|3 hours 40 min ago||Let it flow||
My Dad died years ago. I seemed to hold it together, probably focusing on my Mom. But three weeks later I had to go to another funeral, of an elderly cousin, as the surrogate for my Mom, and the view of the coffin, just being there, set off some kind of delayed reflex. I couldn't stop weeping. People stared, but even the thought they were thinking I was a drama queen ("She hardly knew the guy!") couldn't stop it. I knew I was weeping for my Dad, and obviously needed to.
That's what's great about this community. We can share anonymously with our virtual friends, but can weep behind closed doors.
|4 hours 24 min ago||Current Data - Lots of work to do!||
|14 hours 45 min ago||Three freshmen pitchers give up a total of 2 hits||
(And obviously no runs.)
|1 day 19 hours ago||Correct. Music School.||
Opera student, but pursuing a different major on the Voice.
EDIT: Didn't read the post below before answering. Late to the party.
|2 days 18 hours ago||I remember stumbling on a similar statement once..||
But I don't remember it limited to public courses, simply highest golf acreage per capita. Is it possible that either version could still be true? (Jackson native, but still have friends and family there.) I know the population has gone down, but curious to know if the number of courses has stayed the same.
|4 days 14 hours ago||So happy for him!||
And now he gets a chance.
|4 days 19 hours ago||There's still time||
They usually take a few days to pick up their post-draft free agents. Some of the ones on their list are probably on others' lists as well. Expecting we'll have a few more.
|4 days 19 hours ago||Yes!||
I was listening to the NFL.com guys going on and on when a fullback was drafted near the end of the draft, and I thought "What about Joey!?!?"
Congrats to him!
|4 days 20 hours ago||I don't think it was meant to be snide.||
The wording was that she was the only one in the line-up who was batting under 300. In other words, complimenting the team as a whole.
Of course, that didn't make the grand slam any less delightful.
|6 days 4 hours ago||My humble apologies||
Considering this particular article was dated yesterday, I can't imagine the tale was told in quite this quirky way, but if it's over-kill...
|6 days 22 hours ago||
|1 week 8 hours ago||Link takes to a Seattle times 404 error page||
So was the post a joke or the article pulled? Did the article spur outrage or lawyer calls?
Also intriguing: the Seattle Times' error page:
You’ve come to a dead end.
|1 week 4 days ago||There were no women in the band at all until the early 70s.||
Even the twirlers (and the cheerleaders) were all male. As I heard it from one of the early bandspersons of the female persuasion, the powers that be (or had been) had very good reasons for defending the status quo:
1. Uniformity is paramount in look of a marching band. Men wear pants, women wear skirts. So obviously.
2. The Rose Parade is really long. All that strutting for 5 miles would be too taxing for the ladies. (To say nothing of carrying those heavy instruments at the same time)
3. They'd have to build separate bathrooms.
I don't know how the bathroom issue was worked out, but apparently the other stuff was.
|1 week 6 days ago||Kitniyot discussion in Washington Post article linked above||
for the embedded Thriller Seder video. So here's the link again for the surrounding article.
|1 week 6 days ago||May All Who Are Hungry Come and Eat||
Not at my place, of course. This computer is on what used to be my dining table.
But here's a virtual seder, performed (of course) to Michael Jackson's Thriller.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||And all those Wanglers!||
Guess I was thinking of Harbaugh and Wheatley because they're really throwing it in our faces, both generations on the field at the same time.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Getting old very fast||
Ah, WD. Don't worry. Just a younger brother. Remember, many of your blog-mates have to face the father-son pairs on the team, having cheered on the Wheatley and Harbaugh formerly known as youngsters.
Not just a coaching tree for M, but the genetic tree is producing fine fruit.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Don't forget Dimitri as All-American in the all-around!||
That was a major accomplishment, considering he's only a sophomore and most (maybe all?) of the guys ahead of him have been around for 3-5 years waiting for 3-time champ Sam Mikulak to graduate! They're all close to Olympic caliber now, and Dmitri is the only all-around competitor for UM who's competed most of this year, taking it patiently, working up his difficulty while trying to avoid crash-and-burn.
The other star recruit of Dmitri's year (Marty Strech) was injured early and out most (or all) of last season and slowly working his way back this year. What's exciting is that he and BOTH star freshmen this year (McCallum & Emyre Cole) competed in the all-around in the NCAA qualifying. Obviously their all doing the all-around shows how little depth there was this year, but the coaches probably figured the experience at the NCAAs was worth it to them for the future. And all four made it to the finals in one or more events.
The only departing seniors have all been "specialists" -- i.e., only doing one or two events per meet. Doing the all-around is obviously exhausting, and I noticed this year's top teams didn't have any guys doing the all-around in the qualifying round. They have enough depth that they felt certain to make the finals, so they spread the events around to guys who could compete in only one or two events and rested their AA stars. (Like swimmers for top teams doing the qualifying rounds for relays and letting the fastest guys save some strength for the finals.)
And don't forget the injury bug. Doesn't show up in the individual meet results but contributes to the loss of depth and experience. One of the few juniors, Tristian Perez-Rivera, a member of the Puerto Rican national team, was out all season with an injury, so hopefully he'll be back and able to contribute. The other top junior, Anthony Stefanelli, terrific in vault and floor (making the podium in both at the B1Gs), apparently broke his toe warming up for the NCAAs. He still competed with wrapping, amazingly making the finals in floor and was doing terrifically, but he collapsed after a landing near the end and had to be helped off the floor. Hope his grit didn't cause further damage for the future.
A rebuilding year for sure, but it looks like the rebuilding is happening.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Love the name Scrap Yard Dawgs||
But where is that specific scrap yard located?
|3 weeks 1 day ago||I was worried that Ace was ill again.||
Now I simply feel deprived that Brian and Ace are having these private conversations away from the Board. Thanks for letting me in on the serious OT debates.
|4 weeks 5 hours ago||May I quote you?||
I always thought that would make sense, but, not having a respected authority to back me up, I often took the coward's way out and rewrote the sentence. Thank you, Professor Muttley!
|4 weeks 1 day ago||Wish it had been different.||
So true. And that beautiful picture of his smile in the midst of the jubilant crowd only makes the tinge of sadness more than a tinge.
|4 weeks 3 days ago||Don't forget Elvis Grbac & Todd Collins||
Depending on your definition of recently... Grbac - 9 seasons (with SF, KC & the Ravens). Collins famous for going almost 10 years between starts, but he had a steady gig the whole time in between as a back-up.
|4 weeks 5 days ago||Predecorated, no doubt.||
|4 weeks 5 days ago||I think it was spaghetti for the Blue.||
You'd think they'd know the losers need more protein.
|4 weeks 5 days ago||A little editing of the tweet...||
"While in Bloomington, Hutchins becomes all-time winningest coach ANYWHERE."
[And didn't the commentators say she's the all-time winningest coach at Michigan in any sport?]
|5 weeks 2 days ago||The one game I saw streamed looked pretty empty||
I believe it was the 2nd. A shame, because that was only the second of the three blow-outs before tonight's come-from behind.
Raoul, as a regular follower of women's bball, can you tell us more about the competition? I didn't see any seedings on the original bracket, but I was pretty amazed by these scores three rounds in.
|5 weeks 3 days ago||And were you able to leap and hop and run and twist?||
Sounds like you must have had a strong and healthy back and arms, and could wear strong supportive shoes or boots giving you a stable base for bending and shoveling, so bravo for your grit and dedication. [I could probably type well with a broken back, seated with my back in a sturdy brace, but I certainly couldn't shovel and bend and tote.]
But a basketball player doesn't simply stand solidly on his feet. At least not one who's expected to play at this level. Unless he's a free-throw specialist...
|5 weeks 4 days ago||Inspired by a beloved elderly uncle in Brooklyn||
whose much younger sister settled in a small town in Michigan. Mishigas being Yiddish for craziness, he got a lot of mileage out of finding out that residents of the Great Lake State called themselves Michiganders. And we had so many of the younger variety, way back then.
As for the avatar, I'd just bought a pair of those booties for a far-away gosling of the next generation to help her remember her roots.
|5 weeks 6 days ago||B1G Gymnastics Dominance & M Gym Development||
All seven B1G men's gymn. teams are in the top 10 nationally, as usual, being by far the strongest conference in men's gym. So you figure at least 6 schools in the conference are more invested in the championship than what they'd consider a local spring practice. Not saying it's even on the radar for majority of sports fans, but there's no way the B1G would bump it.
As for Michigan's team, it's a great study in coaching and development (a topic that's come up a lot during bball season). They've lost their top seniors to graduation in the last two years, but even with a roster of more than 50% freshmen and the top all-arounder a sophomore, they're still in the top 10. [Rankings are by scoring rather than wins & losses, and their regular season was stacked with meets against the other perennial powerhouses who haven't lost so much to graduation.]
We've got some extremely talented youngsters, many coming from the US junior national team, but their level of difficulty isn't going to be close to that of the top senior-filled teams. And when they raise the difficulty, they raise the risk of crashing and burning. All scores count, and no one can come off the bench if someone flies off the high bar. But just last week they beat Penn State (also a traditional powerhouse) by a substantial margin in what was by far their highest scoring meet of the year. Managed to watch it, and was amazed at the progress from the beginning of the season, even from the week before, in difficulty and execution, and consistency. These kids are getting really good.
Of course, I'd also like to watch the spring game.
|6 weeks 2 days ago||So maybe James I had a brother Josh||
who had a son Josh II, but Josh II didn't have a son, so in honor of beloved uncle/great uncle...
Or maybe it was just damned autocorrect.
|6 weeks 2 days ago||As a female who's never searched for a bride||
of any kind, I seem to remember getting those ads after I'd visited Touch the Banner...
|6 weeks 2 days ago||I've got PrimeSport both above and to the left||
Only because I did a search for Barclays tix a couple of days ago. Fortunately they were sold out.
In case anyone's curious, $70.70 ticket for Soldier Field in Chicago, 7:00 pm Tues. 6/7/16. If any of you know what's happening that night, go for it.
|6 weeks 4 days ago||I was able to at 1:00 am (12:00 ailing blog-time*)||
from my Luddite desktop.
*It is now 11:57 am EDT. Post should show up at 10:57 am.
|6 weeks 4 days ago||Yup. Read your post on the hockey thread||
So figured I'd give it a try on my desktop. But despite the Blog not recognizing daylight savings time in its current time of crisis, it was actually past 1:00 am, so I figured the headline was enough for now [then] with the MGoBlue link. Thanks for adding detail.
|6 weeks 4 days ago||True. Nicole had to drop out of last week's competition||
and the team ended up 3rd of 5 in their "Big Five" meet, the place-finding prep for the conference championship. I wasn't able to watch, but from the scores it looked like Nicole had fallen on two of her best events, and she didn't compete for the others (a big deal for the top all-arounder). Coach Plocki confirmed in her WTKA segment that Nicole was injured enough to be questionable for the championships. A lower leg injury, and in gymnastics if you can't land safely you're in big trouble. And if you can't land without pain...
But she was there, lower leg wrapped, competing again in the all-around. Nebraska was finished and in the lead before Michigan went into their last rotation, floor exercise. It was clear that they'd scored enough to pull it out with the first five scores (only five of six are counted), even with a non-regular on the event just in case (soph Nichelle Christopherson hitting her career high), so...
Leg still wrapped, smile still shining.
|6 weeks 4 days ago||Here's a photo in the meantime||
|6 weeks 4 days ago||Forgive me||
but I stupidly joined Facebook with my real name, thinking it would actually be a private endeavor, and when I link to the vote page and see my face and real name already on their voting page, I just can't do it. Hope you're right about the fan vote meaning little, but I'd encourage the rest of you to make up for my lapse.
|6 weeks 5 days ago||I wasn't confused when we were all Anonymous Cowards||
But Drupal's not on Daylight Savings Time!
And now it's tied.
|6 weeks 5 days ago||No break in antenna feed Manhattan||
Sometimes it's nice to be a Luddite.
|6 weeks 5 days ago||That was last night||
when the reporters approached them at 4:00 am when they'd just flown in from Dayton. Beilein thought getting his guys to bed was more important than an interview.
|6 weeks 5 days ago||Won't be as much maize as usual in the stands||
because Michigan was the only team that didn't know it was playing when the tix went on sale, and the seats are for both games in the session. But the M crowd is making noise.
|6 weeks 5 days ago||On the MGoBlue twitter feed||
it suggested that the football dept. was tweeting video on Vimeo. Those who tweet and/or aren't at work and have up-to-date browsers can check that out and report back.
|7 weeks 15 hours ago||Kindergarten comes before first grade||
but they're both called going to school.
|7 weeks 1 day ago||Comparing basketball recruiting vs. football...||
It's a given that Michigan isn't going to recruit academic ineligibles, and it seems that football has an easier road than basketball, with the one-and-done mentality of its high school superstars. Bball only needs 5 guys on the floor at once, and if they have speed and athleticism their innate talents can do a lot more for their team without worrying about learning how to play as a team. And why do they need to spend time studying when they don't have to worry about passing prerequisites for a course they'll never be around to take or a degree they care nothing about?
A football coach has more time to train and educate his players, learn and perfect his specific system, because he can count on having his guys around for more than a few minutes of afterschool playtime. Intelligent players who know how to learn and willing to put in the time can contribute more to a team's eventual success. It still hurts when a star gets injured, but not as much when you have 22 starters rather than 5.
And maybe it's only me, but don't those high-achieving bball teams have starting freshmen who look years older than our [injured] seniors?
|7 weeks 1 day ago||Pure speculation...||
Didn't hear the interview or read it yet, but wondering if the question had to do with treating the recruits as little gods, demeaning oneself and bending over backwards to let them know how desperately they're wanted. And Harbaugh would go, "Huh?"
|7 weeks 1 day ago||A few more details in the MLive article||
on which the 247 thing is based, including where and when, drops a few names of others involved that might be of interest to those on campus, if not to national recruitniks, and that Jim Jr. is a freshman: LINK
|7 weeks 3 days ago||How nice of whatever CBS director let him bitch about Michigan||
and then cut to the video of the team right after hearing on national TV that they were worthless.
|7 weeks 3 days ago||B1G Disrespect||
I had hopes when there were two teams in the first region, but none in the West? Bad sign.
|7 weeks 4 days ago||Smiles all around.||
|7 weeks 4 days ago||MGoAudio|
|7 weeks 5 days ago||And stand in line to do so.||
And stand in line to do so.
|7 weeks 5 days ago||Holding steady at 61-27||
|7 weeks 5 days ago||I was never so amused by a computer crash with 1:01 to go.||
Audio only on an aging computer (good excuse; no lectures please), having the audio stream and Gametracker on at the same time. Only two earlier crashes... Then of course right at the end, when Indiana had finally stretched their tiny lead.
Knowing how surprisingly well the M guys had played and how close it had been, I somehow didn't mind not listening to them not quite making up the 5-6 point difference. When I got the Gametracker back it had what it called a final score. Excuse me? Fortunately the audio is always a bit behind, so it came back on with the broadcast's "Are you kidding me!?!?!!!!" (And someone giggling maniacly in the background.)
Great listen. Great game.
|7 weeks 6 days ago||Um... Apparently we do.||
Sometimes twice a day, if you look off to the right. (Still up 59-28 at 7:28 pm.)
|8 weeks 21 hours ago||Love how open he is about learning||
Despite his coaching experience, he's eagerly open about apprenticing himself to everybody on the field, even the son of the head coach (who's probably younger now than some of the kids he'd coached in his previous gigs). And thrilled to credit them all with what he's learned
|8 weeks 1 day ago||Now 57-29||
So some of the guys below the top two must have stolen a few votes from Matta.
|8 weeks 3 days ago||Confirming 54-33 at 7:47 am||
Fortunately there's a link at the top of the page now which was even working when the ghost version of the website loaded occasionally during yesterday's apocalypse.
|8 weeks 5 days ago||52%-35%||
At 2:32 pm.
|8 weeks 6 days ago||Now 48-38||
And in an hour we can vote again.
|9 weeks 16 hours ago||It's my fault||
I just tuned in and the bases were loaded. Now they're not loaded. Mea culpa. Signed off immediately. Just to be safe, I won't even look at the softball game.
|9 weeks 1 day ago||Ours is not to reason why,||
Ours is but to read and sigh.
[PS: Downvoter calls himself "Sean Ornery." Suspect reason not part of his gig.]
|9 weeks 1 day ago||You speak for me too||
and saved me a lot of time by doing so.
|9 weeks 2 days ago||He's listed on the roster as a WR||
So for the time being we're good.
|9 weeks 2 days ago||It's probably not even legal.||
It's probably not even legal.
|9 weeks 3 days ago||The PSU brother (Brad) must be older||
Watched him as an undrafted rookie (DE) for the Giants last preseason. He made the practice squad and was activated at the end of the season.
So Blake obviously has enough info to make an educated decision. Best of luck to him.
|9 weeks 3 days ago||Must be contagious||
Walks killed the baseball team yesterday. Six walks and no hits in the first two innings,
|9 weeks 3 days ago||Harbaugh's Daughter Effect||
She plays water polo. Figured he'd leave California so she could play in a quality program.
|9 weeks 4 days ago||After the breast stroke, with no M swimmers in the A final:||
Men - Team Rankings - Through Event 18 1. Michigan, University of 1301.5 2. Indiana University 1163.5 3. Ohio State University 1091 4. University of Minnesota 746 5. Wisconsin, University of, Madi 738.5 6. Purdue University 598 7. Iowa, University of 448 8. Northwestern University 379 9. Pennsylvania State University 293.5 10. Michigan State University 216
|9 weeks 4 days ago||Priceless.||
|9 weeks 5 days ago||The legendary M diving coach got a doctorate?||
Guess I'm paying too much attention to the swimming tourney and thinking of the days of Michigan diving glory.
So to you, Doc, congrats for moving past your personal tragedies to a new and blissful adventure.
|9 weeks 6 days ago||Link to Live Results||
Also live on BTN2Go.
|9 weeks 6 days ago||There are 3 Cass Tech alumni on OSU's 2016 roster||
All of whom are freshmen or sophomores, and when DPJ mentioned the lure of playing with his former teammates, it was right after mentioning OSU.
Yes, he says M has moved up on his board since the star QB commitment, but that means it was not the leader and implies it hasn't [yet?] become his leader. It'd be great if we moved up to the top, but until then...
Rashan Gary says he was torn until the very end, and playing with friends was also a lure to playing further from home (here). RG also chose being part of a program on the rise rather than going to one that's currently on or near the top. Sounds like DPL has similar choices, and he may choose differently.
|10 weeks 35 min ago||Who says fullbacks aren't handsome?||
As long as fullbacks vote, we're fine.
|10 weeks 21 hours ago||Just started watching on a TV marathon and now Youtube!||
Had met two significant contributors to the original series (one a star and one a writer) through two separate friends. Unfortunately the writer passed away long before I had a chance to tell him I'd become a fan, and the other seems to have lost respect for me now that she knows I've become addicted.
|10 weeks 2 days ago||He worked with DBs as Stoops' grad ass't||
So many great quotes in the article, but here's some from the Sooner DBs:
Sounds like a great pick-up, a new sprout on the coaching tree.
|10 weeks 5 days ago||The men's gymnastics team...||
Who'll be competing in the B1G championship team finals at 7:00 pm in Columbus (YTC). Yes, they're in a rebuilding year (with lots of talented freshmen who are getting better every week), but they won't be able to watch the spring game should they choose to.
|10 weeks 6 days ago||Not an expert...||
But one person to ask is President Schlissel. An exception to the Johns Hopkins unemployed homeless rule, he can probably compare the programs as well as anyone. And he's in the neighborhood.
|11 weeks 21 hours ago||But-- but-- the Cowboys?||
Bad enough he has to leave, but to the Cowboys? They never have Michigan players,* so there's no reason to follow them besides that there's no reason to follow them.
*At least as long as I've been tracking. One quasi-exception was Ray Vinopal, who might have slipped by because they didn't notice he'd spent time here. [Briefly on the practice squad, but after a stint on the IR he was cut anyway and picked up by the Steelers just last month.]
|11 weeks 22 hours ago||Probably considered conflict of interest||
Imagine if SEC fans thought Woodson was favoring the B1G. ESPN wouldn't stand for such impartiality.
|11 weeks 1 day ago||Exactly my reaction||
And I'm rarely that terse and direct.
|11 weeks 1 day ago||Benadryl?||
Isn't that one of the antihistamines linked to increased dementia in the elderly? Has anyone done any studies of Alzheimer's in the canine population? Thesis opportunity.
|11 weeks 2 days ago||You don't make a commitment on Valentine's Day* unless serious||
And I can't imagine a McCaffrey being a tease.
*EDIT: Or immediately after Valentine's Day, either.
|11 weeks 2 days ago||I come out of the closet periodically||
(my avatar seems not to be as obvious as i thought it would be) and feel this is as good a time as any to say hi to my fellow (can that be the right word?) MGoGals, and to thank all you MGoGuys.
|11 weeks 2 days ago||The only man I've heard do that always gets away with it.||
Of course he's in his 90's. (Fortunately, so is his wife.)
|11 weeks 2 days ago||Up 32% to 30%!!!||
I must have timed it right after you others did the heavy lifting.
|11 weeks 4 days ago||Absolutely cool story||
Especially cool that he's smiling! Next time we see the death stare, may it have gone pro.
|11 weeks 5 days ago||What's seems to be clear||
Is that the doctors have "cleared" him in the sense that he can get on his feet and on the floor, and that he's been allowed to practice. What we've read says he's practiced a certain amount, not full practices, and what's "up to him" is probably, "So how do you feel? Do you need to rest now? Are you feeling twinges (or whatever is related to whatever his issue is/was)?" And that report has to come from Caris. If he's practicing but not ready to play his full minutes or up to speed, due to fatigue and/or concern that he might re-injure or exacerbate the whatever, it's probably a mutual decision to wait, both for his good and the good of the team.
|12 weeks 3 days ago||Funchess||
Worth the wait.
|12 weeks 6 days ago||At least we know why he seemed so uncomfortable on stage||
If he's from a town where that's the highlight, sitting behind Harbaugh with all the legends and cameras and hooplah must have been pretty overwhelming.
He'll feel better in front of Michigan crowds with a helmet and something to do.
|12 weeks 6 days ago||Is the show in NYC?||
Heavy snow and a giant crane collapsed downtown.
|12 weeks 6 days ago||Only time I ever called in to a radio talk show||
was when Victor Hobson was drafted by the NY Jets in the second round, and Francesca didn't seem to know anything about him. So I tried to help.
PS: Thanks for the heads-up.
|13 weeks 2 days ago||Don't need the disclaimer||
Don't know who on this blog would NOT want to read it. We like being proud of our guys.
|13 weeks 3 days ago||Schlissel leaned heavily on Hackett||
No need to question your sources. It's what makes Schlissel so good for his job.
When he first took the job, he was very open about what he needed to learn about the university, so it wouldn't be surprising that he'd have Hackett heavily involved, as an advisor and sounding board at the very least. The Major Sports thing was new to him when he came here, and rather than dismiss it as unimportant, he took it upon himself to learn what it meant to Michigan and why. Impressed with how he worded his conclusions at this press conference after his first year on the job.
|13 weeks 3 days ago||Jeter was also on Saturday Night Live||
And really good, if I remember.
Oh, and so was Tom Brady!! Not at the same time, but at least that gives them some legitimate celebrity cred.
|13 weeks 3 days ago||Go blur should be a thing.||
Our hockey guys skate so fast...
|13 weeks 4 days ago||I think the last couple bball games were at Barclays||
And the last Michigan game I remember going to at MSG was the hockey loss against Cornell.
|13 weeks 4 days ago||Word is they're going to Carmine's||
One of those big family-style places with huge platters of food to share. No subs, but It'll still be crazy.
|13 weeks 5 days ago||Acronym theories||
The one I remember hearing about was For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge, and the abbreviation was on the stocks where convicted villains had to face the scorn of their neighbors. Here's a wonderfully titled essay that says both assertions are false (or at least conspiracy theories):
The just-a-word defense:
But don't ask me what the fu-- heck that last sentence means.
|13 weeks 6 days ago||And you can always add a layer or two of clothes||
But there are only so many layers you can take off. (Not that such things matter to college-age men. Hence cheerleader reasons for picking warm-climate schools.)
And all that damn sun! Palm trees may be pretty, but they don't give you any shade. Better to stay indoors to protect your eyes and delicate skin.
|13 weeks 6 days ago||Starting to understand why the kids didn't want to wait||
to commit. Usually signing day focuses on them, instead of all these... celebrities? Most of whom have no discernible connection to M football. Unless... Wait. Are they committing too?
|14 weeks 14 hours ago||But looks like he took the time to change his picture.||
It's one thing to be the face-painted outlaw rebel amongst friends, but now that the little whippersnapper might start tuning in...
|14 weeks 15 hours ago||From a school with a big basketball team||
Actually two big basketball teams. Wiki'd the women: 10 NCAA nat'l championships (39-0 record in their 6th championship season in 2008, 39-0 again for their 7th in 2009), plus 16 final fours and a record winning streak of 90 games.
Local paper (Hartford Courant) does some "comparison shopping" between the two schools to see why Manuel might want to return to his alma mater.
|14 weeks 21 hours ago||A virtual contribution||
(Dang. Can't figure out how to untie it.)
|14 weeks 3 days ago||Pats' top two runners starting the season are on IR||
or so the commentators said.
|14 weeks 3 days ago||Unfortunately Demens & Woodley are both on IR||
But Larry Foote came off IR to become an ILB coach.
|14 weeks 3 days ago||In fairness to those of us who read in the wrong order||
it being the Panic Period Before Signing Day, the title of that thread wasn't descriptive enough to trump the Uche/Elysee announcement post, because based on yesterday's information it speaks to our panic mode and requires immediate attention. "NSD Commits/Extravaganza" sounded like yet another post telling us what's happening on signing day (events, timing, expectations, speculation). Many of us figured that if there was new info as to time, place, expectations-- we could get that after our panic attack was served.
Now we can relax. For another few minutes.
EDIT: I think this was meant to respond to the post below.
|14 weeks 3 days ago||Fortunately they're not at the same time||
For those of us who celebrate the full holiday: WTKA's signing day special is from 3:00-6:00 [live at the Sports Bar Westside for you locals, audio stream for us exiles] and the Players' Tribune live stream from 11-1. I think this one's video, probably to replace what used to be the live streamed press conference.
|14 weeks 3 days ago||He may have already done so||
Now that he's gotten the assurance he can use a fax machine that's silent.
|14 weeks 4 days ago||Is NJ even still there?||
I can usually see a sliver of it from my apartment windows, but it seems to have disappeared completely.
|14 weeks 6 days ago||Don't they also have the highest malpractice insurance rates?||
Have no idea why I would have heard that. Ah yes, a retired anesthesiologist told me that was why he retired.
|15 weeks 4 hours ago||If she didn't set an official announcement date||
she's simply chatting among friends.
|15 weeks 2 days ago||Let's hope he turned the Bengals down||
rather than the other way around, because he was so excited about coaching that stable of talented new DBs bound for M. And the word will get around to the rest of the NFL so they'll leave him alone. (For a while, at least.)
|15 weeks 4 days ago||Caught me.||
Your double negative trumps my double negative.
But I had to read both over 17 times to figure it out. Guess it's time for bed.
|15 weeks 4 days ago||Yes, in the sense that most of their routines scored higher||
Michigan swept the event titles, came in 1st & 2nd in the all-around, as well as scoring higher as a group in each of the four events.
On this level, most scores are over 9 points, so the differences are in the 1/10ths & 1/100ths. A fall usually means almost a full point off, which is huge, but women are allowed to use only 5 of 6 scores, so a single fall won't destroy you. But steps and wobbles and assorted imperfections add up with little deductions, and the more difficult the routine the higher starting value.
|15 weeks 4 days ago||Woodley & Demens are on IR for the Cardinals||
But Larry Foote is coaching the LBs who aren't on IR. Does that mean we can still root for the Cards? Or does JMFR trump that?
|15 weeks 4 days ago||A Stanford legacy family||
would have noticed Stanford's turnaround under Harbaugh, and what happened to the 49ers under Harbaugh and after. Wouldn't be surprised if Harbaugh didn't have a lot of contact with the McCaffrey family while out there, or at least with Dylan's Dad. And who would he rather have to tutor his QB son?
|16 weeks 22 hours ago||Pretty impressive high school record||
|16 weeks 2 days ago||Also This||
|16 weeks 2 days ago||Not gonna do the dust-in-the-room thing...||
The headline alone brought on the wet-eye phenomenon. Bravo to all concerned!
|16 weeks 2 days ago||I'm not||
Have some soap opera tapes to catch up on.
|17 weeks 1 day ago||Semi-related: Richard Ash activated by Jags||
Unfortunately won't make the play-offs, and probably didn't see the field, but he was activated from the Jags' practice squad last Friday due to a starter's injury. Kept him on the PSq all season, so they obviously have been happy with what they've seen. Saw him in preseason and was pretty impressed, playing the full 4th Q at nose tackle, looking strong, svelte and happy.
|17 weeks 3 days ago||The redshirt issue||
I thought the story when Shane was redshirted was that he was in fact #2 coming out of camp, but since Rudock as #1 could only be a one-year starter, they decided to redshirt Shane and let Speight, who'd already burned his redshirt and had more future time, take the kneel-downs, and only burn Shane's redshirt if absolutely necessary. So maybe Shane has been progressing enough with the current coaches that he legitimately feels he can compete next year?
|17 weeks 3 days ago||Google Image Search||
Don't know why it kept showing Snoop Dogg* and Brady Hoke, but finally: The official Twitter profile picture of one Derron Montgomery:
[Can't copy in his Twitter banner picture, but it's pretty impressive, obviously in-game with Jay H. on one side of Coach Jim and and Derron on the other.]
*Full disclosure: This is Derron's picture from his college playing days.
|17 weeks 3 days ago||PFF NFL alum side-link - B. Graham Praise||
Speaking of players teams and fans may have given up on working into dominance, noticed the PFF side-link to an article featuring Brandon Graham in their Giants-Eagles ratings:
|17 weeks 5 days ago||Jotted these down a day or so ago||
[Will try to find the link after posting*; caveats in the meantime.]
In no rational order, without team assignment:
Jean Delance - #74
Terrance Davis #65
Rashan Gary #55
Dontavious Jackson #8
Kareem Walker #6
Ben Bredeson #77
Devin Bush #11
Jacob Mathis #10
|18 weeks 17 hours ago||Not so fast...||
If you check the posting times, I believe the first Michigan goal came right after Wolv/Iowa's companions told him to change channels.
EDIT: Sorry, it was the tying goal. But of course that was the more important one.
|18 weeks 20 hours ago||And maybe Beilein's coaching||
and encouragement reminded him he really could be what he thought he was.
|18 weeks 20 hours ago||TWJ - holding up AJ Williams.||
Fortunately he's got a couple assists there, or we might have to worry about his future health.
Good to see Juice 84 smiling "& keeping things interesting on his last ride."
|18 weeks 4 days ago||For some of us a social club of sorts...||
Now I get it! This is your anti-social club of sorts.
|18 weeks 5 days ago||It's times like these that make it worthwhile||
to be an antenna Luddite.
Wait! Is that you, LSA?!?! Welcome back! Hope this means you're feeling better, and that the techies on board can assist you in having a very Happy (and healthy) New Year!
|18 weeks 6 days ago||Love the subtitle in Sharp's article||
[which is screen-shot embedded in the article linked in the OP, so no Sharp-clicks necessary]:
"DREW SHARP FINDS COOK SEES MORE TO LIFE THAN WINS, ACCOLADES."
Yeah, just happened to "find" it. How fortunate for him.
|18 weeks 6 days ago||That is so brilliant!||
Must see with the photos.
|18 weeks 6 days ago||But we'll always have his T-shirt||
...next to our hearts.
|18 weeks 6 days ago||How can one choose?||
So many spectacular shots. Keep 'em coming, guys. And thanks for the memories.
|19 weeks 19 hours ago||How can they possibly have not pulled them by now?||
You pull a player who's off his game, why can't you pull a uniform that's an embarrassment? I feel so bad for the guys having to wear them.
At least the player can improve and helped to get his confidence back. But the only way these uniforms can improve is to put them in a big vat of dark blue dye.
|19 weeks 21 hours ago||Damn Graphics Software Spellcheck||
(That's really embarrassing, though.)
|19 weeks 2 days ago||Not wanting to disturb that beautiful 100 up-votes to the OP||
I'll simply add my best wishes down here. To a speedy recovery and return to our midst!
EDIT: The 100 didn't last long, so what the heck. Let's go for it.
|19 weeks 3 days ago||And 60 ain't as old as it used to be.||
Or so I've been told.
|19 weeks 3 days ago||He's so classy that the tie makes a nice accent||
Showing a little whimsy in his incredibly mature persona.
|19 weeks 4 days ago||I hate paying money too.||
So I don't have cable and am thrilled to be able to watch on ESPN3 (although its sound drops out now and then). I suppose I could do an anti-BTN rant that it's a money grab...
But I'm smiling because I enjoyed watching the entire crew get on the floor and contribute, get experience and timing (yes, against a lesser foe), and show the wounded are healing nicely. (Although Wilson looked like he landed funny after a particularly lovely play... But he was still smiling.) Also nice shots of Albrecht looking taller and terribly mature wearing street clothes.
|19 weeks 5 days ago||The Other Carr||
From two of Seth's columns from 2012, comparing past D-line stats with the then new group, the second titled:
I have a feeling he's going to do more good things for D-lines in the future.
|19 weeks 5 days ago||I'm confused by your avatar/screen name||
|19 weeks 6 days ago||So was your Dad the guy interviewed for NYC Ch. 2 late news?||
He was wearing a blue T-shirt with a prominent maize M, and said he was there with his son (who was shown going up an elevator).
|20 weeks 4 hours ago||Semi-OT: WTKA podcast problems?||
Since you listened this morning, did they say anything about technical difficulties with the website or an intern calling in sick? Yesterday's podcasts still aren't posted, and not being an early riser...
There's some very loud street work going on outside, and I desperately need some addictive audio to drown it out.
|20 weeks 4 hours ago||"The future ain't what it used to be"||
One of my favorites too, but the graphic version on the image page had "The future isn't what it used to be." Couldn't possibly be authentic, so I deleted it.
So there you are. One of those things they said he said that he didn't say. At least not that way.
|20 weeks 16 hours ago||What made it funny||
was that he didn't seem to realize he was being funny.
|20 weeks 16 hours ago||Just a few of his gems||
|20 weeks 17 hours ago||Since you're from Sydney||
I suppose it's possible that you've never heard of Yogi Berra...
|20 weeks 2 days ago||Wait a minute...||
He's from Mississauga, Ontario and he doesn't play basketball? What's his problem?
|20 weeks 2 days ago||Agree, but not just the stache||
Very grown-up bone structure.
|21 weeks 16 hours ago||Had the problem this morning||
But since it happened before (for several days), I wasn't surprised that it was back to normal later in the day. Fine now.
|21 weeks 16 hours ago||Now that's the dab that sounds familiar||
Not that I ever used it, of course.
|21 weeks 21 hours ago||Out West||
Didn't he get the offer from Cal the day after he decommitted?
|21 weeks 3 days ago||And not to mention that he most clearly qualifies||
per the description of the award. Versatility much?
|21 weeks 4 days ago||Caught up in the moment||
Part of the moment is being handed a trophy by someone who's a legend in your field.
The Oscars. [Okay, they're actors. So maybe they've studied human nature enough to know how they should be reacting in the role of young and up-and-coming honoree.] But if you are a young actor who only dreams of this moment, and as a kid have watched that legend earn his/her status, and is now honoring you... That's a big moment.
And you hope your family is in their seats sneaking out the cellphone to capture your blushing acceptance.
|21 weeks 4 days ago||That's really disturbing to watch||
I wasn't watching too closely at the end, but I remember being surprised there was a trophy named after Archie Griffin, and that he was there and then suddenly he wasn't. Watching this... Poor Archie is showing his class by still smiling. And Cook... Wow.
|21 weeks 5 days ago||And he's got someone to root for||
Played with these guys for years and probably still friends with most of them. Made the right decision for himself, and now he can have fun rooting for his (other) boys.
|21 weeks 6 days ago||Not sure if serious Part II - but just in case...||
Threw for 15 TDs, rushed for 25 TDs, and as a LB had 74 tackles (including 10 TFL), plus 4 forced fumbles, two sacks and an interception. Could be up for that Peppers all-purpose-guy award if he keeps it up in Minne. Also: His 53 total touchdowns as a junior set a state single-season record.
|21 weeks 6 days ago||Bredeson||
[LINK] I'm guessing it's a plus for a tackle to have good hands.
|22 weeks 2 days ago||Also meeting people with other interests||
You reminded me of one of the reasons I originally joined. I realized I needed to meet people outside of my narrow field (besides that few of them cared a hoot about college sports; why I hang out here so much), but I also was eager to meet people from other fields, with other lives, with other stories. I did, some of whom have become good friends, and there's always someone new discover, some older, some younger, many you'd never cross paths with otherwise.
Having Michigan in common helps break the ice, and allows you to meet those who weren't in the same major, in the same dorm, with the same pursuits and goals. Makes life more interesting.
|22 weeks 2 days ago||Live in NYC, which has a very active Alumni Assoc.||
Haven't used any of the "grown-up" benefits (e.g., discounts on rental cars, which I know how to get directly), but besides the opportunity to watch games with other alumni in crowded rooms with many screens and food and drink options, other recent events: book launch with John U. Bacon, events with alumni Dana Jacobson (telling her ESPN-to-CBS saga and answering questions) and photographer Cynthia Carris Alonso launching her book Passage to Cuba.
And this upcoming Saturday: the launch of In the Name of Editorial Freedom, a history of the 100 years of the Michigan Daily, featuring many of the well-known writers whose careers started there.
|22 weeks 4 days ago||Thought L&B was talking about Rudock||
with the spring practice availability, not Glasgow. Knew [Ryan] Glasgow had another year, but can't keep my torn pectorals straight from my unspecified shoulder injuries. Sorry for the confusion.
|22 weeks 4 days ago||He sounded that way on the audio cloud||
even without the view. Interestingly, the players' interviews seemed more reflective and positive, while admitting how badly they felt about the loss, and the enormity of the loss.
|22 weeks 4 days ago||And since he'd have used up his availability for spring practice||
we'd have seen the last of him. Sad for him and for us. Wonder if someone's redshirt will be burned for a bowl game.
|22 weeks 5 days 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?)
|22 weeks 5 days 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.
|22 weeks 5 days ago||Of course not||
That's an MSU major. (For you 5th-year transfers who don't want to sit out a year.)
|22 weeks 5 days 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.
|22 weeks 5 days ago||Guess I'm lucky I'm listening to the M audio||
But you've made me really curious about this guy's sunburn.
|22 weeks 6 days ago||I had the same reaction when I checked in before half-time||
See my post above. Gametracker is on LSD.
|22 weeks 6 days 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!
|22 weeks 6 days 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?
|23 weeks 21 min 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.
|23 weeks 1 hour 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.
|23 weeks 1 day ago||Especially since the tire tracked through a puddle of pigments||
that don't even match the shirts.
|23 weeks 3 days 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.
|23 weeks 6 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.
|24 weeks 2 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.
|24 weeks 3 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?
|24 weeks 3 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.
|24 weeks 4 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.
|24 weeks 4 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).
|24 weeks 4 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.
|24 weeks 6 days ago||I must have had to do work at work today||
I don't even know what you guys are talking about.
|24 weeks 6 days ago||And all this time I thought you were||
one of those sweet little boys in the picture. Or both of them.
|25 weeks 4 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?
|25 weeks 5 days 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.
|26 weeks 6 hours 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?
|26 weeks 1 day 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.
|26 weeks 1 day 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.
|26 weeks 2 days ago||I don't know...||
Even Tom Brady didn't transfer until after his sophomore year.
|26 weeks 3 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."
|26 weeks 3 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.
|26 weeks 5 days ago||ESPN isn't bad with human interest stories||
They probably hire writers with actual human interest for this kind of thing.
|27 weeks 5 days 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.
|28 weeks 1 hour ago||Did she get fired for being too objective?||
Then you can understand her trying to learn from previous mistakes
|28 weeks 1 day 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.
|28 weeks 1 day 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.
|28 weeks 1 day ago||He was injured 2-3 weeks ago||
but wasn't put on IR. Good to know he was back playing again this weekend.