I'VE HAD JUST ABOUT ENOUGH OF YOU SONNY
|4 days 8 hours ago||Encouraging.||
He's got three more years to develop that, his catching and route-running, to go with his track-star speed. And who knows what we'll see when we get Darboh back? And the guys coming in... Can't wait.
|4 days 8 hours ago||Anyone watching the 49ers game||
to keep an eye out for Manningham now that he's back on the roster? Like Junior, he's also been injured for some time, so he too may have to work his way into real playing time.
|4 days 8 hours ago||Third Special Teams Tackle!||
Already called out for his blocking skills by Phil Simms! (Too lazy for full quote, already posted in Henne thread.)
He's finally healthy and showing what he can do.
|4 days 9 hours ago||And only a couple of plays earlier:||
Phil Simms: "Beautiful block by #88 Junior Hemingway. Usually when he comes in, you know it's going to be a run play. He's only had 4 catches this season, but boy this guy can block!"
And now they know he's not just a blocker. Gorgeous catch! (And just got a Michigan call-out on the replay.)
Discuss how much we've lost in blocking by losing our senior wide-outs the last couple seasons.
|5 days 9 hours ago||Wish we had upvotes||
so I didn't have to try to say what I am so pleased others said. I was watching with someone who is of the "we didn't win, so it's over" school. I was fine with Hoke going for 2, and thrilled to hear that's what the team wanted. And for those who berate these players for proving they could have played better at other games, they've never bought into the "they're young and have to learn and get better" idea, but maybe that's exactly what's been happening. Last week they lost a couple defensive starters in the 2nd half (didn't know it at the time) and yes, the defense was less successful in the 2nd half. Didn't know Ross and Wilson were out today, and the team wore down in the 2nd half again. Was that why? Was it that youngsters were thrown into the fire and passing expectations, learning and improving and just not able to close out against a team that was expected to blow us out? No moral victories. Well, I'm one of those softies who thinks there are.
|6 days 9 hours ago||Are you Terry Mills?||
That's just what he's been saying on the M audio broadcast. (I missed the beginning of the game, but I assume you/he were predicting this would be Z's coming out party.)
|1 week 4 days ago||According to the Mothership||
(a/k/a MGoBlue.com) , no TV but Gametracker and Live Blog on line.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||I remember seeing a tweet||
I remember seeing a tweet from Austin that someone posted, in which he said something like "I used to be pretty good at basketball." Or maybe "I play basketball. I used to be pretty good at it." Heart-breaking. But this article brings it all into perspective.
Far worse things have happened to him, and though his heart's been severely bruised, he won't stop rehabbing it.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Had the Philly game on in NYC||
and suddenly looked up from the computer when I heard the word "Lions" and saw the bumblebee prison jerseys and assumed it was a highlight shot. But no. Wonder what happened to the Philly game? Did the tornado move in from Chicago? Should I close my windows?
Not to say I'm disappointed. Already saw Avant make a nice catch and Brandon Graham get a sack along with encouraging word that the coaches are seeing progress after his switching to linebacker, and don't get to see the Lions often out here except on Thanksgiving.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||The article says his current head coach didn't know||
until he was called to comment in connection with this story. As head coach of the NY Giants who had a lot to do with taking a very late draft pick and not even relegating him to the practice squad, if Coughlin didn't know it doesn't seem surprising that his college coaches didn't know either. His UMass coaches may have known, because the story made a lot of news locally when it was happening.
And now we know.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||That smile that means||
he doesn't care when people tell him he's too small or too short or too whatever because he loves the game and he loves the effort it takes to surprise the doubters. The kind of guy we love rooting for.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||With a couple games yet to finish||
CBSSports.com shows Horford the night's leader in rebounds and LeVert the 3-pt leader.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||Not sure what the definition for "varsity" is these days||
But Men's Gymnastics also won the NCAA championship this past season, including #1 and #2 in the all-around, and will be hosting the championships right here in A2 this coming spring. (Okay, I'm not there anymore, but when I talk about sports I am.)
But if we're talking about the traditional team sports, softball at M is hard to beat for consistency of excellence.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||By the time this is sent||
it should be 2:00 pm, and with it sending more good thoughts from the eastern edge of the country. She's lucky to have you there.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||Photo: Why is Derrick the only one smiling?||
And the coaches look positively bored. Perhaps captions are in order for that shot.
But the malnourished one looks even tinier next to McGary-in-tie. Now that Denard's gone, Caris gets the bounty of my maternal instinct. (From a distance. No surrogate-child stalking here.)
|4 weeks 12 hours ago||Can we put up-votes on account||
for later use?
|4 weeks 6 days ago||Working for me. Was hoping||
I could use the radio audio with the BTN video, but they're not synchronized.
|5 weeks 9 hours ago||Don't know about Huyge,||
but didn't Omameh start out wanting to be an engineer but then transferred to Social Work and Communications? Or something like that?
|5 weeks 2 days ago||Both Schofield and Lewan||
were asked about at the end of their questioning during yesterday's press conference. About the only time in the presser that Lewan was smiling, a kind of gosh-shucks thing from each of them (i.e., not at all Being Heroes). I was hoping to find out more details, not being able to hear the full questions.
The article does call the Red Sox Cap Man the hero, and both Schofield and Lewan mentioned him (Taylor saying he was a trainer at Eastern Michigan, Mike only knowing he was a trainer). But there was fire involved, and most people would shy away from such a situation, even if only suspected. Our guys were big, the trainer knew what to do. A nice story and worthy of taking notice.
[To OA: Perhaps the article sounds "blog-like" to you because it's a human interest story rather than straight news? There's a lot of good writing to be found on blogs these days, as well as not-so-erudite or properly spelled. As we well know. And I thought the writer did a fine job.]
|5 weeks 3 days ago||I'm sick of not knowing when a game is going to be||
until the TV Gods think it wise to divulge. I have to buy tickets for something the NW game Saturday before they're gone, and have to gamble on matinee or evening. Will probably miss it either way, but the other event involves a dear friend and has clear priority.
At least I don't have to get a last-minute hotel room, as did many going the UConn game and not knowing it would be at night.
|5 weeks 6 days ago||Fortunate enough to meet Brock in NYC||
when he addressed an alumni group. He's not only courageous and inspiring, he leaves that for others to decide. A genuinely lovely guy, with a surprising, and sweet, sense of humor.
|6 weeks 3 days ago||Ryan Mundy is starting because||
Stevie Brown was put on IR after his preseason injury. Mike Cox is co-starting with another untested RB (at least untested by the Giants, cut by Tampa Bay in September and just signed a couple of days ago) because everybody else was injured, including Jacobs, who was just brought back, no doubt because they didn't have faith in anyone else left on their current roster. They like Mike, but it doesn't sound like they thought of him as a starter, certainly not yet, before desperation set in.
There was a nice little article in the NY Times (print edition, don't have link) when they knew Cox was going to play. He was excited about the opportunity and said things about what he needs to work on: learning the plays, etc. From the few plays I saw tonight, even the commentators were talking about the two RBs doing straight-ahead running only, nothing complicated.
And in other news, Kenny Demens was cut today by the Cardinals. (One can hope they put him back on the practice squad after he clears waivers.)
|6 weeks 3 days ago||Played FB for the Jets||
and later for Tampa Bay.
|6 weeks 3 days ago||I was worried their humor was being corralled||
until the Gallon-height exchange. They looked so serious in the early part, as if they'd lost the game. Seemed like pre-presser Fort Schembechlerizing. Wonder what was said in the locker room? Fortunately, when given the right straight lines, their true personalities broke through.
|6 weeks 4 days ago||The relevant details from Hoke's presser:||
Does that answer your question?
|6 weeks 4 days ago||I second the memory...||
without access to film review. Only once that I noticed, but it was hard to miss the name on the back of his jersey.
|6 weeks 5 days ago||One of the all-time classic lines||
Nice to know he has the wit to live up to those dimples.
|6 weeks 5 days ago||I saw it listed today for 4:00.||
So I taped it since I'd be away watching the Michigan game. Wondered why they didn't have even one of the TVs tuned to the Tigers game, since even in NYC there are lots of Michigan alumni who would care. If it weren't for this thread not being started until after the Snowflakes threads, I wouldn't have known to turn on the TV. (Which might have been better for my sanity.)
|6 weeks 5 days ago||Omameh||
Omameh was signed to Tampa Bay's active roster. Taken from the 49ers' practice squad. Already on the depth list (back-up to starting guard).
(I approve of naming players when there's something nice to say. Lessons from Mom.)
|7 weeks 1 day ago||He had that customary twinkle in his eye||
and was enjoying the back and forth with the questioner, whoever it was. Helpful to watch the video while reading the transcript.
Often the questions aren't miked, so my methodology is to read the questions in the transcript, then switch over to the video to watch his replies. Tongue in cheek is hard to get from a transcript. (As many of us here learn when our intended humor doesn't translate through the keyboard.) It's also nice to watch his obvious pride when describing a player's progress.
|7 weeks 1 day ago||reading comp pt. 2||
Nowhere does it says Magnuson is being moved to guard. Or that he is going to start at guard this Saturday. It says he did a nice job as back-up tackle, and he's "in the mix" "getting reps" as guard as well. This is practice. This is how the youngsters grow, learn and get ready to be useful when needed. Practice is where the competition happens, if not the magic. And the game is where those who do well at practice are thrown into the fire to learn how to handle it. Some will learn eventually, some may not.
If he handles things better in practice than some others, then he might get thrown into the fire eventually, and of course we'll panic again if he doesn't solve the problems any more quickly than the other youngsters.
|7 weeks 6 days ago||She's a terrific writer||
Fortunately I read some of her work for the Daily before she retired (a/k/a graduated), but unfortunately didn't discover her long before that. She's so sweet and pretty (and has a youthful, girlish quality that one wouldn't anticipate knowing her only from her fine written work), that the video-conscious ESPN folks don't want to bother with what's north of her eyes. But there's plenty up there. Hope sometime she actually gets to write again.
|8 weeks 3 days ago||"He’s a big of a mismatch problem."||
Funchess prompts good typos.
|8 weeks 3 days ago||And it's his birthday!||
Just heard that on WTKA, saw your post, and realized I'm wearing my Charles Woodson Clinical Research T-shirt. (Not a surprise. My at-home garb of choice.) Oct. 7 is an important birthday date in my life (shared by 3 people who were very close to me), so now I get to pretend this is personally significant.
Happy b'day, Charles!
|8 weeks 4 days ago||Is that why the replay wasn't posted on ESPN3.com?||
I thought they streamed all their games (ABC/ESPN) afterwards. BTN is taking over the world.
|8 weeks 5 days ago||I listened to the UM audio on the computer...||
So I'm figuring that the post is suggesting I shouldn't be too upset that ESPN3.com isn't showing the game replay (at least not when I checked).
I also thought this post was going to be about the future of our defense when Jake Ryan is healthy enough to rejoin Countess.
|11 weeks 2 days ago||Seriously?||
You mean the iconic ancient helmet is only 22 years older than Anthony Carter? (See later post.) Now I feel seriously old.
|12 weeks 1 day ago||I'm glad I came back for more.||
I'm glad I came back for more. [inner redundancy allowed without moderation]
|12 weeks 1 day ago||I can't tell you how brilliant this is.||
Even when we had moderation, we didn't have the Brilliant option.
|12 weeks 1 day ago||Chesson Talks!||
And very quickly.
|12 weeks 1 day ago||Video (w/audio)|
|12 weeks 4 days ago||Cox did well in his year at UMass.||
Didn't we see him play against Michigan last year? I recall he had a pretty good night.
|12 weeks 4 days ago||But he came to the pros from West Virginia||
Just like Cox, who was drafted out of UMass. And those are the schools that are listed for them in their NFL team bios. And maybe Mundy is being diplomatic by naming his high school so he doesn't have to choose between his two colleges. (He's starting, by the way, because he was backing up Stevie Brown who's out for the season.)
|12 weeks 4 days ago||I wondered who that was||
Saw a #10 on a photo from last night and was very confused.
Hmm. For those who feared honored current players could no longer make their own legends, we see the most recent #10 is becoming enough of a legend in his own right that his old number can be an inspiration to those coming up.
|12 weeks 4 days ago||Also - Drake Johnson||
The coaches clearly wanted to give Green time to break in, and against ND you'd prefer to put in someone with more experience when Fitz needed a breather, but the older guy they trusted didn't make it to game 2.
Also good for a super-recruit to realize he has stuff to learn when playing with the big boys.
|12 weeks 6 days ago||The primary attraction for the Notre Dame Game||
was the Regis Philbin meltdown on national TV the following Monday morning. I like Michael Strahan. but now the rivalry has lost its relevance.
|12 weeks 6 days ago||Fortunately his current coach liked him||
enough to take him with him to the NFL. I may not follow the Bills, but I'm going to keep an eye on their RB stats. A good career after his running days, and obviously a devoted father.
|13 weeks 2 days ago||Fort Schembechler||
Can't believe there was stuff in this interview I didn't know already. More impressed with him now than before, if such a thing is possible.
|13 weeks 3 days ago||QWash was my thought too.||
Harmon was a running back, but 98 today is more lineman-appropriate, and QWash seems the kind of guy they'd like to honor.
|13 weeks 3 days ago||They needed linemen||
and found two on the waiver wire. But the article on the Cardinals' website made the point that Demens qualified for the practice squad, so there's a good chance he'll end up, or start, there. The Cardinals have only named 4 of their practice squad as of today, so I wouldn't write him off yet. If they thought he was good enough for the 53 as an undrafted rookie before they found guys to fill a greater need, sounds like they'd like to keep him.
EDIT: Hmmm. They've signed several people to their practice squad, including two LBs, one who was cut before Demens (i.e., never made the 53-man roster even for a few minutes), and the other from another team, where he was listed as a DE. There's still room, but can't imagine they'd sign another LB when they have plenty on the roster. Very odd.
|13 weeks 3 days ago||The Team The Team The Team Post-Game Award||
|13 weeks 4 days ago||After the pleasant surprise of Kenny Demens||
making the Cardinals roster, he was cut today as they were awarded two linemen from waivers. But the article on their website notes that Kenny is "practice squad eligible." Considering he wasn't cut until today, and for need, they must like him enough to put him on the squad whether now or later. Presumably their squad will be named tomorrow.
Unfortunately, Roy Rountree didn't make the Bengals' practice squad. Too bad they don't have a comedy squad. He'd have been a sure thing.
|13 weeks 4 days ago||Since Miami hasn't posted their practice squad yet||
his just now tweeting is pretty convincing. Kovacs had my vote for "most likely to make the practice squad."
But players can be put on and off the practice squad several times during the season, as the team's needs change. Junior Hemingway was on and off his first year, making the active roster near the end of the year, and still there even after being injured for much of pre-season. Tim Jamison was on and off for a couple years, I think, and then was even a starter for part of last year.
|13 weeks 4 days ago||He looked pretty good in the last preseason game||
He looked pretty good in the last preseason game, playing extended time with the back-ups. The Jets took him as a project, knowing his position change, so I expected he'd at least be put on the practice squad. Great to see they saw enough to put him on the roster.
|13 weeks 4 days ago||with assist||
Leprechaun with fig leaf? Or shamrock as carefully placed replacement?
|13 weeks 4 days ago||Beat the Fig Things!||
|13 weeks 4 days ago||Noticed this photo in MLive's Gallery||
A.J. Williams had to carry him over to the student section to celebrate, but the smile on his face is encouraging.
Courtney Sacco I AnnArbor.com
EDIT: Posting as a reply makes for distorting skinny format.
|13 weeks 4 days ago||Most convincing answer to SalvatoreQ above||
I'd rather have you guys call me out for stupidity than the idiots on ESPN.
I was thinking of Tate, and though his demotion may have stemmed from the same issues that eventually led to his suspension, you're no doubt correct.
|13 weeks 4 days ago||Valid question, and expected||
Valid answer: See Magnus comment above yours-- I knew someone would have better, more accurate/complete data at their fingertips.
Follow-up but semi-cop-out answer: I didn't have time to research because I was rushing out to meet friends for game-watch.
Honest answer: Too cowardly to post on ESPN if I have to use my actual name via the dreaded Facebook. Thanks for those above who defend my cowardice by asserting that posting on ESPN is a waste of time.
|13 weeks 4 days ago||Mouton is on IR [again]||
As for others we had, however briefly, Mallett's still on the Pats and Ryan Mundy is on the Giants-- he was actually Stevie Brown's back-up in preseason after coming over from Pittsburgh. [Toney Clemons, for those who were following, was cut from the Jaguars after being on Pittsburgh's practice squad a season or so ago.]
David Baas is injured, but not on IR.
|13 weeks 5 days ago||Would someone please post a response to the first||
ESPN article comment ["Michigan gives out a whopping 1 game suspension..big deal..only because it's CMU they have to play. I'm sure if Bama was week 1 we never would know anything was wrong."] and point out M has suspended our starting QB from a Bowl game and then for good (poor kid later proved why it was necessary) and our punter for OSU and Bowl games and then for an entire season-plus, and whatever examples volunteer poster has time to research?
|13 weeks 5 days ago||So that's what she was talking about.||
The friend I watch the games with e-mailed "I'm bringing the Times article, so you don't have to read it on line."
|14 weeks 7 hours ago||Forgive an NFL post||
But Brandon Graham just sacked Matt Simms (in for the Jets because no one else is healthy) for a safety in the Jets' very first series. And this after Simms was sacked by someone else as Graham was pushing one of his OL out of the way.
Good to see when the new coaching staff changed his position.
|14 weeks 1 day ago||And just now shown on Ch. 7 NYC evening news||
to close their sports report. A little Yanks, a little Jets, and then The Video. Ending with "a Michigan recruit. They want him to play defense, but maybe now they'll change their minds."
Not often they pay attention to out-of-region teams/people/sports, and almost never anything high school-related.
|14 weeks 1 day ago||Um.. Did you mean to reply to me?||
I don't think I said anything that implied these guys weren't cut because they were from Michigan. I posted the info because I thought the readers of this blog were be interested in the status of players they were rooting for less than a year ago.
|14 weeks 2 days ago||As long as we're [almost] on the subject...||
It was good to see that all of Michigan's rookies made it past the first cut, other than part-time Wolverine Sam McGuffie.
The damage has been to M's non-rookies: Breaston and Braylon cut, as well as Martell Webb who'd made it on a couple of practice squads over the past year. As for the previously posted and/or not exactly new: Stevie Brown tore his ACL and is out for the season, Mario Manningham is still (or again?) on the PUP, and Jonas Mouton is again on IR. (He's been there most of his pro career, unfortunately.) David Baas is also out for the Giants but expected back.
|14 weeks 2 days ago||That's like calling Woodson a Buckeye||
because he was born in Ohio.
[Obsessive need for footnote: The Maori and Tongans share Polynesian roots, but that goes back 7-8 centuries.]
|14 weeks 4 days ago||It was one of the highlight plays of the game||
Beautiful interception and terrific return. Picking up from where he left off last season.
Don't think I'll bother watching any more Giants games this year.
|14 weeks 5 days ago||Comments on this earlier thread explain the mystery||
with this article [LINK] from the Bengals' website including a rave review for Roy:
|14 weeks 5 days ago||Fell in love with that photo the first time you posted.||
Reminds me of my first crush on an older man (16) when I was even younger than your daughter (4). Ah, nursery school. Those were the days.
|14 weeks 6 days ago||In answer to your question||
A picture of Tom with both of his sons. It's well known that he's been a part of his first son's life since the beginning, and both sons are raised as true brothers, the first being an integral part of his family with Giselle.
from an article about Brady & fatherhood in BostonHerald.com:
And to give Bridget equal time (from People, of course):
She also says that she didn't find out she was pregnant until after she and Brady broke up. So it seems they're both being mature adults and thinking first of the welfare of their unexpected son.
|15 weeks 6 hours ago||Thank you, gentlemen, for reminding us||
what this thread was supposed to be about. No negging possibilities makes one give up on threads because they veer off into interminable personal indulgence/squabbles.
|15 weeks 1 day ago||Review from the Bengals website:||
Theme: Things Bengals/fans know that the world may not know. And others that they didn't.
|15 weeks 1 day ago||Had no idea who Taylor Mays was||
but from their reaction, Roy was spot-on. Even if he doesn't get a lot of reps as a rookie, there's got to be a spot on the practice squad for someone with his comedy skills.
I Googled Mays in the meantime. I assume he was the guy in the white shirt who kept hiding his head. But since he's smiling, I feel better about him not taking it out on Roy in practice.
|15 weeks 1 day ago||The late hit was their second encounter on the field||
Their first was Denard giving Harris a friendly pat on the tusch after an earlier play. Don't know if the two were related.
Being at the game, I also noticed that in warm-ups Denard was tossing the ball. Not exactly a passing drill, but maybe he's still working on his hands. He had some nice catches in the first game, but practice reports were that he was having trouble holding on to the ball. So it seems they haven't given up on his versatility but may think he'll be more use to them right now as RB.
|15 weeks 3 days ago||I'm also notoriously bad at networking||
But I've accidentally gotten some free-lance work from friends I'd met through the Alumni Club. Both lawyers, but one job was actually for artsy skills. I originally joined for some literary dinners organized by the Entertainment Coalition (UMEC) in NYC, with guest alumni luminaries. Very much enjoyed them, but UMEC seems to have petered out. Perhaps it needs some young blood?
I seem to remember also joining the alumni club to broaden my friend base in the city, to meet new people from different fields who were obviously smart and not always talking about auditions. Which doesn't mean I would hold the latter against you, you being an actor and all. It's just that my friends who are always talking about auditions have no interest in my always talking about Michigan sports.
|15 weeks 3 days ago||I was at the game||
And the Jags looked pretty good for the first couple series. They scored on both of their opening drives (TD +FG) against the Jets' starting defense, looking fast, clean and efficient. (I heard one Jets fan moaning, "Their hurry-up is killing us!") Huge difference later, and their 100 yds of penalties didn't help. Unfortunately, Henne (who played pretty well last week, if I remember correctly) really played poorly. Don't know enough about their roster to know if he was behind a back-up O-line or enough about their depth to know if that made all the difference. But this was a typical preseason game in that the two halves were like two different games.
|15 weeks 4 days ago||Good question||
During the NBC broadcast, it was mentioned that Jake Dalton (on last year's Olympic team with Sam and finishing in third place today), gave up his last year of eligibility at Oklahoma to train full time. I assumed he'd simply graduated. (The top two men going into last year's Olympics were never college gymnastics, training in private clubs.) I assume sponsorships are a big deal, but the advertising opportunities are more noticeable with the women's gymnastics stars, most of whom are too young to be in college, and so cute and marketable that an Olympic medal can be gold in more ways than one. (The college "girls" are too womanly to compete on the international level.) Sam could definitely be marketable by now, as popular as he's become. But he's sticking to college, so though he can be trending on twitter, he can't do ads for them, and he often mentions how much he and his M team enjoy competing.
Along those lines, an interesting case is Michigan gymnast Elise Ray. She was the 2000 U.S. champion and competed in the 2000 Olympics before she came to Michigan. She's not alone among the women in going to college after outgrowing international competition, but I don't believe they can compete collegiately if they've taken remuneration beforehand. But she came to Michigan, had a record-setting career, and later went "pro," which in her case included three years in Cirque du Soleil, occasional commentary for BTN, and now coaching at U. of Washington (working for a former ass't coach at Michigan). There's a great article in their Daily [LINK] which gives a good picture of why one might prefer competing in college (of course her Olympic team was the famous one that "underachieved" and was given the bronze medal a full decade later, after it was finally proven that members of the Chinese team had been under age):
|15 weeks 5 days ago||What?!?||
Who gave you permission to retire?
Not that you have to accumulate Jon Falk years or anything, but... Golly.
|16 weeks 1 day ago||Caleb with a "C"||
For obvious reasons, I remembered Caleb Stacey was in the same class as Kaleb Ringer and wondered if his omission in the list was because he decommitted before signing day. Finding the relevant post and seeing that he did, in fact, decommit very close to signing day, Ace's comment about the O-linemen still available is particularly interesting in retrospect:
|16 weeks 1 day ago||Not only did he show up in the Countess home||
As I recall, Mattison stopped there on the way to Ann Arbor immediately after accepting the job. If the family needed assurance that Countess was wanted, that must have helped.
|16 weeks 4 days ago||Stevie Brown went from surprise to starter||
He'd been cut by Oakland, was pretty much a try-out player in preseason, then kept making these amazing plays! He's not a surprise anymore, but maybe Cox will be. Gave up looking for his number until Carl Banks (former Giant/local TV color-man) made a comment about being impressed by Cox on special teams, and then again later complimenting him as gunner. So who knows? Once he got some blocking (and/or timing?) in scrub time with scrub O-line, he picked up more yards than the guy playing ahead of him.
As for Mundy, he came over from Pittsburgh and seems to be Stevie Brown's back-up, at least for the moment. So along with David Baas as starting center, plenty of former Wolverines to keep track of on the Gints, even though two of them are officially from elsewhere (Mundy from WVa and Cox from UMass).
Why I love preseason.
|16 weeks 6 days ago||Though we're watching for our beloved rookies,||
we should get more than a glimpse of Chad Henne.
EDIT: A moment later: "Henne hands off to Robinson..."
|17 weeks 1 day ago||I must thank the OP||
I was about to turn the game off when Al did what I expected, but when I saw your thread I thought I'd join the group despair. Otherwise I'd have missed Cabrera's wonderworks.
|17 weeks 1 day ago||Damn. That was fast.||
Bad choice of words.
|17 weeks 2 days ago||Absolutely||
So different physically, in personality, but identical inflection of Denard's favorite phrase.
|17 weeks 3 days ago||Could've sworn I read this this morning...||
It's actually down there in mgo.licio.us, 2nd item: a link to an LA Times article. He looks great in their picture. Let's see if MLive has anything to add.
|17 weeks 4 days ago||He showed up well tonight||
Showed what he's best at: smarts, serious tackling, ability to read the plays. And that last leaping tackle was Gallonesque.
|17 weeks 4 days ago||Knowing his story||
I was thrilled to know he was next up for an interview. Wow. When he says Michigan changed his life... He may still be soft-spoken, but incredibly well-spoken. Keep the good stories coming. Another one to love.
|17 weeks 4 days ago||I had the NGIX Welcome yesterday morning||
several times on IE, but it's been fine since. Not being an engineer/technical whiz, wasn't sure it wasn't my computer that had been assaulted by a kidnap/hacker/virus thing. So is this perhaps a site invasion rather than a particular browser incompatability?
EDIT: See more knowledgable others below with had similar experiences. Also reminded me that I did do a cookie/cache clean-up, but I think that was later in the day after I was able to re-access.
|17 weeks 6 days ago||Re-joining the family in every [good] sense of the word||
Wow. Had read about the situation at Oakland and had no idea she was part of that team. Won't speculate what she went through, but happy she found her way here.
|18 weeks 13 hours ago||But but but||
Maybe he's French Canadian and he got desperate when his family moved away from the competitive ice!
|18 weeks 1 day ago||How is Ricardo doing?||
With much less knowledge than you on both the football-related and (obviously) personal levels, I always felt bad about his path here, expecially because I didn't understand. Transplanting himself, trying to transform himself, and then fading into the background. So thanks for the bit of insight. Hope he's doing well.
|18 weeks 2 days ago||Try to figure out why the ad above the banner||
is trying to get me to buy Ohio T-shirts. (Honestly. Some company named Homage. Telling me to Shop Now.)
|18 weeks 3 days ago||So is it significant||
that Marshon Lattimore is also a DB, whose 247 Crystal Ball is currently 100% OSU with a July 28 unofficial to UofM? And there are several threads about another "huge" (a/k/a large or surprising?) commitment about to drop on this side of the border?
|18 weeks 3 days ago||Obligatory Posting||
of congratulatory baby bootie.
Goll darn, but she's cute!
|18 weeks 3 days ago||Got good cheapo Ebay tix for the pre-season game with the Jets||
The best time to go to NFL for followers of rookies. First preseason game, first time to see him in action. Will Campbell should also get his feet wet on the Jets' OL. (Chad Henne, David Harris, and Braylon Edwards may get a little practice too.)
|18 weeks 3 days ago||Chuck Long?||
How soon we forget. (And now you can't edit. Sorry.)
|18 weeks 5 days ago||I wondered why the name sounded familiar.||
He's not a recruit, not a commit...
But they're both incredible stories. And this one's true.
|18 weeks 5 days ago||That picture says it all.||
And he's so tall, I had to scroll. But the effort was worth it.
|19 weeks 2 hours ago||How timely.||
A good friend just asked if I'd like to use his extra ticket for the Staten Island Yankees tomorrow night (with Michael O'Neill, conveniently against the Brooklyn Cyclones, with Patrick Biondi).
|19 weeks 1 day ago||Eases the pain that they're keeping him as a student assistant||
Is it my imagination that he looks kind of like Roy Manning in that picture? Or is it just that he looks like a mature, husky, smiling linebacker-type who could be a damn good coach?
|19 weeks 1 day ago||Hail to the Victors!||
Congrats, and keep up the good fight.
|19 weeks 1 day ago||Feel free to use us to get the grumps out||
I always turn to this place to get my mind off of unpleasant things, but my unpleasant things pale next to yours. Best wishes on your treatment and recovery, and hope this remains a good place for mood assist and diversion.
|20 weeks 1 day ago||But Clowney remembers||
Clowney remembers, and there's nothing better than being respected by your most respected competition.
|20 weeks 3 days ago||Speaking of fathers and sons...||
Clayton's son Zach was an Alabama state HS champion in shot put and discus, and-- for the obscure Michigan connection-- was drafted out of Auburn by the Tennesse Titans in the 7th round, a few rounds after Mike Martin for the same position. Presumably they've bonded rooting against Alabama.
Impressive resume for Papa Clayton. Great get for the program.
|20 weeks 5 days ago||Don't even have to look at that clip||
to know it's one emblazoned in my Iconic Devin memory files.
Or it should be... Doesn't hurt to watch it again.
|21 weeks 1 day ago||I don't think he did.||
That was the joke.
|21 weeks 1 day ago||Adding to the recommendations (& info)||
Attended a screening in NYC a year or two ago as an alumni association event, and purchased the DVD from the stunt3 website. An absolute must-see.
Other fascinating tidbits (whether from the documentary or the Q&A afterwards, I can't be sure-- they did add some background info not in the film) include Willis Ward having had a track rivalry with one Jesse Owens, who happened to be an OSU student (before his fame as the African-American showing up Hitler in the German stadium). Each beat the other at least once. There is a plaque on the Michigan campus commemorating Owens (perhaps his setting a record here), but nothing commemorating Ward.
And not only was Ward benched for the infamous Georgia Tech game, he was not even allowed in the stadium (in case it should cause a disturbance). Ward was also given an Olympic try-out, but he didn't run his best, supposedly so disheartened by the Georgia Tech experience.
The filmmakers stressed that the campus was not in full support of Yost's action. Professors and students voiced their protest, and playwright Arthur Miller, then on the staff of the Michigan Daily, wrote an editorial of outrage, though I seem to remember it wasn't printed.
As for Yost, he was from West Virginia, where this kind of "gentlemen's" agreement was standard. Not that it's defensible, but, as MGoBender says, the record shows he did alter his views over time.
|21 weeks 3 days ago||Knowing about more cases helps too,||
as sad as it is to hear so many with direct connections to those involved, because it leads to more focus on therapy/cure, and quicker recognition of the early symptoms. Michael Zaslo, a well-loved actor who had starred for years on Guiding Light was fired because he was slurring his speech, and it was assumed that he was drinking. He knew he didn't have a drinking problem, but he had no idea he had ALS. So added to his future suffering from the disease was the suffering due to ignorance of the disease, his own, the producers' and probably that of many fans.
But once it had been diagnosed, another soap (One Life to Live) brought back a character he had played for them in between his Guiding Light gigs, now returning to town as a sufferer of ALS. He, his wife and friends started an MLS foundation in the few months before he died. (Link: A brief obit from the NYTimes.)
|21 weeks 5 days ago||I don't think it's a slap in the face for him||
but it may have been one for Miller. It was rumor that said Jordan was the front runner, and reading the linked articles it seems Miller was rumored to be following Stevens to the Celtics. Just as easy to speculate that Butler was worried Miller would leave and called in Jordan just in case. Not that Jordan wouldn't have been an excellent option: both have solid histories with Butler, both have good resumes as assistants to respected B1G coaches with successful programs during their coaching time, but Miller knows the current players, who were taken for a loop when Stevens left.
But interesting to learn that Miller just came back in April. More baseless speculation: Stevens asks him to follow him to Celtics, obviously someone he likes as a coach, lured him to Butler only a few months ago... Who knew what when? Did Miller know Stevens was ready to move and did Stevens suggest he was HC-in-waiting, only to ask him to come with him to the pros?
Nevertheless, the players of both schools win. The Butlerites keep their assistants, probably to retain their system. Our guards, including those who may or may not be joining the team [ptui,ptui-don't tempt the evil eye], have the guy they thought would mentor them. And Jordan's recognized for his contributions and value.
|21 weeks 6 days ago||Right. He's chronicler of the defense.||
He didn't get this gig, or the one on WTKA, for that play. But he's the one who tells the tales of that defense. On and off the field. And of the coaches. And of him getting into trouble with the coaches.
For those who haven't heard him, check out the podcasts of the Mott fundraiser when he chats up his former teammates. And gets them to tell their tales of their memorable plays.
And If he had some memorable plays himself, what better time to bring them up?
|21 weeks 6 days ago||Thrilled for him||
as long as I can still listen to him now and then on WTKA. (Where he doesn't have to be muzzled.) Was just listening to him the other day and smiling.
|22 weeks 15 hours ago||Such mixed feelings||
Of course it had to happen sooner or later, was justing hoping for later. Especially with these talented young and incoming guards who'll be disappointed not to have Jordan here developing them. But both of our young assistants are prime candidates for poaching, and considering that Jordan played and coached for Butler, I'm thinking he won't be turning down the opportunity. Like former M ass't Hoke willing to walk to Ann Arbor. The chance to go back home as head man doesn't come around that often.
|22 weeks 16 hours ago||Welcoming back Lady Liberty||
reopening today post-Sandy.
|22 weeks 17 hours ago||De-negged you||
Because you weren't being a grammar Nazi but having fun with typos (one of my favorite sports, along with making typos) and clarified the original intent. I mistakenly assumed "think" was for "thin" and meant we should be genuinely concerned. "Thick" makes much more sense in context.
|22 weeks 3 days ago||Wasn't that the problem?||
That we couldn't read the numbers on the alternate jerseys? Or was that basketball? Or maybe it was both...
|22 weeks 3 days ago||The Firemen's Memorial||
Built in 1913 and off the beaten track, it's the site of an annual memorial tribute attended by fightfighters from all parts of the city. But after 9/11 it took on a new life as a gathering place for all of us. I couldn't help thinking about that this morning, all those firemen continuing up the stairs as they were helping so many others make their way down. For those firefighters and families who may not feel appreciated, it's hard for us here not to think of them every time we see a firetruck go by or even the laughing guys pile out of the truck to pick up take-out. I wonder if neighbors have left flowers today like they did then.
|22 weeks 4 days ago||But you notice the seats are blue||
Plush and comforting. One passes through the superficial green shell to find the blue of home.
|23 weeks 4 hours ago||Being a transplanted NYC-er||
I may actually have to listen to the local sports broadcasts during NBA season.
And as we got closer to the Knicks pick, I remembered that Hardaway was already featured on the local pre-draft sports report tonight... Suggestions that he might go there?
|23 weeks 5 hours ago||THJ to 3 subway stops away.||
Does that mean I actually have to pay attention to the NBA? Nice cheer from the locals.
EDIT: Oops. Forgot I had navigated away from appropriate thread.
|23 weeks 1 day ago||Had she only known...||
She wouldn't have walked throughTimes Square either, so I was dumbfounded that she had biked there. Turns out her biking companion had an important errand to do in the area and she didn't even know where she was until it was too late. Rush hour, sunny day, mobs of summer tourists at the TKTS booth, AND Trey Burke.
|23 weeks 2 days ago||So that's why Times Square was so crowded!||
(Not being snarky.) A friend was in town and biking, and when I called to check in she said they were Times Square and "it was so crowded!" I thought, "Well, duh. It's Times Square on a sunny summer afternoon." But considering said friend is a big Michigan fan... Had she only known!
|24 weeks 2 days ago||The person who told me to watch last night||
is a big fan of hers and was bemoaning having no one to share her fanship. So I watched and agreed that Michelle is terrific. (Being theater folk, we always go for the quirkier contestants, as long as they're talented as well as quirky.) I'm sure my friend, herself a Michigan woman (though we didn't meet there), has no idea that her favorite is too. She'll be thrilled.
|24 weeks 6 days ago||Even Tigers fans can root for the Staten Island Yankees||
One of my best friends has given up going up to the Bronx (tix cost too much, 97-year-old dad can't really make it up there) has Staten Island season tix and celebrates his August birthday every year by renting a suite in Staten Island. A luxury box for 20, including free food, free cap, A/C inside and great seats outside, costs about the same as a good seat at Yankee stadium. Just saw him last night and he said chances are O'Neill will be planning at S.I. "because they usually take the college guys." For those of you in the area who don't care about seeing megabuck stars, it's a great evening out, especially with a family. Human-size stadium, clowns and on-field activities for the kids, and the outfield view is the New York harbor and downtown Manhattan. Easy to get to (short walk from the Staten Island Ferry, which is a great buy in itself, being free). And comparing the cost for taking a family to see the pros...
For descendants of disgruntled former Brooklyn Dodgers fans, the Brooklyn Cyclones brought baseball back to the borough, playing in another family-friendly stadium in Coney island. Patrick Biondi was drafted by the Mets, so maybe he'll be playing out there. (The Cyclones and Baby Bombers are in the same division, so it may be possible to see Biondi & O'Neill at the same time.)
|25 weeks 3 hours ago||Preseason is the best time to watch the rookies||
Cheap tix, can move down to the front. This is the first year in a while I'll be going to the Meadowlands, to watch Will Campbell and Denard. And Henne and Harris, of course, though no longer rookies.
|25 weeks 2 days ago||The important question||
is which does D'S Hand prefer? And is it available in Ann Arbor?
|26 weeks 7 hours ago||Thanks for the report||
I'm embarrassed to say that the main thing I remember from last year was being surprised that both Beilein and Berenson had such a great sense of humor. Guess I'd only seen them in press conferences or interview videos, or shots of them coaching. I expected it from Hoke, having seen his hiring interview and the way he handled Drew Sharp. Fortunately there were no snarky questions to put a damper on the all-humor coaching team.
|26 weeks 12 hours ago||Thanks, particularly since I missed the NYC event||
Did anyone go to the NYC event this year? Was curious about the attendance, since they almost (or more than) doubled the price since the last time and wondered if that priced out many who'd otherwise have gone. It was a full house last time, but the admission didn't include lunch; lunch could be ordered off the menu to suit one's budget and appetite.
|26 weeks 1 day ago||He can't get any better prep for moving into coaching||
then being able to watch and learn from the M coaching staff. Have we had a basketball coaching tree like we've had in football? Looks like it can now begin.
|26 weeks 3 days ago||Rutgers Med. School and UMDNJ have a long history||
UMDNJ has five different campuses, and became the overall name for several NJ medical programs that have gradually become associated/incorporated, including Rutgers. The complicated timeline on its website [LINK] first mentions Rutgers in 1962, but by 1986 the two names were official hyphenates, as they re-named themselves yet again:
I think the Cancer Institute must be part of the further restructuring happening this year, continuing the relationships between campuses to foster the kind of collaboration that this Big Ten program will promote.
Whatever the history, a good idea all around.
|26 weeks 3 days ago||I'm sure you're right||
And even in NYC, I believe that the NY Post and NY Daily News cover more regional sports, including high school, than the NY Times and probably would cover Rutgers regularly. In fact, the Times never (or rarely ever) carries high school sports, unless it's a special interest story.
|26 weeks 3 days ago||I edited out my disclaimer||
of this not being a scientifically supported observation. And of course you're right. Didn't mean to sound like I was disagreeing, but probably should have left in the disclaimer so you'd know I wasn't being completely serious.
But I may as well add to my non-scientifically-supported observations that the only media coverage I can remember seeing of Rutgers athletics on the local sports broacasts of the NYC network-affiliated stations is the story of the football player who was paralyzed a year or two ago and this current debacle. (Not that Michigan games are covered on local TV... Hence my becoming addicted to this here Blog. But the alumni football watches are so popular they need three separate official hang-outs.)
|26 weeks 3 days ago||From my personal experience||
walking the streets of NYC, I see far more people in Michigan gear than in Rutgers'. They've already got the NYC market. (Okay, once there was a guy in our elevator with an OSU T-shirt, but he claims no allegiance, only that it was the least expensive t-shirt available. And because he was just going down to the basement to do his laundry, so no public marketing opportunity was involved.)
|27 weeks 3 days ago||Thanks for the info||
They didn't have the full intro in the video, and all that you hear Letterman say is "the nationally ranked" Ball State team. Hence my doubting myself and saying "I think..." Was it the first time they were nationally ranked?
|27 weeks 4 days ago||And Ball State Alum David Letterman||
had this Hoke guy do the Top Ten after he turned Ball State around (I think it was after they won their first conference championship). Nos. 6 and 3 are worth noting.
|27 weeks 4 days ago||My first thought too||
when I saw the title, but unfortunately jumping to the conclusion that another of our young men lost his father too soon. So thanks to the OP for posting a story about someone who was a part of Michigan's legacy but whose name and story are unfamiliar to most of us.
Would be a wonderful postscript to find out that Ben is related, however distantly.
|27 weeks 6 days ago||Whew!||
I was about to take my dog for a walk after that last inning. Good thing I don't have a dog.
|28 weeks 2 days ago||Requisite Baby Bootee Posting||
Congrats in duplicate.
|28 weeks 3 days ago||I don't have anything to add either||
except that a while ago I turned off my e-mail connection telling people I had to go to bed, and leave me alone! And then I (accidentally, of course) saw a picture of Al Borges with Heiko's by-line. And now it's 1:29 a.m.
|28 weeks 5 days ago||Given how long they've played baseball at Michigan||
Excellent point. Thanks.
|28 weeks 5 days ago||19?||
Have they scored that many before? This season or ever? (Non-baseball historian here.)
|28 weeks 5 days ago||I certainly can't bring myself to root for the Yankees||
even though a couple of my best friends are serious fans, but since I didn't pay attention to pro football until I followed Michigan players to their pro teams, I admit to having my Giants (and even Jets) moments. Helps that the #1 Yankee fan's brother had great season tix for the Giants and let me use them to watch Tom Brady in the big [almost]-perfect season game that led to the Gints turning around and winning the Super Bowl.
|28 weeks 5 days ago||Was just teasing. Seriously.||
But didn't know if "/t" would mean anything.
I live in NYC, and except for the Tigers didn't pay attention to pro sports when I was a kid in Michigan. Just found myself reading both this thread and the hockey thread at the same time.
And had just read your post above when the boys had a big inning.
|28 weeks 5 days ago||Apparently they listened to you||
Since they're playing, they don't know you also root for the Hawks. Or they know, and decided to listen to you anyway.
|28 weeks 5 days ago||I am too||
But I'm supposedly working on something and didn't want to admit it. Assuming the regular posters were there in the stands. Great crowd. And it's a win.
|29 weeks 2 days ago||Actually, he was picked up right after the draft||
It was posted here on 4/27, then officially reported a couple days later.
Note that some of the players reported on the list haven't shown up yet on rosters or officially announced by the teams, so they were most likely not UFAs but invited to camp for try-outs. Demens, Kovacs, Mealer, Omameh, Roh and Roundtree are on the official team rosters, which doesn't mean they are guaranteed anything longterm, but they are officially on the team for now and treated as such, unlike try-out players, who aren't even paid (I believe they get room and board for minicamp).
Occasionally they get signed, including one James Rogers (yes, our James Rogers), who was invited into Chiefs camp for a try-out and was signed yesterday. Obviously he showed something in camp. (Quick! Someone tell Brian!)
|29 weeks 3 days ago||Boy, that was fast.||
You just can't keep a record these days.
|29 weeks 4 days ago||More encouraging chatter||
Will gets a positive mention In a NY Daily News article that isn't even about him, but about the two O-linemen who were drafted ahead of him (guys who actually played the position in college and before), who coincidentally played side-by-side in the 2009 U-19 Championship.
Campbell is working on the opposite side of the line, so he's not competing against them but clearly in the mix for depth and the future.
|29 weeks 5 days ago||Ah, so.||
“It is the purpose that makes strong the vow" (Troilus and Cressida act 5, sc. 3)
|29 weeks 5 days ago||From first day of minicamp||
From NJ.com (a/k/a The Star Ledger):
Reading the maize-colored tea-leaves, giving Campbell Brandon Moore's #65 suggests they have hope for their new position convert. For perspective, Moore was an undrafted free agent out of Illinois who bounced from the practice squad to the Scottish Claymores, back to the Jets, and eventually to the Pro Bowl.
|29 weeks 5 days ago||For purely selfish reasons||
I'm glad he's switching to O-line. The Jets play the Jags in preseason, and wouldn't want him to make his mark at the expense of one of his former teammates. (And vice versa.)
|30 weeks 2 days ago||Interview with Aunt of Gina de Jesus||
The main gist of the interview being a request for the media to give the families time and distance. She does say that the three girls ("...women," she corrects herself) all have positive attitudes, and are stronger than she could ever be. She give a pretty good impression of strength and wisdom herself.
|30 weeks 3 days ago||So after figuring out a way to distinguish Caleb from Kaleb||
in the same recruiting class, they're both gone.
Klang, Klang, Klang goes the Bell.
|30 weeks 5 days ago||The latest outrage||
If you go to the MGoBlue.com highlight video of the Men's Gymnastics Team winning the NCAA championship-- this is MGoBlue.com fergodsakes-- they have to begin it with a voiceover saying they weren't allowed to use any footage of the actual championship. So as the announcer tells you of the magnificent successes of the team members, to illustrate it they have to show footage from previous meets or practice! Now could some lawyers explain, if student athletes are not professionals, who is it who is actually forbidding their own school, which pays for their education and training, from showing highlights of their students' competition free of charge on the Athletic Dept.'s website? And what is the legal defense for this prohibition? Doesn't the University at least own its own history?
|30 weeks 5 days ago||If the colors are consistent with grad school||
Here's the Rackham Page. They describe the Business color as "drab." Gold is much more impressive (and, one would hope, appropriate). White listed for Literature, so I'd guess LS&A for undergrads. But where's Denard's tassel? [Someone else can make the joke about a tassel being too much like a shoelace.]
|31 weeks 2 days ago||Unfortunately there's no moderatory phrase for "celebratory"||
But congrats on coming out of the closet.
I'd also like to celebrate my discovery that the Jags are playing the Jets in preseason, so I'll be able get cheap seats on E-bay and show up in a Michigan hat. (Season ticket-holders resent paying full price for pre-season, but we rookie-watchers love cheering on the newbies trying to make an impression. Especially when they're Denard.)
|31 weeks 2 days ago||Don't worry||
On this board, 1% refers to Brock Mealer.
|31 weeks 3 days ago||Arizona, according to CBSSports.com||
Listed as signing today. And the only other Wolverine name I see there so far is Elliott Mealer to the Saints, as posted above, in the Sunday signing list, with former Wolverine Sam McGuffie also on today's list signing with the Raiders.
|31 weeks 4 days ago||Makes sense||
And there's a video interview on the Jags' site where he's smiling a lot more. As was the interviewer. (Is it Eisen? It's taken from somewhere else, perhaps the NFL.com coverage, but it's obviously somebody from Michigan.) When guy-who-may-be Eisen ends the interview with "Go Blue," Denard answers "Go Blue" and then quickly adds "Go Jags!" Guy-who-may-be-Eisen's off-screen sidekick says to his partner, "You Michigan guys are so quick!"
Feeling better about his happiness both from that and the GM's interview quoted above (he's obviously followed DR intently), and feeling better about my happiness because I see the Jags are coming to play the Jets in preseason and I now have a reason to scout E-bay for an affordable ticket.
|31 weeks 4 days ago||Solace from the pundits (and from Ace Sanders)||
Of course one pundit's opinion is worth... Well, I don't know enough about any of them, but since the only two I read ranked Jacksonville's draft (with a new GM) among the top, here's one opinion (Will Brinson, CBSSports.com):
They add the full tweet from Ace Sanders:
We got weapons for days!! I gotta call my boy denard!!! That's like family! Im real excited
|31 weeks 5 days ago||I hope not||
They cut RVB before the season. Kept hoping someone else would pick him up. But best of luck to Roh.
|32 weeks 8 hours ago||Welcome, Young Man||
We too are blessed, in Moe Ways than we can count.
|32 weeks 4 days ago||Sam scored a 16.10 in his high bar routine||
It was absolutely deserving of the incredibly high score. Left us breathless. Spectacularly high-flying and, as far as I could tell, perfectly executed. Syque Caesar came in second in parallel bars behind Mikulak and third in high bar, and he and Rohan Sebastian tied for fourth in floor. In parallel bars, Adrian de los Angeles added another All-American placement to his 2nd in yesterday's all-around (on a sprained ankle), and Dylan James got his first All-American placement, in pommel horse. As for history: here's the summary from MGoBlue.com:
Sam's a junior, but he'll definitely be back next year. Today I sat with the group of maize T-shirts, correctly guessing they were family and friends of the team. Turns out the lady I asked was Sam's mother, a former gymnast herself and a truly lovely lady, and the family invited us to sit with them. Nice to be able to celebrate his highest ever high-bar score with his Mom. You can't imagine how incredible it is to see this level of gymnastics live.
For those of you who haven't, next year the tourney is in Ann Arbor. Everybody should be back but Rohan Sebastian. It's more than worth the [very reasonable] price of the ticket.
|32 weeks 4 days ago||And I was there||
My first, and probably only, National Championship of any kind. Penn State was ranked #1 all year, and this was in their house (and my tickets were in the midst of their huge and enthusiastic crowd). And Oklahoma, ranked #2, was the only other team Michigan had lost to. But Michigan was finally (supposedly) healthy and at full strength just in time for the Big Tens, and it showed. As for being happy Mikulak was finally healthy, when he was presented the All-Around trophy and after the runners-up (including #2 Adrian de los Angeles) had been given theirs, the announcer again congratulated Sam for his victory, and I do believe he added "...who performed tonight with a sprained ankle!" And Sam smiled.
EDIT: Went to the event finals today and was talking to a woman who turned out to be Sam's mother if the announcer's statement about Sam having a sprained ankle was correct. No, it was Adrian de los Angeles. We'd noticed Adrian limping a bit after his vault but forgot about it, and he still managed to come in second in the all-around.
|33 weeks 1 day ago||And to bring this thread even less OT,||
Lawrence Kasdan wrote, directed and produced "The Big Chill" - about a reunion of college friends who in one memorable scene are watching a Michigan football game on TV.
|33 weeks 4 days ago||I'd like to think this wasn't a coincidence||
Being the wise young man that he is, Drake suspected we could use some good news to assuage the expected pain.
|33 weeks 5 days ago||They mentioned Kaleb Ringer||
on the audio. I thought he was still injured. Was he really out there?
|34 weeks 1 day ago||Another greyshirt rules question||
A greyshirt can't participate in football activities in his greyshirt year, but is there any reason he can't go out for wrestling that year and participate in training with them?
|34 weeks 1 day ago||And they're probably not alone||
Not to diminish the effect of our incredible fan base, but it's quite likely that the ratings spike was also influenced by the general fandom having now seen these guys play and realizing how much fun they are to watch.
|34 weeks 2 days ago||I was afraid to click in today||
But this is the home to turn to. Thanks, Brian. Felt surprisingly good this morning, but even better to know I'm not alone. This is going down as one of the great championship games in NCAA history, according to commentators with no allegiance to either team. And for those of us who love this team, we can only love them more. These are little (or not so little) kids out there. Some under-recruited, some walk-ons, some privileged with NBA genes, but not a diva in the bunch. Cheering and supporting each other, passionate and driven and not afraid to work or dare. And a coaching staff to respect and admire. This Michigan place is a damn lucky U.
Okay, I'll shut up now.
|34 weeks 4 days ago||Normally wouldn't say anything,||
but in your title you might want to add the second "M" in "scrimmage." The folks that read this blog like to see as many Ms as possible.
EDIT: And compulsive over-writer means my comment is now redundant.
|34 weeks 5 days ago||Highlights now posted on MGoBlue.com||
|34 weeks 6 days ago||Fortunately it's also an opera||
So we can discuss it like civilized folks.
|34 weeks 6 days ago||I knew it was a good sign||
when I updated the page and got Page Not Found.
|34 weeks 6 days ago||Besides being a wonderfully written piece||
and insight into the guy with the perpetual smile (at least what we've always assumed from what we see on these pages), you've given us a greater understanding of an illness that is one of many that have been misunderstood, misrepresented or simply dismissed, attributed to stress or neurosis or simple malingering, before science caught up and recognized that the sufferers were really suffering. Whether they have the cure [yet], that simple recognition can be medicinal in itself, knowing that you're not insane or lazy or a weakling or narcissist or whatever names are thrown out. I've had a couple of those "weirdnesses" myself, not nearly as serious or debilitating, but just learning there was an actual cause was freeing, after years of keeping things to myself. And in those cases, once I learned the cause, I could handle the symptoms.
From what you're saying, science is catching up with yours-- a good sign that they've given it a real name that doesn't imply simple laziness. I remember early on there was speculation that the illness formerly known as CFS may have been caused by the virus that causes mono (another illness I didn't respect until I had it). Is that still being considered, or has that been eliminated as a possible cause?
EDIT: Thanks to milkman for the science update.
|35 weeks 3 hours ago||I was with you||
until the bit about saying goodbye to Denard. But I suppose I could skip that part...
|35 weeks 1 day ago||Ah, that explains it.||
The cities have to VIE for inclusion. Truly intelligent cities wouldn't care.
|35 weeks 5 days ago||Go Badger!||
As long as Michigan has no one in the back final, nice to see a Wisconsin swimmer have their first NCAA win since, what, 1959?!?! Is that really what they said?
|35 weeks 5 days ago||The final 1650 heat will be tonight||
The earlier heats just ended, with the only Michigan swimmer participating, freshman Anders Nielsen, coming in 5th out of 28 (and bettering his time). Michigan has three swimmers in the final 8 tonight (those with highest qualifying times), so if the times hold, we should do pretty well. A Georgia swimmer in Nielsen's heat swam much faster than his qualifying time, so even if he and one or two others have times good enough to move into the top 8, Nielsen's time would be good enough for the top 16 (getting points) and the Cal swimmer most likely wouldn't.
|35 weeks 5 days ago||Seniors Hugging||
|35 weeks 5 days ago||Cal didn't make the A final in the relay||
And Michigan is first seed.
|35 weeks 5 days ago||Johnson's post-game comments||
Sports Illustrated: LINK
|35 weeks 5 days ago||SI's Glockner concludes "Law of Averages"||
But doesn't skip discussion about karma. A smile-inducing read: LINK
to... Well, you know the ending.
|35 weeks 6 days ago||I knew I could depend on you!!!!||
This is the part I missed when my TBS stream ended with a graphic saying I had used up my free hours, without having warned me such a thing existed. [I posted this elsewhere to wallow in my self-pity. I posted it here to thank you.]
|35 weeks 6 days ago||The streamed prelim coverage||
was far superior to the ESPN3 coverage later. ESPN didn't seem to be aware, or care, that some viewers might be interested in who finished third (or 4th-8th). [I suspected Michigan came in third in at least one event, I think two, but didn't know for sure until they put them on the boxes for their awards.] The streamed coverage is obviously meant for people who care about swimming, with graphics and audio so you know what's going on. [The prelim stream was archived, so I could watch most of them before the finals.]
|35 weeks 6 days ago||You're certainly luckier than I was...||
Watching on the stream, and just as it looked like Michigan might have a chance to pull it close at the end, it stops and a notification appears that I've used up my "free four hours." Didn't know I only had four hours. And then a friend texts me that we're in OT. So you must have gotten the part of the game I missed.
This is a true story.
|36 weeks 5 days ago||Union Square from Time Square - Quick & Easy Subway Trip||
Alumni watch places for both basketball and hockey are near Union Square, but Brother Jimmy's BBQ is closer to the subway, which on the yellow line (R,N & Q) is only two stops from Time Square on the express (they change tracks on the weekend, so whichever is on the express track) and only 2 more stops on the local. Take whichever train comes first. Get out on the uptown end of the train to the 16th St. exit, quick walk through Union Square Park and it's only half a block further East on 16th St. Prof. Thom's is nearby, but a longer walk if you're in a hurry.
2012/2013 U-M NYC OFFICIAL BASKETBALL & HOCKEY WATCH LOCATIONS
Otherwise, most bars near wherever you are will have tourney basketball and you can probably request a TV if the game isn't showing. Hockey I'm not so sure. Too many teams playing basketball.
EDIT: Just noticed you gave your location. From 49th & 6th, walk one block West to 49th St. & 7th Ave. and take the yellow trains downtown to Union Square. (MTA Trip Planner estimates 16 mins. at that time.) There's also another subway line w/ an entrance probably right below your building, but it requires a transfer which would add time: taking the orange trains (F, B or D) to 34th St. and a change to the yellow trains.
|37 weeks 4 days ago||Good to know that NFL Scouts were "shocked"||
that Big Will wasn't invited to the combine. So who is it who makes the determination, if not the teams and/or their scouts? [Genuine question for those who know.] And good to know that Will more than confirmed the opinions of those shocked at his combine absence.
[Nice choice of Dilithium photo as the article's illustration.]
|38 weeks 2 days ago||Not the cover picture, but the picture on the announcement page||
is a classic:
[EDIT: using more unnecessary words
to see if moving the picture down will
cancel the slimming effect.]
[Nope. For full un-squished picture that does him justice, use the link in the OP.]
|38 weeks 4 days ago||Another Michigan alum, Andy Kurtzman||
was a writer on SNL in the mid-80s. (He also was one of the writers of See No Evil, Hear No Evil, a film starring Richard Pryor and Gene Wilder, who was married to Gilda Radner, one of the original SNL cast.)
|38 weeks 5 days ago||Their parents will be so proud.||
Love the shot with the policeman.
|38 weeks 5 days ago||I guess the race is too long for a video...||
Would love cheering them on after the fact. At least the ladies can cheer each other on.
(And I'm pissed that there's no stream of tonight's Men's Gymnastics. For those closer to home, #2 Michigan is hosting #3 Oklahoma tonight at Cliff Keen Arena. )
|39 weeks 12 hours ago||Iowa's Writers Workshop is legendary||
Kind of like the Michigan football program. If it wasn't the very first MFA in writing, it was one of the first. Michigan's MFA program is relatively new, so if it's #2 to Iowa in such a short time, and even before this donation, that's pretty impressive.
|39 weeks 15 hours ago||I don't think that comment was just referring to legacies||
although it includes some. More an observation that coaches and former players, wherever they played/coached, respect the Michigan program enough to send their kids there.
|39 weeks 1 day ago||How could a recruit not want to train with this guy?||
What a terrific young man. (Yes, I join the smile-watching-the-video brigade. My cheeks are still a-blush with smile.)
|39 weeks 2 days ago||Things we didn't know about Beilein||
I know the commentators think we don't know he's never been an assistant coach, but
I didn't know that. I really didn't know that.
|39 weeks 2 days ago||Are Cooper and Lily your kids?||
Your desire for privacy will be fully and responsibly respected, if you choose not to answer. [See how mature we are here?]
Whatever they're named (and I do like Cooper and Lily), they will thank you for your transfer of focus. Kids take a lot of attention, but they're a lot more fun than many of us, even when they're snarky or obnoxious.
|39 weeks 2 days ago||I'm even later to the party||
But that's because I thought he was already a mod.
|39 weeks 2 days ago||Love the call for Hoke's "accountant"||
Kovacs CPA to the rescue.