|4 hours 32 min ago||The Jets 3rd-string WRs are being kinder to Hackenberg||
First preseason appearance, 4 of 6 for 75 yds and a TD.
|5 hours 2 min ago||Any Ojemudia sightings?||
He's #53, and playing the same position as Brennen Beyer (#45).
|5 hours 13 min ago||Turning this into the M-alum preseason thread...||
The Jets & Giants used to always have M players, but this year they're down to only one each, both 9-year vets and stars, and both went out with injuries in the first half.
Leon Hall for the Giants, in his first year post-Bengals IR. Injury was after making a great tackle, but word is he may have had a concussion. David Harris has been with the Jets his whole career, still a starter, still playing at his best. Don't remember him ever having injury issues, but he looked like he was in pain. [Just reported that he has a shoulder injury. Saying he wouldn't have played in the 2nd half anyway. Some consolation.]
If it makes you feel better about the Lions, the Giants look awful, and apparently did so the last two weeks.
|2 days 14 hours ago||Sending his young kids to school...||
And don't they have another one on the way? So you figure he's added at least another 18 years to the commitment, not to mention not daring to go back on uprooting his parents so they could babysit...
|5 days 11 hours ago||Thanks also for the chance to praise your current avatar||
The perfect profile for the heads side of an MGoBlog coin toss.
(Suggestions open for the tail.)
|5 days 12 hours ago||How Brady happened||
Bledsoe got injured, unheralded low draft pick lifetime-backup goes on as understudy. And never leaves. (Football air issues are an unrelated data subset.)
|5 days 12 hours ago||I don't know...||
Brian seems to have had a great time disagreeing.
|1 week 10 hours ago||Um... They're still playing on TV.||
Thought it was live and turned here for what I thought would be a live thread, while Carlson was 1 up. But now... (Is a spoiler alert needed for others?)
I'll answer my own question: Yes. On TV they just squared up on the 14th. A lot of excitement left for the TV-watchers who don't know the end.
|1 week 1 day ago||As one of the unknowledgeable ones...||
I posted the link above before watching the video. That's where I learned the spoiler info, stunning enough for me to edit it in, while you must have been posting your very fine choice of last word.
|1 week 1 day ago||MGoBlue.com's breakdown + highlight video||
Spoiler: Carlson is the first Michigander to make the semifinals since 1956. Detailed description of Carlson's route to the semifinals, along with video:
Mention of the large turnout of enthusiastic Wolverines cheering him on. His own enthusiasm pops up in the video.
|2 weeks 3 hours ago||Geez, you're right.||
I admit I started doubting my data, and was about to check when I was distracted by another gold-medal event. But time is speeding up. Seemed like Bottom just took over as coach. And thought Bowman was here for much longer.
|2 weeks 5 hours ago||NBC opens a window during the race||
to interview men's coach Bob Bowman, but of course it's about whether Michael Phelps is really going to retire. Considering Bowman coached Jaeger when he was a kid here at Michigan, I'm assuming the interview was prerecorded. You know Bowman would be with the rest of the US team yelling and screaming as they watched his protege get his first medal.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Partial Clarification Below||
that starting next time only four on a team. But the primary reason was that the Godmother of the female gym dynasty, longtime coach Marta Karolyi, is retiring. So they wanted to honor her, as HER final five, as well as the final five-member team.
But it was a bit weird hearing them say that before we knew the reasoning.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||BTW: Katie Ledecky's coach is a former Michigan Swimmer||
Bruce Gemmell, who swam for Michigan from 1980-1983, and is also ass't coach for the women's Olympic team (joining the M-connected men's coaches). And it was Michigan coach Jon Urbanchek who convinced him to give up engineering and become a coach.
Just in case we need another rooting interest, this time for the female swimmer who's supposed to win lots of medals. (SPOILER ALERT: She already won a gold tonight. And broke her own world record. More events to come.)
|3 weeks 8 hours ago||California or Hawaii.||
Was just e-mailing with a California friend about the damage from the fires, but my good friend in Hawaii looks forward to the hurricanes (when they know about them in time) because they're forced to tie up their boat and she gets to stay in a hotel.
The tsunami wasn't as pleasant for her, because they were told to stay in the boat and move further out into the ocean where the waves can move under them. Supposedly safer, but pretty scary with all the lights out in the middle of the night and not knowing for sure when they were allowed to move back in.
And wasn't today a pretty day in A2? Heard storms are flitting around and was concerned.
|3 weeks 9 hours ago||Hmm. 4 Hudson crystal balls to Michigan in less than 24 hours||
Was going to reply to "the first crystal ball of the day to Martin" that the linked 247 page showed at least one c.b. earlier today, for Hudson. Another just after midnight, one yesterday and now a 4th from just about an hour ago. While he's in Ann Arbor. Don't know a thing, but just sayin'.
|3 weeks 9 hours ago||He chose his moments carefully||
|3 weeks 14 hours ago||400 IM semis: Phelps' "little brother"||
Nice finish for Chase Kalisz in the 400 IM semi-finals, catching up from two body-lengths behind the Japanese star to pull it out at the end. (Idolized Michael Phelps as a kid and now trains with him.) Both in the finals tonight.
|3 weeks 14 hours ago||Thanks for the heads-up||
I'll check to see if I can stream live with CBC and/or BBC.
I already expended my free 1/2 hour of live streaming on NBC's website watching 1st session of men's gymnastics prelims, so will have to wait until primetime to watch NBC-edited Mikulak & Co. (For those who aren't antenna-lovin' Luddites, you can stream their session live at 1:30 pm.)
Terribly sad to learn that John Orozco, former Olympian from the Bronx, who was moved to tears when he made the US team after being away from the sport with serious injuries, tore his ACL in training a week or so ago and is off the team.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||Not just a tribute to your brother||
but a tribute to the two of you together, that you could find and make that bond while there was still time to cherish it, and time to forge the memories that you'll cherish forever.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||Thanks for having the courage||
I agree with you completely,* but then I've never forgiven Nike for trademarking Maize.
*Almost completely. Was never a pro basketball fan, so didn't have the specific animosity toward Jordan. But seeing the samples that have a commercial basketball logo completely unrelated to Michigan, representing a basketball player who had nothing to do with Michigan, given equal billing with the block M? And after we gave our former AD such a hard time for trying to commercialize everything...
At least the logo seems subtler than in the promos. It still represents bought and sold.
|4 weeks 6 days ago||How unbearably sad.||
In so many ways.
|7 weeks 4 days ago||Brooklyn Cyclones & Staten Island Yankees||
The Cyclones play in Coney Island, right off the Boardwalk, home plate facing the ocean. I went their first season in honor of a late uncle who was one of those Brooklyn old-timers who turned his back on baseball when the Dodgers abandoned them for LA. My best memory is the cap I bought. Didn't even realize it had Brooklyn spelled in tiny letters across the brim until someone else noticed it.
Then a good buddy, a Yankee fan all his life, started going to the Staten Island Yankees when the uptown version got way too expensive. (Also easier for him to get his 90-something Dad out there than all the way up to the Bronx.) He started celebrating his b'day there, renting a "luxury box" for $20 per person, including free food, AC indoors and 20 seats outside. The free food is what you'd expect for free, but you can also order other stuff if you want to defeat the mood of the minor league experience. Gorgeous stadium, looks like something from a small town from another era, and the outfield is the view of downtown Manhattan. (Occasionally blocked by a slow-moving trawler.) A short, easy walk from the Staten Island Ferry (now free both ways).
Got to go to the game when Mike O'Neill was playing for the SI Yankees (the "Baby Bombers")and Pat Biondi for the visiting Cyclones (though he didn't get on the field that night). But also have been there on Irish night (bagpipe & drum team and teenage stepdancers), and almost every night has a special commemorative cap and fireworks after the game.
|7 weeks 4 days ago||Current NY Times article with lots of links||
Including videos and graphics, and lots of quotes from Dr. Bolton. LINK. For those of us who can't get enough.
|8 weeks 4 days ago||There are actually several kinds of dementia||
And when old people show dementia, most people (including too many doctors) assume it's Alzheimer's and there's nothing you can do. Some dementias in the elderly are from reversible causes, like medications or interaction of meds, so it's good to find out.
They're learning more about Alzheimer's, but as of now no effective treatments. But the original "Alzheimer's" was early-onset dementia as described by Alzheimer and named for him. The name is now used for what used to be call "senile dementia" -- because the brain findings are the same. But why it shows up in younger people is still in question.
|8 weeks 4 days ago||Early Charlie Rose interview on CBS This Morning||
Just as I saw this post, but over by the time I finished typing.
|8 weeks 5 days ago||Did anyone see the ad with the Michigan olympians?||
I was sitting at the computer and managed to look up when I heard Michigan. Figured there'd be others featuring other schools, like with the NCAA men's gymnastics ads, but only saw a replay of this one. (A car sponsor.)
|9 weeks 10 hours ago||Don't confuse me!||
Okay. Brian's spelling agrees with Andrew's Twitter account. I guess I'll go with that.
|9 weeks 11 hours ago||Since you're in Cbus, maybe you can answer this question||
How many recruits with Harvard and Yale offers get invited to OSU's camps? Just curious.
[I hear the best O-linemen are smart. Along with size and strength and coachability and other stuff, of course.]
|10 weeks 10 hours ago||Helpful spelling hint: The Team, The Team, The Team.||
Solomon, not Solo-man. Wise man Aubrey gets it.
|10 weeks 16 hours ago||But is it wise to drink and drive?||
The discussion here seems mostly about what's legal or not or why it should be legal or not. If you are a truck driver for a living, an employer or prospective employer might be worried to hire someone who was heavy drinker, not trusting the person to drive sober. (Don't know the legalities of the hiring process here, just for discussion.)
I also don't know enough about the science behind the "altered state" that makes weed so attractive, but what about a kid's responsibility to his team? Can an athlete compete effectively in said altered state? Are his reaction times and concentration diminished? They're supposed to keep up their physical training so they're fast enough and strong enough to compete. Why shouldn't they be required to keep their mental state crisp and ready as well?
Food is legal, but a coach has the right to advise a player with a weight problem to work on controlling it, to choose what and when and how much he eats. If a player doesn't show an effort to change behavior that might be detrimental to the success or chemistry of a team, or his own success as an athlete, it doesn't matter that it's a free country and over-eating is legal. If the kid chooses food over team, he has chosen it over the privilege of playing.
|10 weeks 5 days ago||Sense of humor and a sense of history||
Michigan and Ohio had to fight over Toledo, after all. So nicely subversive choice for a sub.
|11 weeks 1 day ago||Why Gordie Howe is close to my heart||
Not that I ever knew him. In fact, I knew nothing about hockey growing up (in Michigan), and I knew almost nothing about professional sports when I first moved to New York.
I was at a party playing Trivial Pursuit, on a team with two guys, so I planned on deferring all sports questions to them. The lawyer missed a question about a famous lawyer. The painter missed a question about an artist (I think he was a bit plastered by then). Our next question was "What team did Gordie Howe play for?" The two guys, both New Yorkers, looked at each other blankly. But I, a silly girl knowing nothing about hockey [then], recognized the name and somehow knew he played hockey. So he must have played for the Red Wings, right? How else could his name be embedded in my brain?
I got the question right. The entire table turned to me in shock. I had established some legitimacy and respect in my new home, and I loved all things Gordie Howe ever since.
|11 weeks 1 day ago||What's that you say?||
|11 weeks 5 days ago||So true||
Unfortunately, Hilton is the sponsor of the national team training program, so he has to wear their uniform now that he's a non-student team member and trains there full time. At the actual Olympics, they'll get to wear USA.
I admit I almost pulled the sign in the OP when I noticed that big Hershey sign. But I liked Sam's smile. So I kept it.
|11 weeks 5 days ago||Fortunately the event scoring is tons better than it used to be||
What I was talking about above was only the point system for making the US team which is matter of fact based on the placement. The scoring of events themselves used to be so subjective it was like a strike zone moving from pitch to pitch or somebody being called for targeting and kicked out of the game, and we can see from replay they're full of-- But I digress.
Skating and gymnastics used to be as frustrating, and now known to be pretty corrupt in the past. They've made great efforts to make it more scientific, which is still pretty weird with skating when there's "artistic" score as well as "technical" score. People have different theories of what's artistic.
In gymnastics (at least for men), they've made great strides for objective judging, with two separate panels: one judges the difficulty and one the execution, and the two scores are combined. Execution means he got over the bar, but were his legs completely together when he was in the air with his toes pointed, did he stick his landing or do a hop, skip and jump? (Demerits for stepping out of bounds are separate.) Did the guy on rings do the difficult skill while managing to keep the rings still? Yes, he did the skill, but he was swinging and that lowers the execution. They have all the routines on their laptops and can look for those little tiny things that take off a mini-point or two and discuss and compare.
It's hard for most of us to watch and determine why one guy's routine looked perfect but was scored much lower than someone else's, but that's because we don't understand that their skills were much easier. There are standard points for each skill, and the judges have the planned routine in front of them and can see if it was completed or only partly completed or totally f'd up. The difficulty score goes down from the posted possible total. Now that I've watched more gymnastics and listen to the commentary, I wouldn't be able to score myself, but I can get a pretty good idea of the range of the score, and the comparison between routines seems pretty fair. (Coaches can always challenge, and the judges go back to the laptops and look for evidence.) Sam's high bar routine above had some glitches, so he didn't get the full possible execution score, but it had such a high start value that he was still happy. His first day he was way ahead of the crowd going into his last routine, one that had lots of beautiful execution and difficult, but he made several very uncharacteristic (and obvious) oops-es and ended the first day in second.
PS: Seeing it live makes it all make more sense. And more exciting. These guys are scary good on a simply scary level of competition. And all of them fall now and then, and all of them can ruin a great score by a big step on the landing.
|11 weeks 5 days ago||They have a complicated method of scoring||
but yes, the results of this competition carry over to the trials. The all-around scores determine the winner of an individual competition, but there's a separate points total that figures into team placement. Not sure of the exact number, but points are given for being in 1st, 2nd or 3rd in an event. I think if you're 1st or 2nd in 3 separate events and finish high enough in the all-around you're an automatic lock.
The first 18 in the points total from this competition made the national team and move on, but there are guys whose all-around totals may have been higher than some who made the team because they didn't place high enough in individual events to get the necessary points.
|11 weeks 6 days ago||this is a test, this is only a test|
|12 weeks 13 hours ago||Yup, and it's deja vu all over again on this board||
Can't remember the specific thread where we educated somebody else, but found something new this time: It's also the name of a documentary about Berra. Website says the VHS is discontinued (what would Berra say about that?), but here's the description:
|12 weeks 16 hours ago||Fortunately Kona is known for its coffee beans||
Just in case you have trouble with the time change.
|12 weeks 2 days ago||He just tweeted that he was sitting next to Jim Harbaugh||
and all those answers! From his mom, from the girl he has a crush on...
|12 weeks 2 days ago||One doesn't bother||
Areas to improve: Injury future.
|12 weeks 4 days ago||Bravo!||
Justice is served.
|12 weeks 4 days ago||Appreciate the thought, but please don't do it on our account||
The photo itself requires a double dose of Lipitor.
|12 weeks 5 days ago||Primanti Bros.?||
Article says it's been "a sandwich mainstay in Pittsburgh since 1933."
[But maybe not. Research says they're known for their "Italian-bread meat sandwich stuffed with slaw, tomatoes, and fries." Could be at a sports bar that's more known for burgers. Maybe a Pittsburghian knows.]
|12 weeks 5 days ago||Hmm. Was going to move this now that there's a thread...||
But I wouldn't want to endanger another segment of our population. [Ah, I did it anyway. ]
|12 weeks 5 days ago||Too late to delete this from the other thread...||
But Hagelin fans may be interested to know that his 3rd line has become so popular that a Pittsburgh eatery named a sandwich after them.
Ham, Bacon & Kielbasa. And white bread. (Apparently that's the eatery's tradition, not a statement on the line's make-up.) For those in Pittsburgh with a note from your doctor, here's the article.
|12 weeks 5 days ago||Since you noticed...||
I'll post this here: Carl Hagelin's 3rd line has become so popular that a Pittsburgh place has named a sandwich after them:
The H also stands for ham. The article, for those who have a doctor on call.
|12 weeks 6 days ago||Bobsled is winter olympics||
and I'd guess rugby would be summer. So conceivably he could do both.
|12 weeks 6 days ago||My computer crashed just as it starting looking possible...||
I was watching on Gametracker (which is hardly watching)... Just as... Is it possible? Could it happen? Crash.
I checked the evidence of miraculous happenings when I booted back up. I thank you all, because now I can go back to the game thread and live those last few moments with you.
|13 weeks 3 hours ago||Was it? Here?||
I did a search, and only found the posts I mentioned above. Not quite sure how I stumbled on the info (the same page you linked to)... But I live in abject terror of posting something redundantly.
|13 weeks 14 hours ago||Congratulations to Mason||
for joining the ever-growing ranks of Michigan champions. Greg Meyer would be proud!
(If it weren't for Ferlic's success and the astute contributors to this board, some of us wouldn't have known about Meyer and Sullivan and Diemer. Now we do, and are quadrupely proud.)
|13 weeks 3 days ago||Well, we already have the offspring of a cheerleading coach.||
If only people would stop running over him.
|13 weeks 3 days ago||But how is he now?||
Fort Schembechler? Privacy laws? Or just none of our business?
|13 weeks 6 days ago||Rooting for him, even if it's not here||
This is one case where the back-story makes it so clear why he'd want to play for IU, and the speculation of his being bothered by the M pecking order moot. The home his grandparents gave him, the support from his school, his younger brother still playing in high school-- If this isn't a case of playing close to home being important, I don't know what is. He'll thrive, and his family will be there to watch it. And glow with pride.
PS: For those who haven't read the article, do so.
|14 weeks 1 day ago||Bravo Ladies!||
Thanks, WD, for the update, and thanks also to Wolvie for the reminder schedule.
|15 weeks 6 days ago||Coherent English training||
Whoever wrote it, we cannot speculate as to the quality, or even existence, of the coherent English training noted above, or even to assume it came from an education at PSU, but we can instead refer to actual evidence for said quality or lack thereof, evidence easier to find in the press release itself than in years-old accusations of long hidden-and-denied actions:
Can a story be incredulous? Or is it the readers of this press release that can be incredulous? For help in this determination, you may refer to the evidence below (Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary):
|16 weeks 9 hours ago||Think there was some problematic weather on the first day||
Maybe that's why 8th-ranked Northwestern (by-the-Northern-lake) beat out the higher-ranked Southern teams by such a large margin? (#1 Alabama came in 4th in their own regional.)
|16 weeks 11 hours ago||Though we'll probably never know||
and can't prove it, it's one of the most plausible explanations. Without being able to cite any studies, and not wanting to Google for info or for the correct name of the Man-Boy-Love group or whatever it's called for fear that will send my browser history into the same level of hell, for centuries there have been cabals of powerful men who can share their particular illegal, unethical or downright evil tendencies and cover for themselves both because of their power and their knowledge of the activities of their buddies.
|16 weeks 1 day ago||Actually, I think he was someone in Sports Management||
Hand wanted to be an engineer, but with the customary warnings that the demands of M's engineering program made it hard to balance with football, his other interest in Sports Management became a legitimate lure after being blown away with the Sports Management prof.
|16 weeks 2 days ago||Two medical men in my family from a century ago...||
Both served in WWI. Don't think my maternal uncle was a doctor yet, but was already in medical school. He's the one I knew well, an elderly physician who had broken feet, had broken his back, but refused to take even a single aspirin. He defended himself by telling us the story of being in a war-front clinic post-injury, and when he realized he was looking forward to the arrival of the doctor with the morphine, he decided to refuse the dose. He said that from that day he wouldn't touch a painkiller of any kind, because it was already well known how easy addiction could be. But an aspirin? He could be stubborn, but he felt he just had to draw the line.
The other was my dad's father, terribly charming to some, but my dad confessed he was "difficult." Figured it was just father-son issues, but then I hardly knew him. It wasn't until long after his death that one of my older sibs, also a doctor, said she was pretty sure that our grandfather was "difficult" because he was a morphine addict. So common among medical men of that era (and still today). They have the access, and it's too easy. And if you're both a soldier and a doctor, you know how to treat your injuries. You just don't know how to stop.
|16 weeks 2 days 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.
|16 weeks 2 days ago||Current Data - Lots of work to do!||
|16 weeks 3 days ago||Three freshmen pitchers give up a total of 2 hits||
(And obviously no runs.)
|16 weeks 4 days 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.
|16 weeks 5 days 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.
|17 weeks 1 hour ago||So happy for him!||
And now he gets a chance.
|17 weeks 6 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.
|17 weeks 7 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!
|17 weeks 7 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.
|17 weeks 1 day 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...
|17 weeks 2 days ago||
|17 weeks 2 days 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.
|17 weeks 6 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.
|18 weeks 1 day 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.
|18 weeks 1 day 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.
|18 weeks 4 days 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.
|18 weeks 4 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.
|18 weeks 6 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.
|19 weeks 2 days ago||Love the name Scrap Yard Dawgs||
But where is that specific scrap yard located?
|19 weeks 3 days 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.
|20 weeks 2 days 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!
|20 weeks 3 days 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.
|20 weeks 6 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.
|21 weeks 11 hours ago||Predecorated, no doubt.||
|21 weeks 11 hours ago||I think it was spaghetti for the Blue.||
You'd think they'd know the losers need more protein.
|21 weeks 11 hours 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?]
|21 weeks 5 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.
|21 weeks 6 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...
|22 weeks 4 hours 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.
|22 weeks 1 day 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.
|22 weeks 4 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.
|22 weeks 5 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...
|22 weeks 5 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.
|22 weeks 6 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.
|22 weeks 6 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.
|22 weeks 6 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.
|23 weeks 1 hour ago||Here's a photo in the meantime||
|23 weeks 2 hours 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.
|23 weeks 1 day ago||I wasn't confused when we were all Anonymous Cowards||
But Drupal's not on Daylight Savings Time!
And now it's tied.
|23 weeks 1 day ago||No break in antenna feed Manhattan||
Sometimes it's nice to be a Luddite.
|23 weeks 1 day 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.
|23 weeks 1 day 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.
|23 weeks 1 day 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.
|23 weeks 3 days ago||Kindergarten comes before first grade||
but they're both called going to school.
|23 weeks 3 days 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?
|23 weeks 3 days 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?"
|23 weeks 4 days 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
|23 weeks 6 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.
|23 weeks 6 days ago||B1G Disrespect||
I had hopes when there were two teams in the first region, but none in the West? Bad sign.
|23 weeks 6 days ago||Smiles all around.||
|24 weeks 5 hours ago||MGoAudio|
|24 weeks 13 hours ago||And stand in line to do so.||
And stand in line to do so.
|24 weeks 14 hours ago||Holding steady at 61-27||
|24 weeks 1 day 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.
|24 weeks 2 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.)
|24 weeks 3 days 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
|24 weeks 3 days ago||Now 57-29||
So some of the guys below the top two must have stolen a few votes from Matta.
|24 weeks 5 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.
|25 weeks 11 hours ago||52%-35%||
At 2:32 pm.
|25 weeks 2 days ago||Now 48-38||
And in an hour we can vote again.
|25 weeks 3 days 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.
|25 weeks 3 days 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.]
|25 weeks 4 days ago||You speak for me too||
and saved me a lot of time by doing so.
|25 weeks 5 days ago||He's listed on the roster as a WR||
So for the time being we're good.
|25 weeks 5 days ago||It's probably not even legal.||
It's probably not even legal.
|25 weeks 5 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.
|25 weeks 6 days ago||Must be contagious||
Walks killed the baseball team yesterday. Six walks and no hits in the first two innings,
|25 weeks 6 days ago||Harbaugh's Daughter Effect||
She plays water polo. Figured he'd leave California so she could play in a quality program.
|26 weeks 6 hours 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
|26 weeks 8 hours ago||Priceless.||
|26 weeks 14 hours 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.
|26 weeks 1 day ago||Link to Live Results||
Also live on BTN2Go.
|26 weeks 1 day 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.
|26 weeks 2 days ago||Who says fullbacks aren't handsome?||
As long as fullbacks vote, we're fine.
|26 weeks 3 days 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.
|26 weeks 5 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.
|27 weeks 1 day 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.
|27 weeks 1 day 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.
|27 weeks 3 days 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.]
|27 weeks 3 days ago||Probably considered conflict of interest||
Imagine if SEC fans thought Woodson was favoring the B1G. ESPN wouldn't stand for such impartiality.
|27 weeks 3 days ago||Exactly my reaction||
And I'm rarely that terse and direct.
|27 weeks 3 days 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.
|27 weeks 5 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.
|27 weeks 5 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.
|27 weeks 5 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.)
|27 weeks 5 days ago||Up 32% to 30%!!!||
I must have timed it right after you others did the heavy lifting.
|28 weeks 7 hours ago||Absolutely cool story||
Especially cool that he's smiling! Next time we see the death stare, may it have gone pro.
|28 weeks 1 day 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.
|28 weeks 6 days ago||Funchess||
Worth the wait.
|29 weeks 1 day 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.
|29 weeks 1 day ago||Is the show in NYC?||
Heavy snow and a giant crane collapsed downtown.
|29 weeks 2 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.
|29 weeks 4 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.
|29 weeks 6 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.
|29 weeks 6 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.
|29 weeks 6 days ago||Go blur should be a thing.||
Our hockey guys skate so fast...
|30 weeks 7 hours 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.
|30 weeks 10 hours 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.
|30 weeks 16 hours 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.
|30 weeks 1 day 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.
|30 weeks 2 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?
|30 weeks 3 days 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...
|30 weeks 3 days 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.
|30 weeks 3 days ago||A virtual contribution||
(Dang. Can't figure out how to untie it.)
|30 weeks 6 days ago||Pats' top two runners starting the season are on IR||
or so the commentators said.
|30 weeks 6 days ago||Unfortunately Demens & Woodley are both on IR||
But Larry Foote came off IR to become an ILB coach.
|30 weeks 6 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.
|30 weeks 6 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.
|30 weeks 6 days ago||He may have already done so||
Now that he's gotten the assurance he can use a fax machine that's silent.
|31 weeks 10 hours 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.
|31 weeks 1 day 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.
|31 weeks 2 days ago||If she didn't set an official announcement date||
she's simply chatting among friends.
|31 weeks 5 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.)
|32 weeks 1 hour 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.
|32 weeks 1 hour 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.
|32 weeks 3 hours 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?
|32 weeks 7 hours 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?
|32 weeks 3 days ago||Pretty impressive high school record||
|32 weeks 4 days ago||Also This||
|32 weeks 4 days ago||Not gonna do the dust-in-the-room thing...||
The headline alone brought on the wet-eye phenomenon. Bravo to all concerned!
|32 weeks 5 days ago||I'm not||
Have some soap opera tapes to catch up on.
|33 weeks 4 days 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.
|33 weeks 5 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?
|33 weeks 5 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.
|33 weeks 5 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:
|34 weeks 13 hours 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
|34 weeks 3 days 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.
|34 weeks 3 days ago||And maybe Beilein's coaching||
and encouragement reminded him he really could be what he thought he was.
|34 weeks 3 days 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."
|34 weeks 6 days ago||For some of us a social club of sorts...||
Now I get it! This is your anti-social club of sorts.
|35 weeks 16 hours 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!
|35 weeks 1 day 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.
|35 weeks 2 days ago||That is so brilliant!||
Must see with the photos.
|35 weeks 2 days ago||But we'll always have his T-shirt||
...next to our hearts.
|35 weeks 2 days ago||How can one choose?||
So many spectacular shots. Keep 'em coming, guys. And thanks for the memories.
|35 weeks 3 days 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.
|35 weeks 3 days ago||Damn Graphics Software Spellcheck||
(That's really embarrassing, though.)
|35 weeks 4 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.
|35 weeks 6 days ago||And 60 ain't as old as it used to be.||
Or so I've been told.