this week in unintentionally grim-sounding recruiting headlines
|1 week 1 day ago||2005 Home Run Derby||
Was working at Palio the summer that the MLB All-Star Game was in Detroit and a buddy came up with an extra ticket to the derby about 2 hours before my shift was supposed to start. I liked my job but going to the Derby was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. I went in and told my manager that I was very sorry, that I understood if he wanted to fire me and that I was okay with him firing me, but I hoped that he wouldn't because IT'S THE DERBY and I didn't really have a choice.
End of story, I went, saw Bobby Abreu set the then-record for HRs hit in a round and caught a David Ortiz-hit ball. I also did not get fired (but worked double-shifts the next two weekends, which helped pay for the ticket).
Most spontaneous M-related thing was parlaying a hot night at the blackjack table into a next-day flight to Dallas, weekend hotel and ticket to the M-Alabama game in 2012. It was awesome unitl Alabama got the ball the second time...
|14 weeks 6 days ago||LeBron vs. Basically Oklahoma||
There was a holiday tournament in Columbus in December 2002 when LeBron was a senior at Akron SVSM and Columbus Brookhaven had Drew Lavender (first at Oklahoma, then took Xavier for a run in the NCAA tourney) and Brandon Foust (went to Oklahoma, as well). Unreal game - LeBron has a chance to win at the end but is stripped by 5'7" Drew Lavender, who was murdered at the other end, setting up 2 FTs with 2 seconds to go to beat (and outscore) LeBron. Lavender, a 90% FT shooter, misses both and the game goes to OT, in which SVSM prevails.
Definitely the best H.S. teams I've ever seen and one of the craziest games of any level I've ever watched live.
There's youtube footage of the entire thing, but this clip has the finish if you go to the 6:10 mark, which starts with Foust tying the game. If someone wants to imbed, that's great - I don't want to clog the thread.
|19 weeks 19 hours ago||Very possible, though it was||
Very possible, though it was addressed to Coach Hoke. I could see it going to the football office, but someone had to hand it from there to the development department. I was pretty disappointed at the begging for money.
And yes, the Bacon book will be riveting, I'm sure. Three & Out was just depressing - I'm sure the tone of the new one will be a bit more optimistic given the post-Brandon developments.
|19 weeks 22 hours ago||Hoke Wedding Invite / Donation Request||
I got married this past fall (bye week, don't worry) and invited Hoke and his wife, making a personal appeal in case they'd be out on the east coast recruiting. They, of course, declined (didn't even sign the reply card, much less send a picture or anything), but we got a smarmy note in return from the athletic development department observing "how much Michigan athletics mean to [us]" and asking for a donation. Dave Brandon, everyone.
An aside - we chose our venue the year before we got married and went to do a tour on Michigan's bye week that year (Fall 2013). To my absolute delight, the couple getting married at that space the evening we toured was another Michigan couple... who chose to get married on a Michigan bye week. If you're reading this and got married at the Bryant Park Grill in NYC in October 2013, congratulations and salute!
|46 weeks 2 days ago||About the "Update"||
Back when the abuse story first broke and the NFL announced its punishment, Peter King, a senior SI writer, did a story on the investigation. Deadspin already went into detail on it, so I'll link to them, but essentially Peter King reported that the NFL viewed unreleased "inside the elevator" footage in the course of its investigation.
After watching that video, it's tough to think that there is any other "inside the elevator" video that (i) would be available and (ii) would not show what this video shows.
Either Peter King's reporting was wrong, or we're not getting the entire truth from the NFL. Not sure which, but as badly as the NFL looks right now, I wouldn't be surprised if they're trying to save face.
|1 year 1 week ago||Neg away, but...||
Isn't this actually a great idea for local families that shelled out for season tickets? Assuming that it's free*?
I'm not married and I don't have kids, but I still remember my first trip to Ann Arbor back in the days where they left the stadium open all the time and you could just go down on the field and throw a football, kick field goals and re-enact Desmond's "Hello Heisman" pose. It was the coolest thing a 9 year-old Michigan fan could do. It's a hell of a lot better than a stupid mascot or something like that. We'll see what they show (if they showed "The Sandlot" or "Remeber the Titains" or something like that, not terrible?), but I think this has the potential to be a decent new tradition. And who knows, maybe some of the players show up and it's a big "family" thing. The kids will not be talking about the scoreboards or a stupid t-shirt giveaway or any of that stuff, they'll be talking about how cool it was to sit on the field where their heroes play. That's the "wholesome" stuff that I can get behind as a way to grow ties to the program.
Being in the Big House stands with 115,000 screaming fans is incredible. Being on the field at the Big House with 000,000 people in the stands is a different, but equally cool experience.
*with this AD, this is not a 100% safe assumption.
|1 year 7 weeks ago||Natal?||
Any Natal-specific recommendations? We've all obviously heard that Rio can be very dangerous - is it the same with other smaller cities in the North like Natal and Recife? Any "must dos" in Natal (I've heard dune buggies are a thing). Really appreciate the insight you already shared.
|1 year 7 weeks ago||Agreed||
No offense, but unless Germany and Portugal both falter, I hope you only see two matches :-). That said, I've never been to a World Cup and I cannot wait to experience all the pageantry and excitement that goes with it. You're going to see some pretty great cities, too - will be quite the adventure.
|1 year 7 weeks ago||10 days in Brazil||
Yes! I'll be going to the US-Ghana match in Natal (I have extra tickets that I'm selling for face value + shipping if anyone needs them or knows someone who needs them) and then heading back to Rio for Spain-Chile and Russia-Belgium. Should be awesome.
I was pleased at how good we looked against Nigeria, so hoping for good things. Where are you staying?
|1 year 46 weeks ago||27-21||
Michigan wins 27-21.
|2 years 5 weeks ago||The Ballpark Tour||
I actually finished my 30th park on opening day this year - lots of great memories not just of the games/stadiums, but of the cities you'll visit, as well. I did the East Coast driving tour with my father in 2006 and can share some insight, if you'd like. Definitely helps to have more than one driver, as the nights can get unexpectedly long on I-95 if there's traffic (and there always is).
|2 years 10 weeks ago||16-5 in Top of 8th||
Crazy stat they just announced on BTN - Michigan scored 14 runs without an extra base hit until a 2-run double in the top of 8. Barry Larkin will be proud.
|2 years 10 weeks ago||Alumni Section||
Amex presale starts tomorrow at 10am, as well.
Anyone know whether the Alumni Association has a section? If so, please let the board know where it is. Really looking forward to this as last year was a blast.
|2 years 18 weeks ago||Need to Hit Open 3s||
This is painfully obvious, but GRIII/Stauskas will likely have a LOT of open 3-point attempts if we break the press and get the resulting 2 offensive players with 1 defender who tries to keep from getting dunked on. If we can hit a few of these early, it might take them out of their gameplan.
|2 years 18 weeks ago||New York Teams||
I submit to you, the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. They don't even know where they're from!
But seriously, the New York Jets/Giants don't even play in the state of New York. It's probably about the same time in transit at "Detroit" but the different state is funny. The Tampa Bay Rays play in St. Petersburg (in a crap hole, I might add), but that's a bit closer to TB.
|2 years 19 weeks ago||Glad to be Gone||
I was born and raised in Worthington, Ohio (Columbus suburb) and went to Michigan. Growing up there was great - schools good enough to get into UM out of state, safe community, good youth sports scene, plenty of activity - but after Michigan became a huge part of my life, it felt less and less like home. My allegiance to Michigan is extremely important to me and I felt like it was difficult to "be myself" and feel comfortable when I was at home for breaks. Sure, good-natured ribbing from my family doctor (OSU M.D.) and certain neighbors (most of whom were graduates) was exactly that - good-natured. The people that went to OSU (and were over 35 or had families) seemed to be proud of their school, respect the rivalry and go on about their business.
The problem is that, as Bob Ufer so eloquently said, Columbus is filled with OSU fans who just care about the sports, or worse, just football (Ufer: "10,000 alumni and 72,000 truck drivers"). These people honestly made it tough to go "home" to visit family during breaks. Going for a run in Michigan shorts would be met with yells from passing cars (once, I was even passed, and then someone turned around to throw a BP cup of soda at me). Going to Kroger in a jersey on game day would be met with taunts ranging from a playful "Go Bucks" to "Go back to Michigan" to "You suck" to "Fuck Michigan" to "Fuck you." The gas station attendant story above doesn't surprise me.
Not everyone respects the rivalry, which makes it much more difficult for those of us (including the OSU fans who, I'm sure, hate to be lumped in with the "truck drivers") who DO respect the rivalry. As much as I enjoyed my hometown, I would never move back there and being a Michigan alum is the only reason why. I don't want to feel unwelcome in my own home city.
This is not to say that you shouldn't move to Columbus because many OSU fans are deplorable. Just making sure you have another perspective and know what you're getting yourself into. I turned out okay and love Michigan having gone through all of that, but I also wouldn't choose to do it again.
Best of luck and congrats on the opportunity.
|2 years 27 weeks ago||What about||
the "Friday Frame." It's usually a one-frame drawing but it's now a fully-baked version. Also announcing "Stay tuned for The Friday Frame" sounds pretty good...
|2 years 28 weeks ago||YES!!||
UPTON! MUPPETS! MUPTON!
Bring 'em on!
|2 years 31 weeks ago||They should get a brain.||
|2 years 36 weeks ago||Fantastic Analysis||
This three-part series has been awesome to read. I understand that three consecutive plays in a game rarely have such an impact on the outcome, but if they do in the future, I'd love to see these "sequence" picture pages return.
|2 years 36 weeks ago||Mattison on Denard||
Leading up to his final home game, I'm sure we'll see hundreds of words written about Denard, his impact on the Michigan program these past four years and the type of person we all perceive him to be. But Greg Mattison summed it up perfectly:
"You want everything possibly good that could ever happen for him to happen."
|2 years 41 weeks ago||55-17 Good guys||
Let's do this.
|2 years 49 weeks ago||Video Edit||
I guess they edited this part out:
Doug: Jeremy, this is an interview, you don't have to pay me. This is $800.
Gallon: Soooo what, man? You earned that buck like a mothaf***er. Keep that s**t.
Gallon = Snoop Pearson still gets me every time I see Jeremy without a helmet.
|3 years 1 day ago||RUBAS||
I'm hoping hoping hoping that Johnny from RUBAS will write something "eulogizing" Denard's career. I'm sure Brian's tribute will be great, but Johnny's work during the 2005-07 seasons (specifically his handling of Mike Hart) was some of the best-written, most touching Michigan-related work I've ever read. If there is a bat signal for him, Brian, would you mind checking the light to make sure it works when we need him?
For the newbies, check him out here: http://umichedme.blogspot.com/
There's some Denard stuff on there now, but it's not enough - if there's one guy I want to capture and regurgitate Denard's career, it's Johnny.
|3 years 1 day ago||I don't know you, but I'll||
I don't know you, but I'll probably see you on the plane for the same reason.
|3 years 1 day ago||Couldn't agree more.||
I picked up a slug of tickets this morning for Iowa just so I could be there with some friends for Denard's senior day. That will really not be one to miss. He's an incredible ambassador of the program. His senior year reminds me of Red's speech in Shawshank Redemption after (spoiler alert) Andy escapes. "Some birds aren't meant to be caged; their feathers are just too bright... but still, the place you live in is that much more drab and empty that they're gone."
There will be others, but I don't think there will be another Denard.
|3 years 1 week ago||It's Crazy Zewski.||
It's Crazy Zewski.
|3 years 7 weeks ago||Excuse me, sir:||
I have Notre Dame fans on line two. They'd like a word...
|3 years 8 weeks ago||Senior Day||
The only problem about handing out legends patches against Ohio (or Iowa this year) is that, as the final home game of the season, it's Senior Day. It seems like Coach Hoke really makes Senior Day a big deal, so I don't know that he'd want to have another ceremony potentially upstage Senior Day. Mid-season ND or MSU seem like the right time to me, or potentially during the home game of the Pac-12 home-and-home series we are about to begin.
|3 years 10 weeks ago||Sauer||
How fantastic must Sauer have felt after getting run over, looking back and seeing JMFJ beating the living shit out of that dude? Talk about having your goalie's back. I don't tire of watching that clip.
|3 years 10 weeks ago||Laugh, but who else?||
Sure, Brady had an unreal NFL career, but he wasn't as great a Wolverine. Re-read Brian's "Lionized" article that he links in the post above.
Not only is Hart as the greatest all-around Wolverine since Chuck Heisman a serious argument, it's a winning one...
|3 years 10 weeks ago||Hart absolutely has to be in.||
Mike Hart was the only thing standing between the 2007 team and it becoming the 2008 team. When asked if he regretted coming back to M, he said, "No way. This is my team. When we're losing, it's my team, and when we start winning again, it will be my team."
No hyperbole, Hart is the greatest all-around Wolverine - talent, production, leadership, fantangables - since Charles Woodson. He's the all-time leading rusher and he doesn't make the top 3? No way. All others on this list are deserving, and will eventually make it in all likelihood, but Mike Hart earned inclusion in the inagural class.
|3 years 10 weeks ago||Jake Long Fantangible||
When Ryan Mallett was a frosh subbing for an injured Henne in 2007 against Penn State, he went into celebration after a TD and Jake said, "Man, just hand the ball to the ref."
Mallett replied, "Sorry, Jake, don't hurt me."
That's all I need...
|3 years 11 weeks ago||Re: Scarbrough||
Ace, you'll be shocked, like, LEMON BET shocked?
I just miss recruiting prognostication without citrus-consuming consequences...
|3 years 13 weeks ago||Venom.||
Nothing like some ice cold venom to get the week going. Can't say I disagree, though. It'll enhance the "brand" to be playing in such a marquee game, but the game would probably be just as notable on the national landscape if it was played in Tuscaloosa or Ann Arbor. It seems like the Jerryworld location and "Opening Day" nature of the game is the only "value add" that might be worth taking a haircut on. Difficult to quantify such value, but it does seem like we are getting screwed...
|3 years 14 weeks ago||Huge Props for Calvin & Hobbes||
+1 for the C&H post.
|3 years 14 weeks ago||No Official, Then?||
I know he and Mathis were planning on taking a joint official during the fall. I'm assuming this means that this is no longer happening. Any insiders know if he's giving Michigan another unofficial before 6/6?
|3 years 14 weeks ago||Thanks!||
Really appreciate the heads up on this. Very cool that our University is providing such a useful free service; selfishly I've been out of school a few years and miss the mental stimulation that comes with learning something new that isn't directly related to work. I will definitely be taking a course - thanks again!
|3 years 15 weeks ago||Kickers||
I'm sure this section was tongue-in-cheek, but I think it will be interesting to see whether Will Hagerup is able to hold onto the punting job this spring/fall. In addition to his part-time residence in the Animal Sciences dormatories for last year, he was underwhelming (despite having a leg cannon and drawing comparisons to Zoltan) and was actually lifted for Wile. Just an addition to the "That is all." That is all.
|3 years 15 weeks ago||If someone told me...||
...that I had a 1% chance of ever walking again, I'd say this technique has plenty of practical use. This could just be the first proverbial step in his recovery.
|3 years 17 weeks ago||Shawn - take some advice from Carl Weathers:||
Don't touch your per diem. Go to Craft Service, get some raw veggies, bacon, a Cup-A-Soup, baby you got a stew goin'!!
|3 years 18 weeks ago||Nebraska...||
Wow, they are crazy. No wonder their fans are so pissed when they lose at home.
|3 years 26 weeks ago||Rivals has an update on last night's visit||
And it appears from @RivalsMike's twitter feed that Urban wasn't, in fact, late. I don't have a subscription but FWIW we may have jumped a bit on the "bad visit" meme.
|3 years 26 weeks ago||Winning First Head-to-Head||
If this Reeves report is true, winning the first high-profile recruiting battle against U. Meyer would be huge. Not only would we bet a quality player and human, but it would seriously slow down the recruiting machine down there. Very excited to see how this turns out. Just hope Mattison isn't delayed tomorrow...
|3 years 27 weeks ago||Unprecedented Situation||
Other than Lee Harvey Oswald, I can't think of anyone whose "side of the story" I would like to hear more. With all the good he did, and all the evil he's accused of disregarding, it would be really nice to get some more information. Hoping he recovers...
|3 years 27 weeks ago||3. [Something]||
|3 years 33 weeks ago||Orange Bowl||
FedEx changed the logo a couple years ago. This one works better than the original, I think.
|3 years 39 weeks ago||Lawyer here||
I'm a lawyer and I've done the Form 1023 for a number of clients and would be happy to talk to you about the process. Let me know how to contact you.
|3 years 41 weeks ago||HOWEVA||
Appreciate the return of the "posts in which I say HOWEVA" tag.
|3 years 41 weeks ago||Correct me if I'm wrong, and I'm not,||
but didn't Denard rush for 117 yards and 2 TDs? How is that shutting him down on the ground, as the end of the "Running Back Performance" quote's first paragraph suggests. I am more than happy with Denard being "held" to "just" 117 and 2.
|3 years 42 weeks ago||And I thought...||
that with TomVH gone it was safe to unbuckle.
Buckle-Up Meter: Daytime sleet with Grandpa driving.
|3 years 42 weeks ago||BTN2Go||
The football game is on BTN, so if you have the BTN2Go app for your mobile device, you can watch the football game from Yost. I'd recommend that - can't leave hockey out to dry.
|3 years 42 weeks ago||Hold me, TomVH...||
Hold me, TomVH...
|3 years 44 weeks ago||Finally!||
The "posts in which I say HOWEVA" tag is back!
|3 years 44 weeks ago||Not the Big House||
I'm still trying to figure out what generic football stadium this is... definitely not Michigan Stadium.
|3 years 44 weeks ago||Suggestion For Changes...||
...should not include the name of this feature. Fee Fi Foe Film is incredible.
|3 years 44 weeks ago||The Mealer Family||
I'd like to know a bit more about this circumstance and how RR handled it. It obviously turned into a pretty cool story for the University and the football program, but if RR was being undermined, was RR and his staff's work with Brock undermined, as well?
Another question that I think is legitimate - did RR or anyone else in the athletic department read MGoBlog? If so, did any of the site's content affect things inside Fort Schembechler?
This is a cool opportunity. Thanks.
|3 years 45 weeks ago||I've been wondering the same thing||
And I would gladly order a pair if you get Adidas to start selling them.
|3 years 47 weeks ago||Betting||
Do bets pay out on this or is it "no action" - anyone have money in Vegas and know what they did? Academic purposes only, I assure you...
|3 years 47 weeks ago||This is why blogs will not go away:||
That after dropping all of the knowledge this site has over the previous week - be it good, bad, terrified, optimistic - the proprietor can drop a "Go Blue" at the end and turn himself from detail-oriented, cold-hearted analyst to eight year-old, wide-eyed Michigan fan with a dream of Pasadena.
Go Blue, indeed.
|3 years 47 weeks ago||I agree.||
Best case scenario means simply that: best case. Best case has to be 14-0. Maybe the prediction should change to "Overachieving Result" and "Underachieving Result" - worst case scenarios didn't include losses to App State and Toledo; those were certainly worst case scenarios. I also don't think that 9-3 is all that "best case" let's say we lose to ND (understandable - they could make a big jump) and Nebraska (understandable). We've been saying MSU is overrated and we've shot ourselves in the foot against Iowa the past two years... I don't see why "Overachieving Result" isn't 10-2.
|3 years 47 weeks ago||720||
There will be HenneHart combined offensive yards tomorrow.
Or GardnerShaw. Whichever you prefer.
|3 years 47 weeks ago||Not that I don't think the ads are great...||
But it got dusty yesterday: http://mgoblog.com/mgoboard/michigan-difference-new-ads
|3 years 47 weeks ago||Tags||
Great content, but it's missing one of my favorite mgoblog tags, "Post in which I say HOWEVA" as necessitated by paragraph 2. It's a great tag and I'm sure it would be happy to be dusted off...
|3 years 47 weeks ago||Miso Soup||
Take a lesson from Dave Brandon - expand your personal brand. Plus, you know, the "Soup" thing is a popular moniker for editorial riffing...
|3 years 49 weeks ago||To reprise a nickname of a former big Miami game:||
Ohio-Miami: Convicts vs. Convicts
|3 years 49 weeks ago||In additon...||
Neither Ed Martin, nor the NCAA, made Michigan hire Brian Ellerbe... Just because a program receives sanctions doesn't mean it has to implode. Look at Alabama, which has lost scholarships and had wins vacated twice in the last 10-15 years and still has won a couple SEC titles and a National Championship.
If you want to blame someone for why Michigan bball took so long to recover, blame Bill Martin, not Ed.
|3 years 49 weeks ago||Heaven||
The perfect fall day
Is "wake, drink, Go Blue!, win, nap"
Nineteen days away
|4 years 2 weeks ago||One Holding Penalty, One Sack||
One holding penalty was his redshirt frosh year. He hadn't given up a sack until Gholston. He also had that false start against NW. You might be confusing the sack by Gholston with a holding penalty.
|4 years 17 weeks ago||Angry Michigan [Blank]-Hating God||
Will his commentary include discussion of the above-referenced deity? Coach Carr did pretty well with this mystical creature, except the entity with a penchant for Safeties.
Glad to see he's still involved around Ann Arbor, though.
|4 years 20 weeks ago||No.||
That had not occurred to us, Dude.
Seriously? Come on.
|4 years 20 weeks ago||The Title of This Post||
Sounds like an emo-pop-punk band from the late 90s or early 2000s. I think they had a hit called "My Win Column's Full (but my pockets are empty)" or something.
|4 years 21 weeks ago||Love the Bart Scott, but...||
You're letting your 11-year-old daughter read Mitch Albom's "Fab Five"??
Be prepared for her to say, "Daddy, what does 'Let Your Nuts Hang' mean?"
|4 years 21 weeks ago||This isn't the PWR.||
In the hockey rankings, a win over a top opponent is only that, one win. Thus, when looking at the PSU-UM comparison, UM looks better. But when you get in to basketball, it's not that simple. The selection committee looks at "signature wins" which Michigan lacks (death to backboards) and beating OSU - currently ranked #1 - would be just that for PSU. Signature wins aren't all that matter, but when you're comparing teams, a squad with a signature win - especially this late in the season - looks better than a team with two additional wins over RPI Top 50 teams.
|4 years 22 weeks ago||Bonus Possible Sketch Alert||
I thought this section was going to refer to coverage of 12- and 13-year-old hockey players, which would have been in line with the MGoCreeperVan meme...
|4 years 22 weeks ago||Not another Jake||
Jake Long gave up one sack and had two holding penalties in his entire college career. I'm as excited about Lewan as the next guy, but let's not compare him to Long just because Long is a recent wearer of #77. He's an all-time great.
|4 years 26 weeks ago||It's even better when he says,||
"Charles Woodson. You know the school."
It's a lot better than "Lloyd Carr's University of Michigan."
|4 years 26 weeks ago||If Chuck wins a Super Bowl...||
Has any player ever won a heisman, national title, and a super bowl in one career as a player? Hell, throw in the super bowl MVP and that's gotta be unmatched, right?
|4 years 28 weeks ago||I agree, but...||
with one caveat. If you read the NYT story, it said that despite maybe the top 10% of a law school class getting a "big law" job, most people who go to law school think they will be in the top 10%. It's not that easy. Everyone in law school is competitive and it's not just as easy as saying, "Well, I think I want to be in the Top 10%." It's a real sacrifice and, as the math dictates, 90% of people wont make it... That's just FWIW.
Best of luck, though. Things will pick up soon.
|4 years 28 weeks ago||Networking Advice||
People say to network but rarely tell you how. Here's how:
If you have access to Martindale-Hubble, which you should if you're in law school, you can do searches of attorneys by undergrad education, law school education, practice area, and city of employment. Make a list of 5-10 cities, then search for Michigan undergrad/law degree-holders in those cities in the practice areas you want.
Once you have that list, send emails to them asking for an "informational interview" asking them how they got to where they are, how they conducted their job search, and informing that you're asking because you feel like you have something in common with them (Michigan interest, desire to work in their city, interest in their practice area). That will start to build your network. After the informational interview, ask if they'd be willing to give you comments/notes on your resume. Most will accept and then you've passed your resume along. If there's something worthwhile on it, you may get unsolicited (yet, in a way, solicited) offers to pass it on. If you don't get these, thank the person very much for his or her time (via hand-written thank you note), and ask them to keep you in mind if they hear of anything. Then follow-up in a month or two to update on your search progress.
Law school is insanely expensive but, in the long run, pays off. Just understand that it's a decade or two post-graduation that you get the payoff. The odds are (read: 95%) you're not going to impress anyone as a baller lawyer when you're 30. Maybe when you're 50, but at that point, you (rightly) wont care.
|4 years 30 weeks ago||Presidential Ticket circa 1976||
Lehman/Stanzi is great and all... but in a "Matchup of the Century" Presidential Election, wouldn't you take Ford/Harmon over... well... anyone?
|4 years 30 weeks ago||EDIT: Presidential Ticket circa 1976||
(damned m-vowel-n name endings)
|4 years 34 weeks ago||Randy Shannon||
Per the main page, Randy Shannon would probably be a relatively inexpensive option. He's got to have some money coming his way from the termination of his contract at the U, plus he's not going to be super-competitive for more lucrative positions. He might be right in our wheelhouse.
|4 years 47 weeks ago||Tight End||
Isn't a 4 at TE is a bit overzealous and highly speculative? A low sample-size is still a sample size, especially when that sample size is expanded to include a drop-laden fall scrimmage. I've always been a fan of Koger's, but I've also been frustrated a number of times like I was Braylon's junior year. Apt comparison, by the way.
Of course I'm rooting for him, but it seems like a 3 is a better number due to the question marks...
|4 years 47 weeks ago||Dare I Say...||
It appears we have a stable of running backs at our disposal who have some game experience. And I love horses.
|4 years 47 weeks ago||Dropping Pitchfork, Picking Back Up In 2012||
Okay, so can we agree that they did a pretty great job with what they had to work with? I'm pleased.
However, the idea that "we'll see what happens after 2012" regarding the final regular season games scares me. I feel like Delaney is giving himself wiggle-room...
But at the end of the day, it's nighttime. And we should be very happy.
|4 years 47 weeks ago||How It Could Work||
Okay, we all understand that with the addition of Nebraska, something has to change. If the schedule comes out such that all divisional games will be completed before the last week of the season, the last week can stay as a "rivaly week" - an interdivision slate. That means M-OSU, PSU-Nebraska (the "Newbie Bowl"), Wisconsin-Minnesota, Iowa-Illinois (?), Purdue-MSU, and Indiana-Northwestern (The Journalism Bowl?).
Understanding that something has to give, that's a fair compromise. The "rivalry week" games will not interfere with the divisional standings, leaving the excitement of the final divisional games to the second-to-last week of the season. Further, teams who are out of contention will still have the traditional incentive to win their last games - to beat a rival or knock their opponent out of the National Title picture.
Michigan and OSU wont be able to keep eachother from the title game, but they will be able to affect National Title aspirations (as it's been in the last few years, anyway), and if they each win their divisions, they will re-match on a neutral field - weren't we all clammoring for this in 2006, anyway?
If they do something else with the schedule, then I'll go buy my pitchfork. But understanding that Nebraska's addition DOES create a need for some shake-up, that's the best way to do it. Let's just hope that's how the schedule happens...
|4 years 47 weeks ago||Gibbons||
Can we at least give a nod to Gibbons' ability to hit on special teams? Hell, maybe if our Moundros gets hurt, he can fill in and contribute at LB...
For those unfamiliar: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WOhoS1Wf-vs
|5 years 20 hours ago||Henne 07||
The BEST part of that clip is at the very end when the entire team is huddled at midfield in prayer, but the cameraman catches Henne galloping into the tunnel in ecstacy, hitting the goal post, falling over, getting back up, and jumping to slap the awning over the tunnel. High comedy + childlike exuberance (or any exuberance at all from Henne) = gold.
|5 years 30 weeks ago||Chuck Woodson||
Didn't Woodson just donate a cool $2 million to the University? Maybe these players - Hall, Greer, and Mandich - donated directly to the football program, but they certainly aren't the only ones who have donated back to the University itself. Maybe the development department identified areas in which the Woodson-esque donations could be better used than football... Don't stone me, these areas DO exist at Michigan.
|6 years 25 weeks ago||Awesome||
|6 years 25 weeks ago||I lived at 604 South State||
When were you there?
|6 years 33 weeks ago||Paul Bettany||
Come on, pull this one out, boys.
|6 years 36 weeks ago||Jim Harbaugh...||
Has to be Fredo in Godfather II, then. "I knew it was you, Jim. I knew it was you. And it breaks my heart."
|6 years 36 weeks ago||Queen vs. Vanilla Ice||
"Yah, it's like, their beat goes 'Dun dun dun duhduh dun dun. Dun dun dun duhduh dun dun.' And my beat goes 'Dun dun dun duhduh dun dun. DUN Dun dun dun duhduh dun dun.' It's completely different."
|6 years 41 weeks ago||Completely agree. I didn't||
Completely agree. I didn't mention his scholarship endowment and character off-the-field, but that's another thing you have to love about him.
|6 years 41 weeks ago||Braylon||
He was a microcosm of Michigan football. Talented as all hell, came through in the clutch at times and made you feel like life couldn't get any better, and occasionally dropped a bomb against USC which would have set the Rose Bowl on a completely new path. However, I'll never forget the backflip he did in the Victory Formation after beating Ohio State in the 100th game. That, and he was driving a Bentley around campus for a while and took it to Rick's. How can you not love someone who drives (or who gets driven) to Rick's in a Bentley?
|6 years 43 weeks ago||The Antidote||
I just lost it in class when I read about Fred Jackson giving the antidote. Hysterical.
|6 years 43 weeks ago||Definition of Front Runner||
You have just written the preface to the "Fair Weather Fan's Manifesto." Are you kidding?
"It's cool that I boo. I support the team when we're playing well" is essentially what you just said.
|6 years 43 weeks ago||Agreed on Booing||
That, truly, is the only thing I feel badly about from this game. The sad thing is that you know the people who were booing were just as excited about the win as the people who were cheering and trying to fire the players up. Booing is easy. Cheering a team that is down to try to do all you can to support it and lift it up - that is not easy, because then you have something to lose. But those fans who boo their own team - of college kids, nonetheless - are just like the players RUBAS talks about. They haven't suffered yet. Try cheering your ass off, coming back, and then losing, like Minnesota '05. Or like OSU '06. I bet they'd boo that team, too. Weak. As Bo said, "When your team is winning, be ready to be tough,
|6 years 45 weeks ago||Stevie Brown||
Yes, these are college athletes and they do not get paid to make us happy, but wow. Wow. Stevie Brown appears to have the tools, plays decently-if-not-underwhelmingly most of the time, but can seriously be counted on to make at least one horrible mistake per game. I was at the game, and the second Claussen threw that TD pass, Morgan Trent turned around and started yelling at... guess who... Number 3. Now, Number 3 wasn't in the end zone, mind you - he was jogging into the end zone from the 10 yard line because, even as free safety, he was eons behind the play. I don't like players yelling at eachother on the field because it shows up teammates, but if we're looking to place blame, I think that's a good indicator. Morgan Trent may get beaten to hell on occasion, but his mistakes are physical, not mental.
In addition, on the 60 yard run that broke our backs, I have never seen a more hesitant, scared, deer-in-the-headlights attempt at a tackle than what Number 3 showed us. He didn't get stiff-armed, he got smacked. He got smacked like a moth, or a little kid who was too close to the cookie jar.
Maybe it's confidence (which this post is obviously not helping) or maybe he just doesn't have the instincts. But with crucial mistakes and tentative play in each game he's started, why do we keep subjecting ourselves to this? Maybe he's like Randy Johnson when he got shipped to the Yankees - it was the wrong place for him. Maybe he could be successful if he Mundy-ed his way somewhere else. All I know is that right before the "slap-arm" play started, I turned to the Michigan fan sitting next to me and said, "Oh no, Stevie Brown's our only safety back there, this is not going to go well."
|6 years 47 weeks ago||Yah, I turned the thing||
Yah, I turned the thing inside-out the second I got it to look at all the "details within" features, but the only things that showed up were "Those Who Stay Will Be Champions" and "M Go Blue" - I suppose this should serve as a "buyer beware" that the authentic jerseys aren't really 100% authentic. Kinda sucks, but what can you do?
|7 years 3 weeks ago||Popping Collars||Looks like the collar stands up a bit around the neck, ala the soccer faux-collar style. Could look interesting with pads.|