him. "They prepare all the QBs like we're starters, and they told me to go out and have fun."
|3 weeks 5 days ago||And Darboh flying in the picture right after his||
Quite a pair. (Great catches, both for the photog and the players.)
EDIT: And then I see the flying Butt. Guess I should look at the whole gallery before commenting.
|4 weeks 8 hours ago||ESPN isn't bad with human interest stories||
They probably hire writers with actual human interest for this kind of thing.
|5 weeks 22 hours ago||What if you put something in your cart and||
don't check out until the next day? I'd hate to think MGoBlog didn't get their share because of my extended inner debate.
|5 weeks 2 days ago||Did she get fired for being too objective?||
Then you can understand her trying to learn from previous mistakes
|5 weeks 3 days ago||As I see the Hoke no-punt advice post on the side-bar||
A bloke can drown in history,
so I use this rule of thumb.
The best of times? The worst of times?
I'll look toward what's to come.
|5 weeks 3 days ago||He had a torn ACL in his first season||
Was on the PUP for a while entering the second, switched to linebacker after playing end at Michigan and apparently had trouble with the position switch. (Something about coaching and/or scheme change in there too, but don't remember the details.) Since the Eagles traded up to draft him in the first round, the "bust" term came first from Eagles fans.
If he's still using the term, it means he's taking responsibility himself instead of blaming fate. Great to see him finally coming into his own.
|5 weeks 3 days ago||He was injured 2-3 weeks ago||
but wasn't put on IR. Good to know he was back playing again this weekend.
|5 weeks 4 days ago||A contract as a self-help guru||
"Conquering Laziness in 12 minutes or less"
|5 weeks 4 days ago||Jon Solomon of CBSSports.com chimes in||
from his CFB rewind:
[Posted this elsewhere after looking for an objective assessment. Solomon's pre-CBS gigs were as a Clemson beat-writer.]
|5 weeks 6 days ago||Thank you for giving me the opening||
The Targeting thread must be on page 4 by now.
|5 weeks 6 days ago||An opportunity to post this||
From an objective observer* on CBSSports.com:
*Jon Solomon, whose pre-CBS background seems to be S.C. beat reporting.
|6 weeks 10 hours ago||The giveaway||
No helmet-wing fur.
|6 weeks 4 days ago||My fear too||
From my view, the emergency staff was covering all but his lower legs, and it seemed his feet were bent at an unnatural angle, besides being absolutely still. Never so happy to see the boards being carried off the field almost as quickly as they were brought in.
|6 weeks 5 days ago||As another of the UM women on the blog||
I could write several essays on this topic. But having gone through the classic Cinderella weekend at the age of 17: Non-Midwestern looks, grew up in a very Midwestern town. Had to get glasses and was amazed at what I'd been missing (visually), so couldn't understand why certain "pretty" girls would hide their glasses until there was a film showed in a class. I was "respected" and well-liked (a "brain"), but nobody asked me out. At 17 I went against my principles and took off my glasses at an occasion with more urban guys who still had never seemed to be interested other than to talk. Suddenly they were throwing themselves at me, some not even realizing I was the same person (and allegedly there was at least one broomstick fight, with only one broomstick).
At Michigan, where certain male persons seemed to see past the glasses, I told one the story and how I couldn't understand the drastic difference when they already knew me. He smiled. "Biology."
There are different standards of beauty around the world, U of Michigan has a more diverse population with more varieties of beauty, and when women go to a challenging university, they do have more pressing issues than putting on the contacts and make-up and hair products and slathering on sunscreen so they can bare their bodies and still have lovely skin when they're old[er]. But they can take the time when they so choose, and they can keep the glasses on when they realize it helps filter out some of the shallower members of the male species.
And, to defend the women who happen to have the more typically "American" beauty, as defined by some in the days of a less diverse America, they can be intelligent too. So vive la difference.
|6 weeks 6 days ago||I'm so busy reading this||
that I missed Thomas Rawls making his first TD for the Seahawks. I think it was a long one. [Replay looks like it was almost 70 yards.]
EDIT: 69 yards, 2nd-longest in NFL season, and I think they said it was Seattle's first rushing TD this season (but don't quote me).
|6 weeks 6 days ago||Confirmed for 22, row 79||
Incredible sound for most. But it's true that the other side of the stadium loses out when in concert formation. I remember feeling sorry for them. Acoustics.
|6 weeks 6 days ago||Yes||
But maybe only in the post-game.
|6 weeks 6 days ago||Was sitting in that area, Row 79||
next to a lovely couple there for the wife's 50th-year reunion (the husband's was 4 years before), and though they weren't yelling and screaming, they stood every time the rest of us did without complaint, even when the knees weren't making it easy. (I suspect that may be why they left at half-time. Happily sated but needing PT.) The husband had been to the Maryland game last week (lives in that area), and wasn't quite convinced the team was quite there yet. That opening TD return brought a huge smile on his face. Which stayed.
|7 weeks 2 days ago||he would still be playing.||
Actually, Gardner is injured.
|7 weeks 5 days ago||The one-two punch||
Drake can leap over players with a single bound, and De'Veon has that transporter/invisible cloak thing going on.
|7 weeks 5 days ago||Missed The Gerund's Stribling||
Glad he's back to strible some more.
|7 weeks 5 days ago||Positive Note #2||
The medical staff knows how to rehab. [see Drake Johnson.]
|7 weeks 5 days ago||O'Jemudia?||
Took me a minute to figure it out. Plus 1, besides agreeing with everything you said about one of our favorites.
Will definitely miss seeing him play, and he'll obviously miss playing. But also on board with those who trust that this coaching staff will get his name and reputation in the minds of their NFL buddies so that this is only the end of his college career.
|7 weeks 5 days ago||Lyons & Thomas||
Not true. Both played Saturday, each credited with a solo tackle, and add a pass break-up for Dymonte. Lyons is learning a position he's never played before, and the two of them are listed as the co-back-ups for Peppers. So doing pretty well in their limited (but increasing) time.
|7 weeks 5 days ago||The official M radio broadcast is available live and later||
Live and "on demand." (Today's 12:15 press conference will be live at... 12:15.) And free.
Dan Dierdorf and Jim Brandstatter with the (very enthusiastic) call, and there's usually a streamed pre-game show, including pre-taped interviews with coaches/players, etc., and a postgame show with live interviews.
It's usually not a long wait for it to be available for replay after the postgame has signed off. The link above takes you to the live page. If it's no longer listed there, click the On Demand tab to listen later. Lots of good stuff to be found.
|7 weeks 5 days ago||Thomas & Lyons||
I remembered noticing Thomas too, so I looked up the stats sheet: Had one solo tackle and a pass break-up. Sounds pretty good for not being on the field all the time.
As for Lyons, in a recent interview he was talking about being asked to change to a position he'd never played before, that there's a learning curve and he feels he's gradually making progress. He and Thomas are the "OR" backups to Peppers. Lyons also had one solo tackle this game, and Peppers had two. Considering Peppers seemed to be always out there, I'd say Lyons and Thomas are doing pretty well for their limited time, if tackles were the only measurement of a DB's effectiveness.
Speaking of the stats sheet for the game, Ojemudia was third on the list, behind Morgan and Bolden. His loss is going to be big for the defense.
|7 weeks 5 days ago||Practicing and learning||
There's a lot of season left to go, and maybe he's practiced and learned enough to start contributing on the field. And learning from the game experience to be even better down the road.
|7 weeks 6 days ago||A turtle neck?||
So he's going to Maryland?
|8 weeks 5 hours ago||On the basis of no direct knowledge,||
I'm going to speculate that Stribling had an injury in practice, and Harbaugh's saying he'd comment after the game was because he wanted to hear from the medical folks to determine how long he might be out, and he had this game thing to pay attention to first.
|8 weeks 11 hours ago||Did anyone tell them about the time change?||
Incomplete prep for a game without them.
|8 weeks 12 hours ago||Listening to radio pregame with my coffee & bagel||
Interview with Jeremy Clark-- says he's getting more comfortable at corner and that Jourdan Lewis is the most talkative DB, helps him when he's down by talking trash to him.
Cloudy outside the NYC window... Hope you guys all have a great time outside!
|8 weeks 2 days ago||His CV shows he's known for writing and history||
Along with lots of writing, among other things:
-- Lecture at OSU: "Writing History"
-- Current book (also his Ph.D. dissertation): "The Benching of Willis Ward" (the Michigan football player and teammate of Gerald Ford who wasn't allowed to play against a Southern team, but later became a judge), and he worked on the educational film "Black and Blue" which brought this story to the attention of most of us who now know about it
Also got his Master's at Eastern Michigan, Bachelor's at Morehouse College.
|8 weeks 2 days ago||She thought meeting the President would be the hard sell||
rah-rah kind of stuff which she wasn't interested in and gets everywhere. She didn't realize he was all about the education until she met him, learning he came from Brown and Johns Hopkins, which aren't known as hotbeds of football. And she was very impressed.
|8 weeks 2 days ago||I'm assuming you didn't listen to Webb's podcast||
Rashan's Mom wasn't interested in the usual rah-rah athletics approach to recruiting, and seemed most impressed with the interviews with the academics, the support folks, and, a surprise to her, with Pres. Schlissel. "Why do I need to talk to the President?" She understood why after sitting down with him. Sam added it's not that she didn't enjoy the 5-star dinner, but that wasn't what the trip was about for her. And Rashan has said he's listening to Mom.
Having heard Schlissel at an alumni event when he was first hired, he said one of the things that drew him here was the diversity of the University, and he wasn't just talking about ethnic & religious & international diversity of the students and faculty, though that was obviously part of it, but the diversity of educational opportunities. I'm sure Mom heard that too, and was apparently impressed. Not to say he's a sure thing, but it doesn't sound like your qualms are a concern.
|8 weeks 5 days ago||If it weren't for the Lions game, I would have missed it (NYC)||
Planned to do the moon-watch, but got involved in something on my computer with the Lions game on in the background. The highlight of the game was the shot of the moon in action over Detroit. Got me out of my seat.
Ran outside, a friend just coming home said she'd seen it (the first stage, that it was "very dramatic"), but that "it would come back." Saw a bit of the crescent stage before clouds moved in, then a nice view of the full thing with a muted red glow. Various neighborhood folk clustering, chatting with strangers, advising each other what we'd seen or missed, calculating where the moon would have moved by the time the clouds passed again, and whether it would be hiding behind one of the buildings and we should move to the next block...
Went home before it came back out the last time, but felt I'd gotten my money's worth.
|8 weeks 5 days ago||Student Section stands out on TV too||
I understand having a maize-out now and then, but as long as it's a full house, the generous sprinkling of maize throughout and then the full-bore sunny student section is a good look.
|8 weeks 6 days ago||Eight B1G teams in the top 50||
Seems strange that MSU isn't one of them.
|8 weeks 6 days ago||Well, you figure it'll take at least one game||
to forget everything Harbaugh taught them...
Oh, dear. NBC is just showing the highlights.
|8 weeks 6 days ago||Pretty sure he took classes||
but never actually played for Michigan.
|9 weeks 35 min ago||UCLA is currently up 42-14 at Arizona||
Still in the first half.
TV guys just made comment about last week being difficult for UCLA because Mendenhall kept changing their looks.
|9 weeks 1 hour ago||It's possible||
In a DetNews article about Blake O'Neill:
Seems reasonable a kid from New Zealand could train there too.
|9 weeks 1 day ago||Reasons 492(b) and (c)||
When I enjoy a reference even when it turns out I'm missing its roots, somebody will explain it for me.
|9 weeks 1 day ago||Just belongs in a different kind of lyric.||
You got your French names for your love ballads, you got your Hippenhammers for your hippen-hop.
|9 weeks 1 day ago||Both pix are wonderful||
But the one on the left could be emblematic. Simply beautiful.
|9 weeks 2 days ago||As a first-generation American||
I've been following Amara's and Jehu's stories from when we first heard about their recruitment. It never gets old to see their success here.
Congrats on making it official, Amara!
|9 weeks 2 days ago||Typos can be fun.||
So let it be written, so let it be done.
|9 weeks 3 days ago||The fork in the road||
Knew the quote, but didn't know the explanation until I read the Times article posted in the OP. The other thing I didn't know (and didn't know that I didn't know it), was the origin of his nickname:
|9 weeks 4 days ago||Hollywood smile? Naw, he was born with it.||
|9 weeks 4 days ago||He had an early run in this week's game||
but hurt his knee. (The report at the time. Haven't checked the follow-up.)
|9 weeks 4 days ago||It's like the ridiculous statement||
that "Those who can, do. Those who can't, teach." The big egos who need the most money, the most toys, the most media coverage simply can't understand that there can be more satisfaction elsewhere.
Even if you watch Harbaugh at the press conferences and compare with him sitting down with Brandstatter on Inside Michigan, you can see how much more humor he shows, relaxed and with friends, and how much more joy when he's simply on the field with his guys coaching (and tacking a snap or two).
|9 weeks 6 days ago||There's wind, and there's wind.||
Yesterday's prediction from MGoWeather:
It's not an excuse, but it doesn't make things easier. Giants* Stadium is notorious for its swirling winds, so teams hope not to have to kick and probably hang onto the run game as much as possible when they see the stadium flags are going wild. A learning experience, right?
*formerly known as.
|9 weeks 6 days ago||I'm just having my coffee||
I'll let you guys do the serious work.
|9 weeks 6 days ago||You can listen via UCLA Bruins' website||
This link should take you directly to their player:
UCLA didn't get anything from their first possession, and BYU was going strong, but Mangum was just sacked twice in a row.
|10 weeks 1 min ago||I second that!||
Any public interest lawyers out there want to take the case?
|10 weeks 41 min ago||Let's see if ABC's halftime report||
still says, "Harbaugh sure loves his tight ends!" after their highlights of three TDs-- one by a WR, one by an RB, and one by a FB.
|10 weeks 1 hour ago||In case this is the media snowflakes thread...||
ABC has its problems too. Watched the highlights at the halftimes of their games, and each time they showed the Michigan highlights-- Three Touchdowns! Showing Two of Them! And whichever idiot commentator says, "Harbaugh really likes his tight ends!" Umm... TDs by a WR, an RB and a FB.
This is on the writers, of course. It was the same comment for both the early and late games. Can I stand listening to USC's irritating band charge long enough to see if they still compliment Harbaugh's TE's in an hour or so?
|10 weeks 2 hours ago||I was reading this thread after our game but while OSU's||
was going. I so resisted interspersing things about OSU's situation, just in case someone was reading the thread after having missed our game. They had QB problems too, and they supposedly had so many good ones they couldn't choose between them. Then they had to bench their starter. Michigan didn't start the season as the unanimous #1, and either NIU is really, really good, or Michigan's moving along fine for a new system with new coaches and a new QB. Lots of teachable moments.
|10 weeks 10 hours ago||Jansen does the M Audio pregame||
Where he was congratulated for his nomination for the Hall of Fame.
|10 weeks 1 day ago||If it's still running, guess he'll miss the 100th anniversary||
of the Theatre Dept. on homecoming weekend.
When I was in school, he was in town to get an honorary doctorate. The Dept. held a "tea" for "Jimmy" -- but before that he sat down with our small acting class and told us stories that he didn't share with the big group. Wonderful, generous man.
|10 weeks 2 days ago||Thanks. You beat me by a second or two.||
Feel free to delete my dupe.
|10 weeks 2 days ago||This is a test. This is only a test.|
|10 weeks 5 days ago||Great story||
Focus on the moment, never give up...
Not a Red Sox fan, but hope there are more good chapters to come.
|10 weeks 5 days ago||Add the suprise big play from A.J. Williams||
Of course now the secret is out, that the big bruiser can get open, catch and run. Three tight ends opposing defenses will have to keep an eye on.
|10 weeks 5 days ago||They caught it||
|10 weeks 5 days ago||Why would anyone go to Rutgers?||
They have openings.
|10 weeks 5 days ago||His graphics typo makes you even.||
Your money is on the ladder. His ladder is on the money.
|10 weeks 6 days ago||Geez. If I'd have known....||
I could've watched. Was too busy avoiding the work I had to do by "warming up" on here.
Congrats to Nick!
|10 weeks 6 days ago||He's plateaued?||
He reduced his interceptions by 2/3.
|11 weeks 2 min ago||There was a nice shot of Wheatley||
giving a big hug to Smith after he made one of his TDs.
|11 weeks 26 min ago||So did the commentators||
Both on TV and in the M Booth. Can't remember who said it in the booth, but he added to the statement that they agreed with Harbaugh, "But he's not going to get the call."
|11 weeks 1 hour ago||Well, the field is the right color||
Guess they don't want to blend in.
|11 weeks 1 hour ago||Fortunately Heiko is in medical school (aren't you, H?)||
so maybe he can help your* wife out with her problem, or at least connect you with the appropriate expert.
Good to have you back, Heiko. And that you stayed, RoUMel.
*obviously meant to be a reply to J.Fresh.
|11 weeks 5 hours ago||Your wish is his command.||
Gave it to Harbaugh before the postgame presser.
|11 weeks 1 day ago||My sister was there.||
Fortunately she'd taken the subway early, as most doctors do. Said there was a plastic surgery convention in town so all the surgeons came down to St. Vincent's to assist the injured who never arrived. One of the hospital doctors came in after injurying himself in routine surgery and all the visiting surgeons' hands went up to volunteer to help him.
|11 weeks 1 day ago||Don't even need the app||
WTKA has a podcast page that can be used on old-fashioned computer-type things. Can even listen live, if you're up early enough for Sam 'n Ira and MGoRoundtable.
|11 weeks 1 day ago||I didn't recognize the hair either||
But it'd be nice to know Mone is smiling.
|11 weeks 1 day ago||At a polling place in Harlem||
Volunteer work for the primary election that was canceled a couple hours later. Reassured my friends and family from across the country that outside a housing project in Harlem, I was probably in the safest place in the city. And it felt that way, even before the crossing guard told us the truck driver who'd just stopped at the light reported what he'd heard on the radio.
And yes, it was a spectacularly gorgeous day in Harlem, the parents walking their kids to school. And yes, like when JFK was killed, people can't help remembering where they were and all the details.
After we figured out the election was canceled, I walked down to our campaign quarters, just to be with the others. A guy came in nervously and asked to see the candidate. Turns out he worked at the WTC but was late to work because he went to vote for our guy. Didn't have to say that he was convinced that voting saved his life.
One of our volunteers was a policeman who had just finished law school and went down to Police Plaza to hand in his retirement papers. Heard what was happening and ran down to help. Never returned. He was also an actor, and the soap where he occasionally played a policeman hung his photo in the fictional police dept., with the camera picking it up every 9/11 until the show was canceled.
Another volunteer showed up at the campaign office, hours after having gone to her job downtown. She walked all the way up there, ashes and dust on her shoes and purse, seemingly in shock, later saying her feet just took her there. Our candidate took money out of his pocket to find her a cab home. There weren't any, but fortunately the buses had started running again by then and I got her a seat. She stared out the window the whole time, clutching the dusty pocketbook. When I got her to her door and asked if she needed anything, she only said "A shower."
|11 weeks 1 day ago||The full text is in the OP, but here's the link||
Fund for Keeping Newsprint Journalists Employed (even from these obscure outlets)
|11 weeks 2 days ago||Link in his signature line||
and find yourself connected.
|11 weeks 2 days ago||He's actually off Michigan's site||
Quick work updating the roster.
|11 weeks 2 days ago||Виктор||
Slavic form of the Latin word we hail in the plural.
|11 weeks 3 days ago||Small, fearless PGs||
And who's that funny little guy who couldn't get into practice because the security guard didn't believe he could be on the team? I think he's still on the roster...
|11 weeks 3 days ago||I wasn't disagreeing with you||
Just adding to what you were saying, and post the link to the related article.
We saw both Hoke and Harbaugh supporting their players in the midst of games. We can only guess at what goes on behind the scenes, except for these little reports. [And these reports weren't comparing one coach to the other.]
|11 weeks 3 days ago||And there's a difference with encouraging someone in public||
during a game so they're not demoralized, and holding them accountable in the [semi] privacy of the practices and film review, in front of their teammates and competitors. Support vs. teaching moments.
There's another very good Mlive article and interview with De'Veon Smith, being able to take criticism, recognizing and facing your errors and fighting to keep the #1 spot. (And while he's working on improving his vision, add him to the Smart Man/Good Voice Team.)
|11 weeks 3 days ago||Hold on there.||
I have it on good authority that there are some places outside of the Midwest that think Mary, merry and marry are pronounced differently. So you never know. No?
|11 weeks 3 days ago||That's not eucalyptus in the Odoms pic?||
/northern-city indoor girl.
|11 weeks 5 days ago||He's got the Ball Hawk shirt!||
Wearing it in the interview.
In the MLive article about the stickers, there was this as well [I've edited what I think was a typo]:
I'd be curious to see Ross's "specialized fleece."
|11 weeks 5 days ago||Great! Thanks.||
And they took a RB off the practice squad to make room for him.
|11 weeks 5 days ago||Suppose the keyword is "allegations"||
Probably have to await confirmation, legal advice, perhaps negotiating a rehab/support treatment stay...
|11 weeks 5 days ago||I guess it's too late to ask, but||
I guess it's too late to ask, but how was Hutch in the booth?
|11 weeks 5 days ago||Good to hear [EDIT: Maybe not.]||
Hasn't shown up yet on the Transaction Report, but there should be more changes in the next couple days as other teams check the waiver wire.
EDIT: Guess that was premature. This article on the Steelers website (posted a few hours ago) talks about their process of finalizing the roster, which unfortunately doesn't include him. They mention considering things like injury history/health, and they did just add an RB from another team, so it's possible they brought him in for a try-out.
|11 weeks 5 days ago||Mundy says hello from IR||
A hip thing in pre-season.
|11 weeks 6 days ago||Ash wasn't alone to make a practice squad||
The Ravens signed Brennen Beyer to their P.Sq., but otherwise the final cuts weren't so happy. The only rookie UDFA to stick with an active roster (so far) was Thomas Rawls. Raymon Taylor was cut from the Colts, but he wasn't put on their practice squad. Unfortunately Fitz Toussaint was cut from the Ravens and Will Campbell from the Bills. Both had been on and off practice squads, so that's not a good sign. Junior Hemingway was cut from the Chiefs, but the next day they put him on IR. So maybe he'll have another chance next year.
As for Richard Ash, as I posted elsewhere in a preseason thread, I was lucky enough to see him play nose tackle for most of the 4th Q at the Jags-Giants game. Sitting in the first row mezzanine end zone (Ebay can be wonderful, especially for preseason seats cheap), I had a good view of his jersey number and could focus on him (Denard & Henne were gone by then), and so I wasn't surprised that he made the practice squad. (Relieved, of course.) Still over 300 lbs, but it looked like really good weight and he showed strength and energy taking care of the gaps. Being there live, I could also see him pulled over by the coach with the rest of the D-line, and something made me feel that they liked him. I'm rooting for him.
PS: Since I was with a PSU alum, I discovered Blake Bars' PSU brother, Brad, was playing for the Giants. He made their P.Sq. So congrats to the Bars family.
|12 weeks 8 hours ago||Thanks for bridging the great divide||
Nice to have another team and fanbase we can respect and root for. What sports should be about.
Whatever the final score, as our new coach said, "That was a football game!"
|12 weeks 3 days ago||What bulletin boards are for.||
Taking things out of context. I believe this was from an article/interview/press conference that showed the great respect Utah and its coach have for our program and history, how excited they are about opening with this nationally prominent game, but then specifically answering questions posed about it being the biggest game of their year. What is he supposed to say? That his conference foes are chopped liver?
Not sure this is the article (from the DetNews), but it's probably covering the same press conference. So let's pick and choose what we'll post here:
|12 weeks 5 days ago||And you don't have to be in the alumni association||
to attend some things, particularly a book event like this where the idea is to publicize (and sell) a book of interest. You might check with your local club, if there is one.
|12 weeks 5 days ago||An article was posted on mgo.licio.us||
But that video couldn't have been part of it. Too funny to forget.
|12 weeks 6 days ago||And for those in the NYC area||
John U. Bacon, Endzone Book Tour
Tuesday, November 3rd
Barleycorn, 23 Park Pl, Manhattan
We may have to wait a bit longer, but thanks, Bando, for the early report.
|12 weeks 6 days ago||UFR: If this is the video of this play, it's been edited||
Per my comment below, the NFL.com play-by-play of the game shows Frank Clark was not credited with the sack, but that #77 was called for unnecessary roughness. [2nd Quarter SD drive starting at 14:15]
Having seen the play, that unnecessary roughness was SD #77 going against Frank Clark. From my memory of the play, the video seems to be edited between where #77 moves to #55 Clark, who's still on the ground, and where the ref points to SD #77 (indicating his penalty). It doesn't show #77 tossing Clark around. EDIT: UFR of the UFR: I see that Clark seems to be going back into the pile, and the video may not be cut but the camera closes in so you can't really see Dunlap doing more than trying to pull him back out. But Clark wasn't penalized. The San Diego tackle was.
|12 weeks 6 days ago||Had the game on in the background last night||
And didn't look up until I heard Frank Clark's name, the first time it was called. It seemed like he'd sacked Rivers, and then somebody else attacked Clark pretty brutally, not letting him get up.
Now that I remember, I'm pretty sure there was a penalty called on the SD player (#77, not Rivers). Maybe they knew Frank's off-field reputation and were aiming for him? Since the sack I saw was the first time I heard Frank's name, maybe this other play was later and retaliation for his first sack? Would have to look at the play-by-play.
EDIT: Checked the play-by-play and what I saw must have been the video posted here, but he seemed to be the victim rather than the perpetrator. Clark was credited with 2 tackles and no sacks. The sack here was credited to Seattle #97, but SD #77 was listed as penalized for unecessary roughness. So that must have been the play where #77 took it out on Clark. Looks like Clark was holding on at the bottom of the pile, but the video doesn't show the extracurricular activity that resulted in #77's penalty.
|12 weeks 6 days ago||Accidentally turned it on while setting my recorder||
for something else. Guess I timed it right.
So I signed on here, knowing someone may be paying attention and could tell me if it's the team with the Michigan coach. Guess it's not, since you didn't mention it. But they seem to be doing pretty well.
|12 weeks 6 days ago||Even our fingers do autocorrect incorrectly||
Can't count the number of times I've seen real-word typos in an e-mail as it sails off into the ether, too late to fix, or don't notice the typo until I see it below a response. As in the recent one when I meant to say "past" and it came out "pass." Had to admit I had spent too* much time on a certain football site.
*And I didn't see I'd typed "to much" until this was posted! See, Freddie? You're not alone! Damn these instant forms of communication!
|13 weeks 21 hours ago||Sorry i wasn't home to tell you guys to look for Richard Ash||
Former Wolverine playing nose tackle for Jaguars. (Saw him last week at Giants game playing 4th quarter.)
|13 weeks 1 day ago||Isn't the medical school in Chicago?||
And the football stuff on their main campus in Champaign-Urbana?
So don't worry. Won't reflect on you come match day.
|13 weeks 1 day ago||Rosters & Depth Chart per Wojo||
My favorite quote:
|13 weeks 1 day ago||They asked him at the press conference||
But he said something about "fighting between the lines" and that "the creek done risen" on his eligibility.
Or maybe he was being coy and meant "reading" between the lines?
|13 weeks 2 days ago||It seems like they test them with the guys speaking||
It seems like they test them with the guys speaking right into them, but some of the guys then sit up and their answers are too far from the mics.
Not enough practice time practicing interviews!
|13 weeks 2 days ago||Makes sense||
If reports are true of Brandon's telling the coaches what to do, why would he allow anything that might give players a voice? Might tempt them to speak up.
|13 weeks 2 days ago||Don't think he was ever officially moved||
Just one of those letting-him-try-a-bit-of-both-in-practice things. Developing versatility and understanding how those guys opposite them work.
|13 weeks 2 days ago||Bars Family Genes & underrated (or under-coached?) linemen||
Report from viewer of Jags-Giants preseason game:
1) Genes: Blake's Penn State brother Brad got some play at D-line for the Giants. (Not OT because Genes!)
2) AND Richard Ash (!!!) on the Jaguars roster (UDFA out of WMU where he did his 5th year), got plenty of playing time at nose tackle (looking really good to my ignorant eyes), but he's since moved up the roster from "other" on the D-line to 3rd string. Listed at 6'3" and 314 lbs, and it looks like seriously good weight.
|13 weeks 2 days ago||Can any of you techies fix my turntable?||
Ah, well. Vinyl is so decorative.
|13 weeks 6 days ago||Funchess didn't play last night.||
Tweaked a hamstring in practice Wednesday.
But, since this could be the preseason thread: Richard Ash sighting! Went to the Giants-Jags game to see Denard & Chad (first time in memory no Michigan Giants on the roster) and Richard Ash played nose tackle for the Jags for the full 4th quarter. Looked to be holding his own (not actually holding, or at least not called for it), and recorded a solo tackle. Took his 5th year at WMU and looked svelte and physical. UDFA. I think a couple of their D-line are injured, but he got plenty of time, and definitely looked a part of the D-line gang on the sidelines. Looks like someone they could put on their practice squad if they don't have room this season.
As for others who didn't stay, Ray Vinopal was put on the Cowboys' IR. Those of us who can't possibly root for the Cowboys (they never seem to take M men), but follow teams with any former Wolverines, are relieved.
|13 weeks 6 days ago||Don't worry.||
They'll find you.
|13 weeks 6 days ago||Found some Costa Rican at my local NYC supermarket||
Have to confess I'm usually there for a local Staten Island roaster's pumpkin-flavored beans. (I knew they were independent & local, because the old label misspelled pumpkin.) Now they've fancied up their shiny vacuum-sealed bags, with classy artwork & graphics. So I'm not the only one who's discovered them. As for the pumpkin, even my die-hard dark-Starbucks addict sister who hates flavored coffee liked it. But she's sticking with the hard stuff for breakfast.
And though I'm told you're not supposed to freeze coffee beans, I've done it for years, grinding the beans right out of the freezer, and the flavor is terrific.
|14 weeks 6 hours ago||Why we love the blog||
and its fine university. Using "ad hominems" and "frontal cortex" in one short paragraph without sounding pretentious.
|14 weeks 3 days ago||Former 16: Anyone want to see Denard (& Chad) play||
this Saturday at Giants stadium? Have extra cheapie ticket for front row mezzanine (endzone, but excellent view, plus parking pass).
EDIT: Offer rescinded. Found someone. (Penn State alum, but they'll have five guys on the field to our two.)
|15 weeks 8 hours ago||And, on the other side of the field, Josh Furman||
Who had two solo tackles and a sack.
|15 weeks 9 hours ago||One of the better exits||
And one of the classiest. Being honest and realistic, doing what's best for him, but being completely supportive of his teammates and wishing them well in what he expects to be a wonderful year for them. Completely respectful of the program, both as it was for his two years and what it will be. Bravo, and best wishes to him.
|15 weeks 13 hours ago||Thanks||
You saved me from searching for the proof. Thought I saw that on the stat sheet last night.
But what I did find: "NFL Front-Page Editor Gets Fired"
|15 weeks 13 hours ago||Devin Still Sorta With Steelers||
Reposting, because I've posted so late on a couple of other chains that they dropped off the fast-moving front page:
After clearing the waiver wire (where he was "waived-injured"), the Steelers took him back to go on their IR list. Speculation as to whether the drops were due to being already injured, perhaps in the first couple of passes to him that were heavily defended, but it seems they saw enough of him in practice to want to keep him available for the future.
|15 weeks 1 day ago||Lost in the Devin threads, Pittsburgh still sort of has him||
Once he'd cleared the waiver wire, Pittsburgh put Devin on their IR list (injury "undisclosed"). They gave him enough time in the game that they were clearly looking at him, and whether the drops were related to already being injured, or he injured himself or aggravated something in the earlier passes (which were strongly defended and/or not catchable), they must have seen enough in practice to hold on to him for the future.
|15 weeks 3 days ago||Exeunt All of the Norfleets||
The plural form is acceptable as determined by the multiple posts of his singular exit.
|15 weeks 4 days ago||Maybe there's still hope||
That could mean they want to hold on to him for the future, perhaps to add him to the practice squad when he gets healthy. And if he really was injured, maybe that had something to do with his play. (Positive thinking.)
Additional tidbit: The kicker they added to take Devin's spot beat out Jay Feely in try-outs. (Of course Feely had 14 years in the NFL, so nice to know he's still out there kickin'.)
|15 weeks 4 days ago||That's what made me sigh with nostalgia.||
That and the result of the OSU game.
|15 weeks 6 days ago||Was just posting above about him holding on in practice||
after a massive hit by Lawrence Timmons. Hope it was promising enough to give him another chance tonight.
|15 weeks 6 days ago||Both.||
Listed as QB & WR, and has had snaps both ways in practice.
Article on the Steelers website about Devin getting plowed by Lawrence Timmons in practice after a reception, but he survived.
|15 weeks 6 days ago||Will be a half-time tribute at the Hall of Fame Game||
Just announced on NBC, for those who aren't watching.
|15 weeks 6 days ago||Karsch was moved to sideline reporter for games||
though we may not know if that's true for this coming season until the sub surfaces.
His bio on MGoBlue.com still lists him as sideline reporter.
|16 weeks 54 min ago||He's now listed as QB/WR||
But according to the team website, he made his mark (and an article) by taking a massive hit from Lawrence Timmons after making a reception. And holding on.
|16 weeks 2 days ago||Two separate links||
The title is a link to the actual article. If you want to read/post comments, you have to click the highlighted comments link posted below the editor's summary/snarky comment.
|16 weeks 2 days ago||Loaded quickly for me on Firefox||
But I'm writing about an hour later.
|16 weeks 2 days ago||Thanks for the heads-up.||
Had already put Devin Gardner on the future TV list, as the smartly comedic sidekick.
|16 weeks 2 days ago||Even without the bowtie (which looks pretty classy on him)||
He was incredibly impressive. Should already be on the short list for intelligent sports broadcast commentary (if such a thing exists anymore).
|16 weeks 3 days ago||Biondi started out with the Brooklyn Cyclones||
Biondi started out with the Brooklyn Cyclones (Mets) the same year Michael O'Neill started with the Staten Island Yankees. A friend's a season ticket-holder with the Baby Bombers (gave up on the overpriced Bronx Boys) and invited me to the game between our two alumni. O'Neill's now in the Yankee's High A team in Tampa.
Anytime you want an update, MGoblue.com has a Wolverines in Professional Baseball page, including both majors and minors, where the guys are currently playing and highlight news of their current play.
|17 weeks 8 hours ago||TwitPic by Pulitzer-Prize-winning Michigan alum David Turnley!||
Those who leave come back.
[Turnley not responsible for the squashed effect.]
|17 weeks 1 day ago||The Michigan Band originated the script Ohio||
at a home game to honor their guests. [You band historians can authenticate this, and exactly when. And whether it was to honor or troll.]
OSU's insistence on using the "The" came later, but I wouldn't want Michigan State called "Michigan" -- so I'm with adding at least the State to the Red School Below the Border. (Out of respect for The Ohio University, of course.)
|17 weeks 3 days ago||Was thinking of posting something obsessing||
about whether it means anything that Brian's taking his official visit to D.C. before his official visit to NYC.
But I had second thoughts.
|18 weeks 1 day ago||My guess is the kids are going to like him.||
|18 weeks 3 days ago||But PeeWee was told he could stay on scholarship||
though medicaled. He transferred because he wanted to play, despite the UofM staff telling him it wasn't advisable medically.
As for believing it's "basically impossible to be to remain academically eligible and not get your degree in 4 years given that players also attend summer sessions." Isn't it true that lots of guys choose to spread out their classes and take less credits each year so they can do well academically despite all the athletic demands on their time? Of course that assumes they get that extra year to work for their degree.
|20 weeks 2 days ago||Was thinking it was a rear-view Barbie Doll||
Very long-waisted torso with tiny waist and hips.
|20 weeks 2 days ago||Are those guys not really All Big Ten||
Are those guys not really All Big Ten because the Big Ten really has.... Wait. How many teams are there now?
Pedants obviously have no place in the New Big Ten-or-More.
|20 weeks 2 days ago||Who else feels really old||
reading WD agonizing about feeling old?
|20 weeks 4 days ago||Wash-ing Keith-ton...||
Shifting syllables along with positions?
|20 weeks 5 days ago||Yes. And possibly going back||
From great article about his background, current life and future plans (well worth reading) in MLive article linked below in mgo.licio.us (oh, okay-- here too):
Two engineering degrees and the great work of his foundation promise he'll be comfortable doing something useful wherever he goes.
|24 weeks 2 days ago||Another couple dos:||
1. Wear sunscreen.
2. Tell Harbaugh to wear sunscreen. Please.
|24 weeks 2 days ago||Pharaohs are mere humans!||
These guys are both Egyptian Gods and Saints!
|24 weeks 2 days ago||Michigan tradition||
(see: Elliot Mealer.) Good to know it applies even to athletic injuries.
|24 weeks 6 days ago||He'd already visited Ann Arbor with a classmate||
and he was told he should come to their Prattville camp so they could evaluate him further. Apparently they liked what they saw. And he liked what he'd seen of Michigan, so he pulled the trigger (with an enthusiasm unknown to... well, more known now).
|24 weeks 6 days ago||And that's the kind of kid we can get excited about||
The diamond in the rough we watch proving all the doubters wrong. (See linked article above mentioning guys Saban thinks aren't big enough for linebacker.) And who wants to play school as well.
|24 weeks 6 days ago||This quote seems pretty relevant to this thread||
A good read.
|24 weeks 6 days ago||Gosh. I feel so old and out of touch.||
In my day, the guys with big tattoos hung out with motorcycle gangs and didn't have actual parents (or at least wouldn't admit to it). The guys in the parents' basement wore dingy T-shirts and sneakers (not to be confused with athletic shoes or trainers, which were a bit too new-fangled to find their way down to the basement).
Or so I'm told.
|25 weeks 1 hour ago||And no comment from the commentators||
Guess the networks can't use that protective mini-delay used for most live events due to the gambling?
|25 weeks 1 hour ago||Grammar/Spelling Nazi is Torn||
Dealer Camel, you are unfortunately too educated and have spelled Pharaoh correctly. (Upvoted you accordingly.)
However, the horse's name is American Pharoah as in the OP. It was accidentally misspelled when registered and now must remain as is. Will refrain from suggesting this contributes further to the dumbing down of America.
Either way, sure is a damn fine beautiful horse!
|25 weeks 9 hours ago||You're absolutely right||
Guess I was just thinking that if it wasn't as serious as headlines implied , and/or that the prognosis was good, the patient or family would be eager for the public to know and give the hospital permission.
|25 weeks 13 hours ago||Checked for updates on her condition this morning||
From the Boston Globe:
Don't want to speculate, but it seems if she was doing better they'd say so.
|25 weeks 2 days ago||Gardner switched to WR because everybody said he should||
and he thought it would give him a better chance to play. He'd switched for the good of the team at Michigan (and yes, to get actual playing time), and then switched back to the position he'd trained for. He worked out as a WR, showed he was willing to switch and work at getting better, then P'burgh says, "Hey, let's see what you can do at QB." Apparently they think enough of him and what they've seen so far to give him a shot. And he's probably thrilled for the chance.
|25 weeks 4 days ago||I had to wait for the error message to go away to upvote you!||
I couldn't take my eyes off that! Kept wondering why the paw didn't claw the hand...
|26 weeks 1 day ago||And if you've played in the Big House||
You're equipped to deal with loud noises.
|26 weeks 3 days ago||One of my favorite players||
And now impetus for my favorite punsters.
Turns out Tai's in on the joke (for the humorless one who negged Magnus-- unless he's just a regular Magnus nemesis):
|26 weeks 3 days ago||Be sure to watch the video. Kleenex moment.||
If he can do it... Time to stop the inner debates and get down to work. Much, much easier work.
Thanks for posting.
|26 weeks 5 days ago||My dad too in WWI, but in the Philippines||
He was a refugee from Nazi Germany, got out just in time right out of medical school, getting a Master's at Michigan-- which saved his life in more than one way (long story). When the U.S. entered the war, he and his older brother, an engineer, immediately volunteered to serve, Dad in the Philippines as a medical officer and his brother in Europe (in the OSS). They both survived, but we can only imagine what they saw and experienced along the way and how many of their fellows never returned.
Our world today is dealing with the same kind of insanity that would not have ended without the men of WWII, and few of us today would have the courage and dedication to willingly put our lives on the line to fight this new version of global insanity.
So, OP, thanks to you and for reminding us that it's a good day to remember.
|26 weeks 6 days ago||All this excellence is exhausting!||
From their Facebook page:
"National Champs! ROW BLUE!"
|26 weeks 6 days ago||So, so impressive.||
Straight wins, pulling it out in the 9th... Who needs double elimination?
|26 weeks 6 days ago||Is Gametracker right?||
EDIT: And several emphatic WOW!!!s. WIsh I could have seen it happen.
|26 weeks 6 days ago||Softball is 7.||
Except with Michigan's team, which often gets off work early.
|26 weeks 6 days ago||I'm missing more than the cussing on Gametracker||
How did the inning end? Gametracker showed lead-off ground-rule double, then an out (pop-up or strike-out?), then someone out at first, but the graphic showed nobody on base. What happened to the guy on 2nd? Didn't say double play... Only reported two outs, but the inning was over. Something like that happened yesterday too, a couple times.
|26 weeks 6 days ago||Is this the one?||
|27 weeks 5 hours ago||Thanks, guys.||
Both on the field and on the blog. Gametracker's pretty boring without some emotional input.
|27 weeks 5 hours ago||Don't understand the flat bill||
The curve keeps more sun out of the eyes from the sides. (And it's more flattering.)
|27 weeks 1 day ago||M Softball's Tweet Caption:||
|27 weeks 1 day ago||Yes about avoiding the Empire State Building||
Was posting that in an edit above while you were writing.
Also, Sadeto's comments about downtown reminded me of the Tenement Museum in the Lower East Side, recreating the immigrant experience as the neighborhood itself is becoming gentrified. I've only been there for book events (since I got to NYC early enough to still buy pickles from barrels), but their tours are supposed to be terrific. They may be too pricey for all of you ($25/per) and should be booked in advance (only 12 on a tour), but here's their website if you want to explore.
|27 weeks 1 day ago||Wow! How much time have you got?||
That's a pretty good sampling you've got planned already. Don't want to wear the kids out... A suggestion you don't need since you'll be taking a ferry to Ellis Island, but for those on a budget, the Staten Island Ferry is great for a harbor tour (and free!).
You probably won't want to do more than one museum on a short trip, but the Museum of Natural History and the Hayden Planetarium are great for families. And if you want something to do in the evening, as long as you're going to take in Times Square, you can get discount tix for Broadway & Off-Bway at the TKTS booth. (Just avoid those costumed super-heroes imported from L.A.) But I think your plan is great. Some of the basics, and some off-the-beaten-path. (So far the weather looks good.)
EDIT: Didn't ask the age of your kids, but if they're young, remember the children's zoo in Central Park. And skip the Empire State Building. Hours in line and in the elevator, and for an exhorbitant charge. Enough to appreciate just walking around and looking up instead of down.