The nutty Michigan coverage isn't so much about Harbaugh as it is a signal to the Big Ten that Fox wants to party.
|22 hours 58 min 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:
|3 days 7 hours 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.
|3 days 7 hours ago||An article was posted on mgo.licio.us||
But that video couldn't have been part of it. Too funny to forget.
|3 days 20 hours 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.
|3 days 22 hours 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.
|3 days 22 hours 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.
|3 days 23 hours 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.
|4 days 3 hours 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!
|5 days 14 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.)
|6 days 18 min 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.
|6 days 3 hours ago||Rosters & Depth Chart per Wojo||
My favorite quote:
|6 days 6 hours 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?
|6 days 18 hours 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!
|6 days 19 hours 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.
|6 days 21 hours 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.
|6 days 22 hours 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.
|1 week 1 hour ago||Can any of you techies fix my turntable?||
Ah, well. Vinyl is so decorative.
|1 week 4 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.
|1 week 4 days ago||Don't worry.||
They'll find you.
|1 week 4 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.
|1 week 4 days ago||Why we love the blog||
and its fine university. Using "ad hominems" and "frontal cortex" in one short paragraph without sounding pretentious.
|2 weeks 23 hours 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.)
|2 weeks 5 days ago||And, on the other side of the field, Josh Furman||
Who had two solo tackles and a sack.
|2 weeks 5 days 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.
|2 weeks 5 days 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"
|2 weeks 5 days 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.
|2 weeks 6 days 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.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||Exeunt All of the Norfleets||
The plural form is acceptable as determined by the multiple posts of his singular exit.
|3 weeks 1 day 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'.)
|3 weeks 1 day ago||That's what made me sigh with nostalgia.||
That and the result of the OSU game.
|3 weeks 3 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.
|3 weeks 3 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.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||Will be a half-time tribute at the Hall of Fame Game||
Just announced on NBC, for those who aren't watching.
|3 weeks 4 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.
|3 weeks 4 days 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.
|4 weeks 2 hours 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.
|4 weeks 2 hours ago||Loaded quickly for me on Firefox||
But I'm writing about an hour later.
|4 weeks 2 hours ago||Thanks for the heads-up.||
Had already put Devin Gardner on the future TV list, as the smartly comedic sidekick.
|4 weeks 3 hours 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).
|4 weeks 23 hours 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.
|4 weeks 5 days ago||TwitPic by Pulitzer-Prize-winning Michigan alum David Turnley!||
Those who leave come back.
[Turnley not responsible for the squashed effect.]
|4 weeks 5 days 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.)
|5 weeks 22 hours 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.
|5 weeks 6 days ago||My guess is the kids are going to like him.||
|6 weeks 1 day 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.
|7 weeks 6 days ago||Was thinking it was a rear-view Barbie Doll||
Very long-waisted torso with tiny waist and hips.
|7 weeks 6 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.
|7 weeks 6 days ago||Who else feels really old||
reading WD agonizing about feeling old?
|8 weeks 2 days ago||Wash-ing Keith-ton...||
Shifting syllables along with positions?
|8 weeks 3 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.
|11 weeks 6 days ago||Another couple dos:||
1. Wear sunscreen.
2. Tell Harbaugh to wear sunscreen. Please.
|12 weeks 15 min ago||Pharaohs are mere humans!||
These guys are both Egyptian Gods and Saints!
|12 weeks 23 min ago||Michigan tradition||
(see: Elliot Mealer.) Good to know it applies even to athletic injuries.
|12 weeks 3 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).
|12 weeks 3 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.
|12 weeks 3 days ago||This quote seems pretty relevant to this thread||
A good read.
|12 weeks 3 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.
|12 weeks 4 days 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?
|12 weeks 4 days 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!
|12 weeks 5 days 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.
|12 weeks 5 days 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.
|13 weeks 31 min 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.
|13 weeks 1 day 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...
|13 weeks 5 days ago||And if you've played in the Big House||
You're equipped to deal with loud noises.
|14 weeks 1 day 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):
|14 weeks 1 day 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.
|14 weeks 2 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.
|14 weeks 4 days ago||All this excellence is exhausting!||
From their Facebook page:
"National Champs! ROW BLUE!"
|14 weeks 4 days ago||So, so impressive.||
Straight wins, pulling it out in the 9th... Who needs double elimination?
|14 weeks 4 days ago||Is Gametracker right?||
EDIT: And several emphatic WOW!!!s. WIsh I could have seen it happen.
|14 weeks 4 days ago||Softball is 7.||
Except with Michigan's team, which often gets off work early.
|14 weeks 4 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.
|14 weeks 4 days ago||Is this the one?||
|14 weeks 4 days ago||Thanks, guys.||
Both on the field and on the blog. Gametracker's pretty boring without some emotional input.
|14 weeks 4 days ago||Don't understand the flat bill||
The curve keeps more sun out of the eyes from the sides. (And it's more flattering.)
|14 weeks 5 days ago||M Softball's Tweet Caption:||
|14 weeks 6 days 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.
|14 weeks 6 days 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.
|14 weeks 6 days ago||Covering all the bases||
|14 weeks 6 days ago||I went back to Gametracker||
And since there were two outs for Georgia last time I looked and now it said Sierra Lawrence was next to bat, I figured it was over? In a positive kind of way?
|14 weeks 6 days ago||Audio available via Iowa||
There's a link to the Gametracker on MGoBlue's main page, and a link up at the top of the Gametracker to Iowa audio. If you pay the $9.95/month for the CBS-powered "premium" stuff (now called "College Sports Live") via Michigan, you can sign in with your Michigan membership info.
I was going to drop it since there was less and less premium stuff available, with what was formerly premium seems to have moved to BTNPlus (also $9.95). I'll avoid my anti-corporate rant, because I can listen to the game.
|14 weeks 6 days ago||They used to.||
But the money took over. Now that we have BTN and ESPN, they're limited as to what they're allowed to broadcast.
|14 weeks 6 days ago||Went to the show courtesy of the M Alumni Club||
just last year. Found the show folk called back on my answering machine when I was out of town, on the same day that the free hotel copy of USA-Today had the headline that he'd just announced his retirement the night before. (Some friends were hoping to go in the last few weeks, knowing he'd be gone, but said it was booked solid.)
He does [did] a warm-up with the crowd (most shows have a stand-in comedian), in his shirtsleeves as you saw on the clip of a day-in-his-life, and having been there I now know why they have the close-up on someone in the audience after a sly comment in the monologue. It's a follow-up to the pre-show audience Q&A, so the writers get something out of it almost immediately to stick into the monologue. Once the show starts, the cameras tend to block him (there are monitors to watch when that happens), but one of the advantages of being live is you actually hear the band play during the commercials.
My one disappointment was the guest that night-- one of the very few comedians I'm not fond of. Knowing he's popular with a lot of people, he'll remain nameless. He's the kind of over-the-top guy who's a distinct contrast with Letterman's sly, sardonic, and increasingly human thing I was getting so fond of.
At least now I might get to bed on time.
|14 weeks 6 days ago||I saw it live||
Or as live as it could be, considering they tape [make that "taped"] in late afternoon. I remember thinking Hoke was adorable. Felt so bad for Letterman when he abandoned Dave's alma mater for-- was it San Diego State then?
And I too loved the directionals. Speaking of which, was the shot-in-the-foot reference to Plaxico Burress? Did Ball State play MSU and perhaps lose to them that year?
|15 weeks 1 day ago||I didn't||
I eventually figured out it had something to do with baseball, because I was pretty sure we didn't have an O-lineman named Victor Martinez.
I just saw a headline referring to the Securities & Exchange commission and thought it was about ESPN's favorite conference. We need more letters in our alphabet.
|15 weeks 1 day ago||Very happy for him||
Was nervous for him at the Pats when I saw he still hadn't been given a roster number as of Sunday. Had read a local column (possibly even on the Pats website) only a day or two before saying the Pats had enough WRs, knew he'd be a project, but couldn't count on bringing him back to the practice squad if they cut him. They were right. He was picked up immediately, by a team that isn't such a tease with Michigan players (see Gallon and Cam Gordon; three in two years).
|15 weeks 1 day ago||They had Foote & Woodley at the same time...||
And speaking of Foote & Woodley, they're together again with the Cardinals. Was disappointed to see Foote was cut, until I discovered Foote's been hired as an ass't coach (linebackers). Still thinks he can play, and if he gets healthy and they need depth, he may try to get back on the roster. But can't do both per NFL rules, and so far he seems to be really enjoying the coaching thing.
Maybe should be a separate post...
|15 weeks 1 day ago||Or to betray his insider sources||
Being loyal to the end. Or as much of an end as landing at the airport seems not to be.
|15 weeks 2 days ago||I thought he finally got his defensive coordinator of choice||
who wouldn't follow him from WV to Mich.
|15 weeks 3 days ago||Someone explained that in an earlier thread||
But I never remember things that make no sense to me.
|15 weeks 3 days ago||My computer crashes||
and it's suddenly 8-0. Time to upgrade.
|15 weeks 3 days ago||Apparently don't need to now.||
Confirming down here so the frustrated can see it.
|15 weeks 3 days ago||Interesting...||
They must have switched things up. When I tried earlier, it was looking for my cable provider (don't have one). Now it's streaming for us cable-less. Thanks!
|15 weeks 3 days ago||Not on my computer||
Unless you're just saying that ESPN3 is a streaming channel rather than TV...
But they do have the replays available after a game is over. (Small comfort.)
|15 weeks 3 days ago||If you take a nap and ignore the internet||
You can replay later on ESPN3.
I'm thinking of watching yesterday's game there while following today's via MGoPosters. (Obviously I don't care about being surprised.)
|16 weeks 16 hours ago||All I Need||
|16 weeks 1 day ago||Your avatar reminds me||
of a book I thoroughly enjoyed, and considering I'm not even qualified to participate in the what-are-you-drinking threads but have noticed how many there are...
Tom Standage, technology editor of the Economist, putting together the discovery/invention/popularity of 6 different beverages with major shifts in human civilization.
|16 weeks 1 day ago||There are several on Youtube||
May as well start with Physics 01: Photons, Corpuscles of Light.
|16 weeks 2 days ago||Making the most of his practice time||
working on two skills at once. Outside shooting and dunking. Unfortunately, he made the shot, so he couldn't practice legal rebound dunking. But you do what you can.
|17 weeks 1 day ago||Destiny||
When I google-imaged Jake Ryan (even without using "Jake Ryan Hair"), the third photo that showed up was of Clay Matthews.
Turned out to be from an MLive article way back in 2012:
I was searching for a post-draft article about Jake already having mastered the Lambeau Leap.... Can't find the article, but I'm pretty sure this is the photo.
Lots of comments from his new fans looking forward to his also mastering the Lambeau Linebacker Look. Better fire his barber asap so he's not accused of false advertising.
|17 weeks 1 day ago||Absolutely agree||
I usually have a problem with competitions in the arts (apples & oranges thing), but I convince myself that shows like this allow off-the-beaten-path performers to get broader exposure and the chance to find their audience.
EDIT: Did you add that 2nd paragraph? If so, I'm glad I took so long to post my reply so you'd have a chance to do so.
|17 weeks 1 day ago||Are you his wife's brother or is he your wife's brother?||
Either way, congrats to him. A friend, who's a Michigan alum, but we didn't meet until here in NYC, is a rabid fan of the show, got me to watch, and I was pleasantly surprised to find how the singers on this show are allowed to be unique and not all bred and groomed to become Generic Big Pop. He has a wonderful quality, a folky kind of approach, acoustic guitar and all, and we're both big fans. [For those of you who don't watch the show, they've had terrific contestants this year, so making it to the top 6-- as different as they are from one another-- is magnificent.]
|17 weeks 2 days ago||"Counselors who worked with the couple"||
In the small print:
If that's true, wouldn't that have required permission from both Clark and his girlfriend? Wouldn't what the counselors told them have required an agreement of confidentiality? Or would the level of non-disclosure have been part of the agreement to allow the team to speak with the counselors?
|17 weeks 3 days ago||In the caps||
|17 weeks 4 days ago||Indeed he did!||
Thanks. #16 on the current roster.
|17 weeks 4 days ago||Gallon was injured in camp||
and really didn't get a chance to play. Was finally put in at the end of preseason, and didn't show enough in his few minutes of the very last preseason game for them to keep him. Wondered if he was looking to sign elsewhere this year, if he ever got healthy.
|18 weeks 15 hours ago||He played really well for the Giants||
He was the main reason I was still watching them. Mike Cox was injured last season and cut a few days ago...
Interestingly, the only Michigan player left with the Giants is Thomas Gordon, who was signed as an undrafted free agent last year, injured in preseason but kept on IR, and signed to a futures contract. So they must have seen something in him in camp before he got injured. A new reason to watch.
|18 weeks 1 day ago||So it's not just Google trying to kidnap us.||
Couldn't close the page without signing up. And here I was thinking of switching to Chrome. Thinking this was a thug approach, I changed my mind.
|18 weeks 3 days ago||That makes sense, from what we know of both of them||
Beilein would have found it hard to crush Austin's dreams, but Austin's dreams have no doubt changed. He recovered beyond anyone's expectations and found his moments on the court, but what he's gone through has taught him that there's more to life than basketball. He'll retain the bonds with his coaches and teammates, and the love of his fans, and now he can turn to using the hard-won rest of his life to do even more.
|18 weeks 3 days ago||I think he's already said he's changed his focus from medicine||
I think he's already said he's changed his focus from medicine and that he wants to use what he's learned from his experiences to help in other ways, I believe including public speaking (no doubt on the inspirational path).
The mere fact that he's speaking again at all, and so well, after months and months of therapy, makes this another version of a Hollywood ending.
|19 weeks 1 day ago||It's well remembered, but I||
It's well remembered, but I don't think it started here. Wasn't the "family values" thing one of the excuses of certain players (or player) who left for the wholesome atmosphere across the border? And perhaps from parents, and players who complained to parents, and perhaps certain writers for certain papers who were observing practice and were shocked, yes shocked, at the lack of wholesomeness?
On the other hand, It's not necessarily great PR to have coaches speak like that in public, but back in Bo's day speaking like that to players wasn't made public and no one was cell-ing and tweeting and broadcasting from every corner.
|19 weeks 2 days ago||Hope he treasures his last year here as we do||
Finally got a chance to shine and fill the leadership vacuum when we really needed him. All the best to him in his next stop. Time for him to be a star.
|19 weeks 3 days ago||Life has so few certainties.||
A welcome addition to death and taxes.
|20 weeks 3 days ago||Not surprising that he would focus on the kids||
He remembers his own childhood, and the child in him is still there in his smile. (When it comes to Denard, we can allow ourselves to get a little schmaltzy.)
|20 weeks 4 days ago||Wow. I'm sorry I didn't read this until after the late sports||
on one of the local NYC stations. Would have loved to see how they covered it.
|21 weeks 20 hours ago||Concur. Besides being 3-time NCAA champion||
and national champion and Olympian, he's stayed at Michigan to be a volutneer assistant coach while he continues training for the Olympics and finishing his degree. And even the other members of the national team have told interviewers of what a great teammate Sam is, and commentators always taking about his positivity and good nature.
I went to the NCAA championships a couple years ago when they were at Penn State, which was then ranked #1 before Michigan upset the home team. I read a girl's T-shirt which made it clear she knew one of Penn State's top gymnasts. Asked if she was related, she said she was his girlfriend. When I mentioned Sam Mikulak, she told me her boyfriend thought he was just the nicest guy. And Sam had already beaten her boyfriend for All-Around champion. So even his rivals like him.
As for the current gymnasts, Stacey Ervin has become a big favorite.
|21 weeks 3 days ago||Utah isn't more likely to have an off-day than UCLA||
Michigan already lost to them in what was then M's highest score of the season: Utah's almost perfect 198.250 to Michigan's incredible 197.675, which they topped only at the Big Ten Championships.
But off-days happen in Gymnastics, so the game is on!
|21 weeks 4 days ago||Correct||
Michigan was a #1 seed, so got to go close to home. UCLA was a #2 seed, but they were ranked only one spot below Michigan nationally, and from what I could see last night, they're really, really good. They must have just missed a #1 seed. (The two teams haven't competed head to head until last night.)
The live streams were by event, which is nice because you can switch to your own team and see everything, but you don't see the competition to be able to compare and understand the scoring. I watched UCLA during Michigan's two byes, and besides having very interesting, difficult routines, they were sticking their landings, so the half-point difference at the end could have just meant a little bobble here, an extra step on a landing for Michigan.
In women's gymnastics (unlike the men in the latter part of the season), 6 gymnasts go up on each event, but only 5 scores are counted. So you can have a big glitch and get away with it, as long as the other 5 hit. In Michigan's case, a couple of our top girls had slightly lower-than-usual scores (but on separate events), so perhaps their expected very high score instead of someone else's nicely high score could also have closed the gap.
And congrats to our neighbors! Central Michigan's team (ranked #21 nationally) lept above #18 Arizona to grab 3rd place.
|22 weeks 1 day ago||Mo's a standard nickname for Maurice||
Especially on this side of the water, and I'd figure especially on the field in tough-man sports. (From a family that has some Maurices in their ancestry, as well as those named after them but hiding the tradition as middle names; even a newborn named to honor a late one from the other side of his family who's already getting Mo-ed.)
|23 weeks 3 days ago||I saw OT in the title and assumed Michigan wasn't his top pick||
Too many acronyms, too little space in the brain.
|23 weeks 4 days ago||The men are right now tuning up for the B1G tourney||
in an event against Illinois-Chicago in Keene. The team is currently back to #3 nationally, the highest in the Big Ten, with the B1G tourney next weekend at Penn State.
The live results page lists Stacey Ervin in the all-around, which would make this his first attempt this season, after tearing his biceps last year. I actually don't think he's ever done the all-around, but with Sam Mikulak gone and former all-around runner-up to Sam (both in Big Tens and NCAA) Adrian de los Angeles still coming back from injuries, I guess they figured they should try to have someone compete in the AA and assume Stacey's biceps is strong enough to try rings.
Great start so far for Stacey in his feature event, floor: 15.850.
|23 weeks 5 days ago||Thanks. CBS Gametracker still said top of the 1st 0-0||
Was watching the video stream on and off before the hockey game, but the Gametracker kept saying it was top of the 1st, and I couldn't figure out why all those 1st inning runs I saw didn't count.
|23 weeks 6 days ago||Best of luck to all of you waiting to hear||
Have gone through this day with family members. Nerve-wracking, but all turned out well. Can this be an open thread to let us know where you all are heading?
|24 weeks 15 hours ago||PIpkins is not practicing||
Has been Injured. Thinks the coaches won't take any chances with him and not put him on the field this spring.
|24 weeks 15 hours ago||Then how did all those guys get so many words in||
their transcripts of his segments? And different words, too. I felt compelled to listen to each of the segments, because Marcus was saying so much of what we've been wanting to hear, and so detailed in his analysis.
So what are you waiting for, BTN? Give this guy the go-ahead!
PS: He also said that Pipkins has been out injured, and he doesn't think they're going to take any chances playing him this spring.
PPS: When he mentioned a bubble screen, he actually defined it (in very few words).
|24 weeks 3 days ago||Heck, he is just now building relationships||
with the kids on his own team! Fortunately, that seems to be going quite well.
|24 weeks 3 days ago||What was interesting about this meet||
was how many seniors there were competing today. Guys that have been on the team but rarely competing because they were behind now-graduated Sam Mikulak and Syque Caesar, and current senior stars Adrian de los Angeles and Stacey Ervin who have been out or battling injuries since last year; now have had a chance to step up, gain experience and confidence, and they're doing very nicely. Sophomore Tristian Perez-Rivera also didn't compete today, apparently an injury in training, but is thought to be returning for the Big Tens.
One of the two former National Jr. champ freshmen (Marty Strech) hasn't competed in a couple weeks (with actual commentators today, they said he'd been "out", but no word whether he's out for the season), and the other, Dmitri Belanovski, had been the only member of the team doing the all-around this season. Now Dmitri's only competing in a couple events, so it's possible that he was training as an all-arounder because he can, but his difficulty levels aren't yet high enough to pay off in the 5-up-5-down scoring the men use at the end of the season. So now some of the senior "specialists" who are capable of scoring higher on their individual events are taking those spots.
Unrelated to the age of our team, Illinois was definitely off its game today. Their senior star, CJ Maestas, was competing with recent injuries, and several of their top guys (including him) had major glitches and falls. So I doubt the the big difference in total score tonight is predictive of tourney results. But Michigan's "understudies" are getting better, and some of the injured guys getting stronger, so that's a good sign for the future.
|24 weeks 4 days ago||Also set a record for largest crowd in NCAA history||
for a regular season gymnastics meet. Saw the broadcast. The place was packed. Utah is very big on gymnastics, their team was favored and they were very, very good. But Michigan showed that they belong in that company.
Hmm. Just went to their website to check the facts about the attendance record (whether or not it was for regular season or including tourneys). Discovered that the Utes lost to Georgia today, a ranked team Michigan beat earlier in the season. Interesting.
Maybe we can set a record for attendance for the B1G tourney in Crisler next weekend.
|24 weeks 4 days ago||The video's been privatized||
They used to post the videos of the press conferences on MGoBlue.com. Guess they don't want them seen anymore. Maybe afraid of that Harbaugh stare. (Happens with the linked one below as well.)
|24 weeks 4 days ago||The embed also now says "This is private."||
|25 weeks 1 day ago||Still very much involved: New Duties as of last May||
More info in 2014 press release. Plus he still has other regular gigs, mostly radio I believe. (Wikipedia says he "was said to be" one of the finalists for the play-by-play spot that went to Dierdorff. But who knows who said it.)
|25 weeks 2 days ago||Given the bad cards he was dealt...||
And kept working and smiling. C'Mon, Magnus! Where are you? Prove our point with your avatar!
|25 weeks 5 days ago||For a brief moment they seemed to have won an extra 3||
The headline on MGoBlue.com tonight said that Men's Lacrosse had beaten Penn State, Temple and the Puerto Rican National Team. It was actually Men's Gymnastics that won the Puerto Rican invitational tourney. Fortunately softball's victory moved that story out of the top spot so that somebody noticed and corrected it.
Highlights of the actual gymnastics competition included Michigan beating #2 Penn State, which had beaten Michigan in an earlier meet, and Michigan's own Puerto Rican gymnast, Tristian Perez-Rivera, competing in his first all-around in front of his home crowd, and impressing the coach of their national team to solidify his chance to compete for his country.
|25 weeks 5 days ago||Harris was the solid under-the-radar guy||
here in NY. Terrific player, always showed up but never sought the limelight or drew attention to himself. Sometimes wondered if the non-Michigan fans even noticed. Nice to know that those in charge are still noticing.
On another front, since you mention Foote, he was cut by the Cardinals a week or so ago. Maybe he did such a good job of mentoring Kenny Demens in the same position that they figured they could stick with the youngster. (Also the Raiders cut LaMarr Woodley.)
|25 weeks 5 days ago||Shear Terror||
|26 weeks 1 day ago||One dose of Amoxi was more than enough for me.||
Went to bed after that first (and only) dose, knew I was in trouble when I starting feeling warm. Ended up looking like I'd fallen asleep in a tanning machine. A beautiful even pink color over my entire body, but add the swollen legs and the feeling that I was on fire... Needed a course of corticosteroids to get rid of it. (The dermatologist said Amoxicillin is "famous" for its rashes.)
But, hey, I'm not allergic to peanuts. So there's that...
|26 weeks 2 days ago||The T-shirt with this on it||
Suitable for wearing around friends who can't believe I like football. I explain that Woodson was recruited by the City Ballet, but he opted for an education and went with Michigan.
|26 weeks 2 days ago||and his brother Honus||
[Made more sense when I thought you were talking about that other BBall.]
|26 weeks 4 days ago||No.||
The new coaching regime has opted for something called physicality. Different strokes for different folks.
|26 weeks 4 days ago||Yeah, that's the problem with attracting the best in the world||
Five of M's six individual championships are courtesy of Dylan Bosch, who swims for South Africa, and Bruno Ortiz, who swims for Japan. But the sixth, Paul Powers, is from Georgia and has already competed for the U.S. in junior international competition. And he's only a freshman.
It's fun to root for them all internationally, even if we're the only ones who know they're sort of Americans.
PS: We should still have former M swimmers on the next Olympic team, some of whom have already won medals.
|26 weeks 4 days ago||This was originally posted by the father of a recruit||
which is why there was the controversy above. Besides the basic question of privacy and offending coaches of other schools, it makes sense that having his name (and his son's) in this public forum might have resulted in coaches being less willing to allow him into practice in the future.
|26 weeks 4 days ago||Interview with Bolden on MGoBlue.com||
should answer your question. LINK
Also posted here earlier: See "Bolden speaks of Harbaughing..." Says he loves Hoke, so trying not to make value judgments, talking specifically (and enthusiastically) about the differences in practice.
|26 weeks 5 days ago||And the Durkining and the Peppering...||
Great fun. [The authorized version from the Mothership!]
|26 weeks 5 days ago||And much prettier than your avatar||
And much prettier than your avatar
|26 weeks 5 days ago||His life was as a blessing||
|26 weeks 6 days ago||Congrats.||
As I read this, you have amassed 126 points. You now have your upvoting license.
|26 weeks 6 days ago||Never heard of Randy Moss until he played for the NFL||
Tyrone Wheatley, on the other hand... Yes, it was with TJ Jr. that I felt I'd crossed the border.
|27 weeks 21 hours ago||I think his point was that he DOES know the difference.||
and was listing how different days can have the feeling of "a new year" and thus "a new beginning," New Year's Day being the obvious, and that to many (and he was very careful with his wording here to avoid the no religion/no politics issue), Xmas is that new year/new beginning, and that to us here, the first day of practice is that new year/new beginning. (Which in football, he says, you get to have twice a year, so that's a bonus doubling the chances of starting out fresh.)
|27 weeks 1 day ago||The team, the team, the team!||
All make their contributions for the good of all.
|27 weeks 1 day ago||Yeah, but what do you do with those changing borders?||
What about those towns that were in Poland one minute, then in Austro-Hungary, and then you try to track an ancestral one down and find out it's now in [the] Ukraine?
|27 weeks 2 days ago||Surprised about the #81list||
Until I realized that the two Michigan receivers I associated with #81 wore it in the NFL: Amani Toomer for the Giants, and Jason Avant managed to get the #81 in all three of his NFL teams: the Eagles, then the Panthers and now the Chiefs. (Avant wore #8 at Michigan and Toomer #18.)
|27 weeks 3 days ago||Very impressive interview.||
How he used his redshirt year, balancing student teaching with football this year, and more. Looking forward to seeing him back on the field.
|27 weeks 3 days ago||I have a serious traditionalist fan friend||
who has the same problem with The Big House. "It's called Michigan Stadium!!! The Big House is Southern Michigan Prison!" [We're from Jackson.]
Must say I haven't heard the complaint lately... Maybe the realization has sunk in that Michigan staff and announcers and players (and recruits) also use the term.
|27 weeks 3 days ago||Best of luck to him.||
Hope he can carry some good memories of his time here, along with his degree.
It would be great to see him get a fresh start on the field and a chance to enjoy the game again.
|27 weeks 3 days ago||I was prepared not to like it because it was a gimmick||
But I was surprised at how engrossing it was. , and the kid they found as the boy was incredible (too many incredibles, sorry, it's late), gradually his hair would grow, gradually his voice would deepen, and all the way through he was believable and very, very good.
Other than that, I saw all the nominated films but American Sniper, and they were all good. The apples & oranges thing. So I watched Downton Abbey and watched the end of the other thing.
Agreed with all the acting awards. [Wait? Who was supporting actress? I was watching Downton then. And that was the only one I wasn't sure about. Good performances, but.... ]
Thought JK Simmons in Whiplash was a shoo-in as soon as I saw the first few minutes of the movie. Some people I told not to see it, because it would strike too close to home. That teacher/professor/coach who "teaches" via humiliation, plus a few extra doses of psychopathology. And realizing later he's the same guy who plays the nebbishy professor of that insurance company's mythical college... [People who've watched Oz were less surprised. I've only seen him play nice guys.] Hoped Julianne Moore would win, and she did. All the lead actors were terrific in terrific roles, but Eddie Redmayne had the good fortune to be given the role of a lifetime and the challenge of playing someone who's still alive, and believably showing the gradual changes as his disease takes over (not a spoiler) without it becoming grotesque or a joke. I really thought I was looking at Stephen Hawking. And now when I see Stephen Hawking I think he's an imposter.
|27 weeks 3 days ago||And for us it's a title of honor||
and affection. We love our weird guys.
|27 weeks 4 days ago||Women chasing all the Big Boys (so to speak)||
In the midst of the Big Ten Tourney, the women swimmers are setting records. Currently #2 going into the finals.
#15 Women's tennis upset #6 Baylor 4-1, and Emina Bektas tied a Michigan record with most singles wins.
And #6 Women's gymnastics was 8-0 going into last night's meet with #1 Oklahoma (defending national champs) and almost upset them, closing the score to lose by less than 2/10 of a point (197.375-197.250). They've already beaten several ranked teams, and lead the B1G in 3 out 4 events. The 4th is vault (where they're only 2nd in the B1G), and if they'd only stuck a couple more landings on their spectacular vaults, they could have had the upset. Now they know they belong in the NCAA picture as well as being the favorites for the Big Ten.
Sophomore Nicole Artz (whose picture below seems to say it all), got a 10 from one judge in beam, winning the event with a career high 9.950. In contrast to the description of the SEC commentators for softball, the analyst for this meet was Olympic champ Shawn Johnson. Giving Oklahoma its due respect, she became very impressed with Michigan and wasn't shy about saying the other judge should have given Nicole the 10. Considering Shawn won the Olympic gold in beam, she should know. Below she's on floor, with almost as almost-perfect a score: 9.925.
EDIT: The picture is much better un-thinified.
|27 weeks 5 days ago||Wait a second!||
I've stared at that PeeWee Denard picture over and over again, and it was only now that I noticed the connection!
Denard and Jordan were destined to be together in our hearts!
|27 weeks 5 days ago||Ah, don't listen to Carlos.||
Although I wouldn't go so far as to get married to see an away game, I am a female and there are times I can't admit that I'm turning down comp tix for something because I have to sneak away and watch a Michigan sports event. And that sentence he obviously missed? Good sign for the marriage.
|27 weeks 6 days ago||I have the same problem.||
So here it is again. Works for me every time.
|27 weeks 6 days ago||Currently #44 on the active roster||
Whether he's still there after the draft and camps and preseason cuts is another question. But he wasn't one of the cuts after this season, isn't one of the 10 guys signed to their "futures/reserve" group, has been back and forth from their practice squad a couple of times, and I think this last time he was taken from Philadelphia's P.Sq. to move back on to their active squad. Sounds like they like him, so here's hoping.
|28 weeks 21 hours ago||They're both from hot-climate schools||
where you work up a sweat just getting up in the morning. So maybe they're imagining what the AC would be like for summer work-outs.
|28 weeks 22 hours ago||The MMB actually has an arrangement of "Monster Mash"||
Part of a monster-themed half-time show back in the early-to-mid-70s. (Just checked with the arranger to confirm.)
[It's possible you knew that, but just in case.]
|28 weeks 1 day ago||Parentage||
Griese was son of an NFL player who had a little success in his time and probably had no problem with his son's tuition, and Sheridan's dad had coached at Michigan and around the NFL, now back home as Lions linebackers coach. Not the standard walk-on profiles.
Update: Nick is now (or at least starting in 2014) an offensive graduate ass't at Tennessee.
|28 weeks 1 day ago||And didn't he just have an intense||
And didn't he just have an intense pre-draft ethics coaching session with Harbaugh?
|28 weeks 1 day ago||Thank you so much.||
Carry on, gentlemen.
|28 weeks 1 day ago||So who's the guy with him?||
I assume he's a recruit, and he's smiling. All the way down the board and no one's identified him or even asked. Guess our obsessions are getting diverted.
|28 weeks 2 days ago||I remember getting grades then...||
But penmanship and citizenship* brought my GPA down.
*not political. I think it had something to do with giggling.
|28 weeks 3 days ago||The top three are tied at 15%||
with Beilein close enough at 10%... For those of us who need reminders, can we ask the OP to remind us every day?
|28 weeks 3 days ago||Thought so too||
Even though I first saw it on the official M team twitter (shocking!). Fortunately the warm-up photo tempted me to look further. Here's the LBSU website with the official history, plus quotes from team alumni-- including a couple MLB pitchers you may have heard of-- giving it their personal spin. [As posted below, it's the baseball nickname only. Their other teams are called the 49'ers.]
|28 weeks 3 days ago||It's tricky [warning: broadcasting/corporate greed rant]||
I subscribed to the CBS sports thing on the monthly plan, primarily to see gymnastics (both M & W, though the men were rarely covered), and when I signed up this year it turns out that with the burgeoning conference networks the CBS thing is almost useless.
I've been able to watch a couple with BTNPlus (including the recent men's home meet upsetting #2 Stanford, with the bonus of Syque Caesar & Sam Mikulak commentating), but the women's recent meet at Georgia required belonging to the SEC network (via ESPN). And though I was able to see the men's meet at Penn State, it turned out to be a dual meet, with the Penn State women (against Maryland I think) competing as well as the men, so there was almost NO coverage of the Michigan men's routines. Yes, it's their home meet. But the Stanford men were given full attention and commentary at the Michigan home meet. Very frustrating. They might introduce a Michigan gymnast waiting for the cue to begin, and then move the cameras to Penn Staters competing, whether women or men. They even seemed to feature more of the Maryland women, probably because they're, you know, women. (So am I, in case that seems prejudicial.)
I especially wanted to see the men's meet this weekend at #1 Oklahoma, and I was thrilled to see a ""video" link show up on the MGoBlue listing only a day or two before the meet, but the link took you to Oklahoma's Fox-based pay network. Yes, Michigan lost, even with their highest score this season despite a couple falls, but Oklahoma, with its 7 returning seniors, set an NCAA scoring record, and it would have been nice to actually see what gave them such incredible scores.
Rant of Outrage: If some corporation is making money for showing our amateur athletes, whether or not at the home of the other team, shouldn't we be able to see them without paying fees to join every one of these competing networks? You'd think the conference networks would at least collaborate with each other to offer complimentary access to the fans of another conference's visiting team.
If you're reading this far, the women's M-MSU meet was not televised, but their Oklahoma meet will be available on BTNPlus. Good luck!
|28 weeks 3 days ago||Last night was a replay of the 1975 premiere||
Just posted about it above. (Out of the loop myself, but I noticed it in the TV listings. Don't usually watch it these days, so would have missed it.)
|28 weeks 3 days ago||Last night's regular SNL slot was a reply of the premiere||
episode with George Carlin a shost and Janis Ian and Billy Preston as musical guests. She was a revelation, singing "Seventeen." Beautiful. Billy Preston was with his band, and wearing a disco-sequined wide-lapel black suit. Nice contrast to Ian's simple folk look. What a great combination. I assumed they always had only one musical guest, but there was no studio band for this episode, so maybe this wasn't so unusual in the early days?
|28 weeks 3 days ago||Being the "odd man out"||
is the classic training ground of the comedian.
Nice to have proof of her cred.
|28 weeks 4 days ago||Sunday Update - They win again||
Run-rule 10-2 over Georgia Tech. Driesenga gets the W.
|28 weeks 5 days ago||Since I'm late to the party||
May I request your now-gone-but-well-reviewed title?
|28 weeks 5 days ago||Men's Update - #1 Oklahoma next for them too [edit - TODAY]||
Thought of writing an update last week after they upset #2 Stanford, but may as well give it in a preview to their upcoming meet in Norman, which should be a another good one.
Oklahoma, long a powerhouse in gymnastics, is currently #1 for both men & women. Their men's team is undefeated so far this year, with 7 returning seniors and only one freshman.
The Michigan men, like the women, are currently #5, but they're not undefeated, having a rebuilding year after the graduation of our Olympians. With talented youngsters and a few upperclassmen coming back from injury, they're gradually working in more competitive routines, debuting some riskier moves to upset #2 Stanford last week here at home. (The two teams they've lost to, Penn State & Illinois, are currently #3 and #4. With Oklahoma, Michigan will have already competed against all the teams in last year's NCAA finals.) Their only current all-arounder is a true freshman, Dmitri Belanovski, who capped the Stanford meet with a stuck landing in his new high bar routine, clinching the victory for the home team. Stacey Ervin, with three events scoring above 15.000, was named co-B1G gymnast of the week.
As for those graduated Olympians, 3-time NCAA Champ Sam Mikulak and Syque Caesar, one of the highlights of the Stanford meet was that they were the commentators on BTNPlus. They've stayed at Michigan as graduate assistants while they continue training, and now they may have an alternate career. They were terrific (in my completely unbiased opinion). Besides being incredibly knowledgeable and knowing most of the top men on the other teams, they were obviously enjoying themselves, helping us neophytes understand what makes one routine higher scoring and which positions on rings are inhumanly painful even when done correctly. Hope they get another chance.
|29 weeks 21 hours ago||Thanks||
Have a couple non-Mich friends who were interested in seeing it. (And are willing to invite me over.)
|29 weeks 23 hours ago||"Are there any details on why now?"||
He was fired for telling too much truth.
EDIT: I was hoping I'd get away with a "/not politics, really" disclaimer. It was mean to be a joke (re: Brian Williams). But my failure only emphasizes why so many of us signed on to this thread: "Dying is easy. Comedy is hard." We salute those who do it so well.
|29 weeks 1 day ago||CBS Morning Program||
Also appreciate its courageously breaking away from the "Entertainment This Morning" model and eliminating the screaming crowds and manic hosts. I'm one of those who'd rather not wake up to high-decible, high-pitched noises other than my alarm clock.
|29 weeks 1 day ago||Link! Please!||
Appreciate it. Thanks.
|29 weeks 1 day ago||Actually saw it written somewhere||
That he and Brian Williams should just change jobs.
|29 weeks 1 day ago||Confirming something I was thinking||
That beyond the 5th year being good for him, his worth as a mentor for the younger kids would be a bonus for the team as well.
|29 weeks 1 day ago||A guy who actually coached in the NFL||
wouldn't need to be a graduate assistant. Makes sense that a player who's experienced the NFL (in whatever capacity), who's smart enough to have graduated from Northwestern and one could guess smart enough to decide to turn to coaching, starts out as a graduate assistant under some very experienced and successful coaches while getting an advanced degree at another high-quality university.
Anyway, nice to have a smart former lineman help out on the line, and get on that coaching tree.
|29 weeks 1 day ago||Isn't that the shorter version?||
Which I understand was on College Gameday when they were in A2? Isn't the ESPNU one a full half hour?
|29 weeks 3 days ago||Speaking of the Jewett thread||
Someone posted there that he had no idea Michigan had black athletes before 1960. He was negged a bit, but I think it's great that he made the admission. The thread obviously opened his eyes, and if nothing else that's a reason to post things like this periodically for those youngsters who aren't aware of this history.
|29 weeks 4 days ago||Sounds like a bit of both||
Kids who choose Stanford or Michigan are usually smart kids who want a good education. Stanford AND Michigan is a very good reason to follow Mom and get his Master's in a slightly different Architecture concentration than his Stanford Bachelor's. Seems a good investment in his future as an architect. Not exactly taking potholder-weaving 101 to get into the NFL. (Nothing against potholder-weaving of course.)
|29 weeks 5 days ago||He's on vacation||
Catching up on some WTKA podcasts today, and Sam wasn't on the show, taking a delayed vacation day. So Ira was the one weighing in on this latest Weber info.
|29 weeks 6 days ago||Perhaps you're more against what the phrase became||
which isn't applicable here. Here it's used to mean someone we're proud of, someone who represents what's good about the University. That other use of the phrase, over-used in a period we'd like to forget in a way we'd like to forget, meant prejudicial exclusivity. George Jewett's story is a reminder that prejudicial exclusivity is not a part of Michigan's tradition.
|30 weeks 3 days ago||As long as they get the lyrics right||
to show they know what the song's about, they should have some freedom (get it?) to make it personal.
|30 weeks 3 days ago||Both Schilling & Gordon are on IR||
But they still count in our hearts.
|30 weeks 3 days ago||As someone who prefers the sun through my northern window||
I can't agree with you more. One of my best friends lives on a boat in Hawaii and desperately misses Michigan winters, always going home to spend Xmas with her Michigan family. A few years ago she sent me a holiday card bragging about the new winter gear she got for her trip, so I joked that she should take a little detour to try it out, offering my extra ticket to the end-of-December Pats-Giants night game that ended up becoming historic. Have parka, will profit.
[Of course, as I write this I see the headline that Burnett tweets he hasn't committed. Not that it has anything to do with a little snow.]
|30 weeks 3 days ago||"Not as cold as I thought it would be..."||
|30 weeks 3 days ago||Sounds more like||
Californian's dream is of a gorgeous winter day.
|30 weeks 6 days ago||Did you read the full link?||
There was more to Bellomy's instagram:
|31 weeks 19 hours ago||But I do that too!||
Okay, I'm hopeless.
|31 weeks 22 hours ago||Depends on where you are||
Manhattan yesterday was pretty clear after a few inches Monday night, but the Eastern part of Long Island got substantial snow-dump. Fortunately the city being closed down meant that streets could be plowed in the areas where the snow stopped early. It's clear for the second day here, so I assume at least LGA's open for business. Can't speak for CT.
|31 weeks 1 day ago||James Earl Jones must have been lampooned||
or at least that character with the long cape. And Derek Jeter has been on (and was quite good), and has probably been lampooned in skits. (He didn't graduate, but he considers himself a Wolverine.)
And UofM grad Andy Kurtzman was another UofM SNL writer (from the semi-old days).
[And I have to stop starting sentences with "and" (and using so many parenthetical phrases).]
|31 weeks 1 day ago||am I the only one that thought this was Re: Sam Webb?||
No. But then I went to the RC, and any other use of SAM would have been Greek to me.
On the other hand, I thought it was Sam Webb discussing deflate-gate. Guess I'm behind on my scandals.
|31 weeks 1 day ago||It's a major story||
Tom Brady was actually allowed to comment on something other than deflation.