Niko Porikos grew up in an NTDP billet home. Cool story.
|10 weeks 4 days ago||Pretty funny, but||
these are no farmers. They live in a small town (Leavittsburg) in the northeastern part of the state, near Youngstown, the home of Sweater Vest himself, which explains quite a bit.
And it's made the national press; more of the true Ohio revealed to the world.
|12 weeks 2 days ago||Watkins Glen, July '73||
I was a tad too young to make Woodstock, but hitchhiked with two friends from Chicago to NY to see The Band, Grateful Dead, and Allman Brothers. The Friday night "sound check" was almost as good as the rest of the concert, as was the massive thunderstorm that chased the Allmans off the stage on Saturday.
There were only supposed to be 150,00 there - the number of available tickets - but over 500,000 showed up. Best free music around.
Second place was a 5-hour Dead concert at the UW Field House in Madison. It was intense enough that a group of us had to intervene to stop two attempted suicides (not the reason why the concert was great, just a symptom of the craziness that accompanied some of their perfomances).
Third was ushering for Dylan at Crisler center in the mid-70s: Great music and some guy offered me $500.00 if I would give him my usher shirt so that he could go down to the stage (refused, of course).
|37 weeks 5 days ago||Always partial||
to "Buckwheat is dead" - probably from groiwing up in the 60s.
|42 weeks 1 day ago||In the vein of other suggestions,||
I would recommend you not rise to the bait and call people f******s; it only makes you look defensive, venial, and pouty - and it detracts from any credibility that you may have had in the first place.
|43 weeks 4 days ago||NO||
Every time TK posts it's overdoing it.
|51 weeks 5 days ago||TV replay||
showed it even more conclusively: the Penn State player's head and torso were across the restraining line before the kick.
Furthermore, as one NCAA official explained it, there is no real enforcement on a normal long kick, however, " Conversely, on an on-side kick or short kick officials are very strict and enforce the restraining line restriction" (http://en.allexperts.com/q/College-Football-2792/2011/3/offside-kickoff.htm).
So, no gift was given, even though it may have seemed a rather close call.
|1 year 2 days ago||Ah, most of the snark||
comes from mod wanna-bees who need to find better things to do with their time than play internet forum police.
Not all of us have time to hit the refresh button a million times a day, besides the fact that interesting articles are often buried beneath nine pages of posts. I generally don't mind reposts of stuff that I might otherwise not find.
|1 year 1 week ago||I can't read this||
and I can only look forward to the near future when other articles and posts will have supplanted it on the front page.
Saddest moments in my years of Michigan fandom, which reaches back to the 1970s.
|1 year 2 weeks ago||Yesterday||
is not too soon.
|1 year 22 weeks ago||Minneapolis||
Last hosted a Super Bowl in 1992, played in the Big Baggy. I think they'll be awarded the game again, although, if I recall correctly, it was around 20 below outside - plus 72 inside. The city is pretty cool, and they're great at hosting mega events. In fact, they were the site for that year's MBB final four.
Some people will object to the potential for ball-freezing weather, but you really don't have to step outside if you don't want to.
|1 year 22 weeks ago||Excessive wings, maybe ...||
... but never too many subs!
|1 year 23 weeks ago||From MLive||
A short article quoting the 24/7 piece:
|1 year 29 weeks ago||I don't see Virginia over MSU||
I don't see Virginia over MSU as an upset - they are just as physical and are playing at a fairly high level right now.
Of cours, we can hope that Tommy's Harvard team, assuming it gets past Cinci, can put a stop to Staee even before it comes that that.
|1 year 30 weeks ago||Our own Pete Townshend.||
Give this man a guitar and watch him windmill it.
|1 year 30 weeks ago||I find your statement a bit||
I find your statement a bit paranoid. There may have been some disdain for the program in the years following the scandals and the consistent uderperformance that plagued us until Beilein; however, I don't see the same thing nationally or on BTN these days.
Maybe you hear too much Vitale commentary, which would lead us to believe that there is only one program worthy of praise in the entire country.
|1 year 31 weeks ago||No, please||
not nature. If we allow that, he'll see six feet of snow and students lying frozen in the streets.
|1 year 31 weeks ago||Morgan is not just grit||
There is a multi-faceted good character thing going on with him that goes beyond the basic "grit" thing - tons of gritty types out there, but not many with the kind of unselfish, truly team- oriented, gracious, etc. expressions that Morgan displays.
Someone you really like to see as the face of our program, and also a tribute to Beilein's own character.
|1 year 32 weeks ago||My favorite (so far) from RCMB||
"shut up you little boys. We are still the premier sports program in the country. How many people would be happy with top 3 in fball and bball?"
One Rose Bowl and top five football finish and that makes you THE PREMIER sports program in the country. Let's ask Stanford, Michigan, and even OSU what that means.
|1 year 35 weeks ago||Really||
is ESPN even relevant in the recruiting world? They are marginal, generally behind the times, and offer little in the way of insight.
I have always been convinced that they simply do things to piss off most sane and decent sports fans (everything from Pam Ward to their "this is ESPN" voice to something like 75% of their commentators); why give them the time of day?
|1 year 36 weeks ago||Meaning||
Not In a Tournament
Not Invited to a Tournament
|1 year 36 weeks ago||Meh||
They should all be listed in order of importance as targets and relative likelihood of committment.
|1 year 39 weeks ago||Yes!||
Seven quarterback offers. Take them all, there goes our depth problem. Screws the rest of CFB, as well.
|1 year 39 weeks ago||No,||
it's Buckaroo U.
|1 year 41 weeks ago||Three or four weeks ago.||
Or today, if time travel is not possible.
|1 year 42 weeks ago||I want||
|1 year 43 weeks ago||Don't think||
the "Schwartz is a knucklehead" opinion is very unpopular, at least among those I hang out with.
|1 year 45 weeks ago||Please||
This is a very nice, pious sentiment, but it does nothing to calm the raging masses. More importantily, it ignores the possible reasons why players, whatever their age, decide to decommit or not commit. A program that, to some, at least, is in disarray creates insecurity and instability, and is the real concern, even if there is just about a 0% chance that Hoke is gone anytime soon.
|1 year 45 weeks ago||This game||
could have easily been a 6-0 affair; the ISU keeper made several excellent-to-superb saves, and Michigan played (conservatively estimated) 90% of the second half in the ISU end.
And, BTW, it was pretty cold, freeze your ass to the metal seats kind of weather.
|1 year 47 weeks ago||Beating Ohio||
puts Hoke in line for canonization.
|1 year 49 weeks ago||Fake Punt||
Oh, would another one be sweet, especially since we've been bitten in the arse by them over the years.
|2 years 6 days ago||Fittingly||
2003 comeback v. the Gophers in the Teflon Baggie Stadium. Minnesota was up 28-7 in the third quarter, and was running all over the place (424 yards for the game). Navarre threw about 300 screen passes; the defense somehow stopped the two future NFL backs (Marion Barber and Laurence Maroney); and Michigan won the 100th meeting for the Jug.
I had watched several blowout games at the Dome, most of which were sparsely attended. This one, however, was packed, and by far the loudest place I've ever been, at least until the last 10 minutes, when the crowd essentially lapsed into the normal Gopher coma.
Lots of other high points from the game, including the Breaston to Navarre rumble, which the announcers described at "just like a punt return, except in slow motion" (or something like that).
|2 years 3 weeks ago||On the other hand||
the pass interference call in the end zone was pure gift.
|2 years 5 weeks ago||Time?||
I may be blind, but I don't see a time listed in the announcement. Looks like around noon, but not quite sure.
|2 years 6 weeks ago||Well ...||
I'm tempted to say the 1950 Snow Bowl v. Ohio, but that would be a blatant lie (although my father attended - four years before my birth).
Does it count if I watched it online?
|2 years 10 weeks ago||I can.||
|2 years 10 weeks ago||Some things||
|2 years 11 weeks ago||Does everyone have||
the same advert to the side of the post - "Arrested? Get out of jail - Legal Help"?
Unbelievable, perfect, divinely ordained.
|2 years 15 weeks ago||Yes, indeed||
Sometimes the TSA folks will look kindly on a family with a youngster that age (we were essentially "waived through" a couple of lines when we flew with our 18 month old son back in 2001). Things may have changed, but there are some agents with hearts who will help expedite certain processes.
The best thing, if possible, is to have an aisle seat with the tyke in your lap so that you can walk about from time to time. Ignore any and all stares from fellow-passengers, especially if your child begins to cry.
Bless God you are not changing time zones, so jet lag and other sleep interruptors will be less of an issue.
In the end, of course, much depends on the temperament of said youngster, so experiences will certainly vary. Pressure changes are one of the big problems; if there is something he/she can chew on during take-off and landing, that's great. There are things called "earplanes" that equalize pressure for infants and toddlers.
Final thought: Board last so that you are sitting in the plane for the least amount of time possible.
Vaya con Dios.
|2 years 18 weeks ago||Added endorsement||
The CR-V is reliable, low true cost to own, good mileage (new models even better), roomy, etc. Also, the Kea Sorento, which has a lot of room, third row option, newer models have advanced fuel management, really quiet, etc.
|2 years 24 weeks ago||Her's another one:||
Galluup-Healthways Well-Being Index:
If you look on pp. 1 and 7, Ann Arbor ranks 6th among medium-sized cities, and 8th overall (having slipped from #2 last year, but we know how fluid these rankings among certain cohorts can be from year to year).
Interesting - and perhaps obvious - that many medium-sized areas are in the top quintile, with several being college towns. I have lived here for a good part of the past 40 years, and can say both that A2 is phenomenal at every stage of life, and that, in most respects, it has improved by nearly every measure (perhaps with the exception of the recent proliferation of student high-rise apartment buildings).
I look forward to my children living out the same longitudinal experience.
|2 years 25 weeks ago||Sorry||
First double post ever. Should I feel proud, ashamed, or somewhat unclean?
|2 years 25 weeks ago||Basking||
in the glow of an incredible, high-character team that pushed themselves to the brink of an NCAA championship, a great coach who represents Michigan about as well as anyone can, some phenomenal moments of shooting, defense (including one of the most athletic blocks you will ever see) and basketball acrobatics.
Not to mention that we encountered a worthy opponent devoid of s--t talkers and witnessed a classic final.
Hard to take the loss, but more than proud of the team and its accomplishments, which exceeded even the most optimistic pre-season expectations.
Next year in Arlington!
|2 years 25 weeks ago||Basking||
in the glow of an incredible, high-character team that pushed themselves to the brink of an NCAA championship, a great coach who represents Michigan about as well as anyone can, some phenomenal moments of shooting, defense (including one of the most athletic blocks you will ever see) and basketball acrobatics.
Not to mention that we encountered a worthy opponent devoid of s--t talkers and witnessed a classic final.
Hard to take the loss, but more than proud of the team and its accomplishments, which exceeded even the most optimistic pre-season expectations.
Next year in Arlington!
|2 years 26 weeks ago||I don't know ...||
really stiff competition with Wal-mart and Facebook in the mix. I don't know how the Consumerist folks do the scoring, but I would imagine some of the match-ups were quite close.
|2 years 26 weeks ago||Five lb. nachos||
made of chips, pulled pork, refried beans, queso, veggies, beef, chicken, guacamole, and olives. He had to eat it in 45 minutes.
I barfed for him.
|2 years 28 weeks ago||Sinkhole ...||
... much more targeted, and thus less likely to involve innocent bystanders.
That said, I'm all for MSU schadenfreude; I can't resist "sympathizing" with my Sparty friends whenever possible.
|2 years 29 weeks ago||Conflicted||
As I fill out the bracket, I see us having more difficulty with VCU than with Kansas; if we make it past VCU, I see a decent chance of a semifinal rematch with Indiana.
On the other hand, why do I even venture into these unpredictable waters?
|2 years 29 weeks ago||Hard to Watch ...||
... but I really have to blame myself for having unrealistic expectations. This is a team that should never have been ranked #1; does pretty much the same thing every game that it loses; has regressed over the course of a season; is easily exploitable inside; shows long stretches of minimal effort - and on it goes. These are the facts and, despite what I've seen for the past couple of months, I have yet to capitulate to them.
If we go beyond the second round, I will be pleasantly surprised - pretty shocked, in fact, unless the draw is highly favorable.
|2 years 31 weeks ago||Because||
1. They can
2. They hate us, and love to mock us
3. Their lineup is strewn with idiots of every stripe (even their pre-show announcer has an extremely obnoxious affectation)
4. They ____________
|2 years 32 weeks ago||Maybe not the most inspiring reason?||
Was visiting a friend on April 1 of 1973 - back when the Hash Bash was a huge event. Saw the insanity, the crazy mix of people, hit a couple of the restaurants, knew it was an excellent school, so I moved to A2, waited a year to gain residency, applied and was accepted. My other choices were mostly smaller schools (St. John's in Annapolis, Macalester/Carleton in MN, etc.), and I was a bit concerned about U-M's size, but I found so much opportunity here that the combination of school and town was pretty much irresistable.
|2 years 33 weeks ago||or||
if it spreads to the porch.
|2 years 35 weeks ago||Better let||
Gordon Gee know about that.
|2 years 35 weeks ago||couches,||
no couches ablaze.
Wait, no reason for conflagrations.
|2 years 38 weeks ago||ESPN and OSU||
From what I can tell, the World Worst Leader considers OSU to be an SEC team, and thus skews their rankings accordingly. There is an inordinate amount of Urban/Buckeye butt kissing among many of the media, and no more than at ESPN.
|2 years 43 weeks ago||Not to mention||
Miller's Ice Cream on S. University before it became the wasteland that it is today - cheap, huge servings that made eating with a beard a trip to barbarianism.
|2 years 44 weeks ago||But at least yours was a Rabbit||
Mine was a '56 Beetle with a '64 engine that barely climbed the local eastern Ohio hills - sometimes felt like retrograde motion. Cost me $75 and worth every penny until I rolled it trying to do 360s around a sharp curve.
|2 years 44 weeks ago||Bleh||
He hired Brady Hoke, and I still detest him.
|2 years 45 weeks ago||Yes, they should be||
And they were when I tuned in with around 8 minutes to go in the half. From that point on, we pulled down exactly ONE rebound, did a fair amount of matador defense, and essentially seemed to decide not to apply the killer stroke.
A bit more intensity would put this one away.
|2 years 47 weeks ago||Not only that||
but they will be doing a significant renovation and expansion over the next few years (23 million dollars worth) which will put it on the level of pretty much any of its competition.
|2 years 49 weeks ago||It's a hoot||
to watch someone walk by through the wind and waves every once in a long while (well, I only saw one, and I'm assuming there aren't that many venturing out).
|2 years 50 weeks ago||And, we should add ...||
that it's not good to do double posts.
|2 years 50 weeks ago||And, we should add ...||
the most obvious call in the game, one that probably 80% of us watching at home were, as we were, yelling at Hoke to watch for.
|2 years 51 weeks ago||Four||
Count 'em, four gifts in the last two minutes, including the refusal to overturn the non-touchdown ruling at the end.
Pretty poor, and pretty cowardly; however, Stanford gave their own gifts on ND's last drive.
|2 years 52 weeks ago||Well ...||
|3 years 1 week ago||I would beg to differ.||
Based on the intensity of the Americans, the hype of the crowd, and the fact that the US has withered in quite a few of the recent Cups, I would say that each side sees this as a "war" that needs to be won in order to establish some golfing legitimacy - even the way the course was prepared showed serious thought toward ending the European dominance of the past twenty years.
It isn't easy to explain what happens to the Americans in these events - a hyper-individualism, self-focussed culture, whatever, but they certainly had a difficult time handling the pressure after the mini-meltdown of yesterday afternoon.
|3 years 2 weeks ago||To be fair||
many of us used to somewhat enjoy Lloyd Carr's grumpiness and general irascibility toward the press, who are often ignorant, self-important Captains of the Obvious. So, whatever we think about MD, I can't fault him for treating some of the same reporters with the same disdain.
|3 years 2 weeks ago||I wonder if what we're seeing||
I wonder if what we're seeing is the fact that Meyer has lost something in the coaching department, either in adapting his system to current talent level, losing his intensity after his "retirement," or both (and something else included).
|3 years 8 weeks ago||AA.com link||
Not the horse's mouth (maybe another part of the anatomy), but a reasonable source nonetheless.
|3 years 9 weeks ago||You are probably correct||
I would say that it is highly unlikely that the family has standing in the matter - that is, they have no legal interest in the case despite their apparently profound need to clear Joe's sullied name. I imagine any such suit will be quickly dismissed, as they cannot show harm.
|3 years 10 weeks ago||I'm wonderin'||
... what all y'all are hopin' to catch with that "baited breath" - and what's it baited with?
|3 years 10 weeks ago||The IPad solution||
A Bluetooth keyboard, either built in or separate. Faster than IPhone, Blackberry, etc.
Try it, you'll like it.
|3 years 14 weeks ago||The "Great" Joe Paterno||
Without long commentary on the discussion of what you or I or anyone else might have done in the same situation, I would say that one clear problem here is that Joe Paterno was a person of seriously mixed ethical standards. Just about all of us are, of course, but it appears that the label of "greatness" is one that should be used very advisedly as something that others put upon a man who seems to have accepted it to his own detriment. From all that I have read, the Penn State athletic department was a kingdom ruled by a king who came to believe all that was said of him, and who established, with the support of others, an untouchable, self-regulating, self-serving, and self-perpetuating closed system. Such a system cannot allow the possibility of its members and devotees being subject to outside oversight and accountability.
So, I am not shocked that this "great" man did not act, as he lived in a fantasy power world of his own making, where those who questioned his authority or decisions were treated as paraiahs and often subject to sanctions, even to the extent of losing their jobs or reputations (see some of the reports on the attempts from compliance personnel to hold players accountable for various activities). No doubt it is difficult to act rightly in situations where our self-interest is challenged; how much more difficult when you feel that you are above the rules that would protect you and others from acting rightly.
|3 years 23 weeks ago||Yep||
Just drive over in your Os-mobile and hope that it isn't too slippy out.
|3 years 23 weeks ago||You obviously||
haven't lived in western PA or eastern OH, where that's the official pronunciation.
|3 years 24 weeks ago||If you're too lazy||
to click the link, here are two facts about Costco treating its employees well:
They pay full health benefits.
Average hourly wage is 70% higher than Sam's Club (between $18-$20 vs. around $11)
One more comparison: Costco CEO salary around 350-400k; Sam's Club 13-15 million.
|3 years 24 weeks ago||Laying what?||
Typical that, as a Sparty-type he doesn't know the difference between laying and lying - although it depends on what he's doing in the weeds.
|3 years 31 weeks ago||Metrodome is||
going the way of all puff-baggies in three years, so even Minnesota will lose their advantage (assuming that the new Vikings stadium arises sans roof, which I believe is the plan).
|3 years 31 weeks ago||There's no reason||
to have a minimum - if there aren't three voted in, then that's just the way it goes.
As far as a cap, we would have an issue with those who are not elected: Would they be eligible the next, or subsequent, years?
|3 years 31 weeks ago||And||
Rothlesberger is not (an a__hole)? I think some number of various types of persons would beg to differ.
|3 years 33 weeks ago||The whole first paragraph?||
That explains your Fandom Endurance merit badge.
|3 years 35 weeks ago||How about||
"Backyard recruiting brawl between Michigan and Michigan State is OVER"
|3 years 35 weeks ago||a levitating paraplegic, no||
a levitating paraplegic, no less!
|3 years 36 weeks ago||or at least not as far behind||
or at least not as far behind as the current post will make you.
|3 years 36 weeks ago||In an age where people||
In an age where people constantly write biographies about still-living people, this is not shock. It's not very difficult to put together a compilation of Wikipedia and other web-site content laced with a few original observations and maybe an interview or two.
Certainly not likely to demand our attention.
|3 years 37 weeks ago||Not all BMWs are maintained||
Not all BMWs are maintained to the same standard; this one had at least four cylanders misfiring and possibly not even functioning - not to mention accumulated rust, etc.
|3 years 37 weeks ago||True, blame is not solely at his feet.||
It is also the case that the Sandusky garbage is only one part - albeit perhaps the most shameful part - of a self-governing, closed circle culture that involved establishing and nurturing a sense of power and invincibility that ultimately led to great failure. It is well-known that PSU football carried on its business without having to submit to the safeguards of accountability, even to the university. The existence of such a culture is not fully Paterno's responsibility, but he was clearly an integral part of its ethos and its defense.
While many positive results came of Paterno's virtues, they are, in my opinion, ultimately overshadowed by the deification, accepted by a self-aggrandizing head coach, that put him above the kind of scrutiny and limitations that might have protected many victims, in numerous situations, from real harm.
|3 years 38 weeks ago||The Friesians||
|3 years 38 weeks ago||Pretty similar to||
any one of us calling for Charles Woodson at some point during the 2010 season - no senility, simply wishful thinking.
|3 years 40 weeks ago||Don't know if it's age ...||
I feel that it's simply having spent many years watching Michigan teams that should win handily come ill-prepared, play tight, play without condifence, play down to their opponent (not that VT has "down" to play to), and so on. That kind of history makes pessimists out of many of us. Plus, my wife claims that Michigan fans have some kind of genetic predisposition to take on a slough of despond attitude, so it must be a nature and nurture double whammy.
Makes it hard to emotionally experience what we say: "We're Michigan," and all that.
|3 years 45 weeks ago||My "Favorite":||
Team punishment: Cunningham played in Florida's next game, the Capital One Bowl, but Meyer said he imposed physical punishment on Cunningham, who also couldn't accept bowl-game gifts.
I hesitate to speculate, and leave it to others to do so, on the content of said punishment.
|3 years 45 weeks ago||These are the guys||
that make me want to see Michigan absolutely curb stomp Ohio on Saturday - to put their boots on Buckeye nuts and not let up until the annihilation is complete.
Well, I should say, I always want to see that, only now more than ever.
|3 years 48 weeks ago||Truth about ingredients||
According to the owner of one of the delis in question, Zingerman's/Maize and Blue/Amer's all have the same suppliers of most (obviously not certain house items) ingredients. Zingy's prices everything as if they are in NYC or northern Jersey; the other two do not. People will argue ad nauseum about which of the three is best, but the idea that one is the purveyor of special meats or cheeses is largely not true.
|3 years 49 weeks ago||And ...||
The Field of Dreams (reputedly up for sale)
|4 years 1 week ago||If you like a crazy Asian place||
Joy Yee's on Davis Street. Huge portions, decent food - can be crowded. Has a huge variety of dishes.
|4 years 1 week ago||Buckeye Fans on Supreme Court||
ESPN should demand recusal by any Buckeye lover on the OSC; if not, move for a change of venue.
We'd be happy to hear the case here.
|4 years 1 week ago||Some really un-scary mascots||
The Highland Terrier terrifies comparted to:
Sammy the Banana Slug (University of California-Santa Cruz)
Boll Weevils (University of Arkansas at Monticello)
Fighting Pickles (North Carolina School of the Arts)
The Fighting Okra (Delta State University)
Didn't have time to embed pictures; if you're interested, here's the link:
At which location you will also find the Rhode Island School of Design "Scroties." I'll leave it to your imagination ...
|4 years 4 weeks ago||And, to be clear||
Moccasins = the snake, not the shoe (water moccasins)
|4 years 5 weeks ago||Indeed||
It's "highlights" that should be surrounded by quotation marks, not the Horror, which it truly was.
|4 years 6 weeks ago||Amer's||
I was waiting for someone to mention it: Zingermann's quality sandwiches for around 2/3 the price and 1/2 the snobbery - not that I dislike Zing's, but they buy pretty much the same ingredients and command premium (e.g. East Coast) money for the product.
Also, Amer's has, I believe, a third location at the Union.
|4 years 6 weeks ago||Angelo's||
has no lines if you are there early enough. Family and I even went on a Saturday morning, pre-9:00, and waltzed in without waiting.
But maybe that's a tad early.
|4 years 8 weeks ago||The Knowledge ...||
... Is like a train wreck: a bloody mess that you want to pass by without looking, but that you end up gawking at just to see how bad it really is.
|4 years 13 weeks ago||That's Right, Man||
... it's "post's," not "posts" - get with the possessive.
|4 years 17 weeks ago||You really want to feel better?||
Do what I did:
Look around at your class and count off the number of people who consistently arrived late to class on Monday bragging about how wasted they were on the weekend; those who came to class on an infrequent basis; those who spouted nonsense in class as if it were gospel truth (they will end up as judges); and those who just plain spouted nonsense with one or another looks of bewilderment on their faces. Note that they are the curve makers who will help you succeed. Then consider that 8+ out of ten of your class will pass the Bar. Subtract the aforementioned most likely to fail and - voila - you have your confidence.
At least that's what I told myself, although it didn't always curb the anxiety.
|4 years 18 weeks ago||At 1:21||
listen to him begin to say, "Our rules violation program" - yes, the truth will out; it was, indeed, second to none.
|4 years 18 weeks ago||Personal experience||
I've lived in all three, and would say:
Dexter area has best of all worlds - good, and increasingly better, schools; fairly low taxes; a good mix of housing options; very quick drive into A2; strong preservation/open space policies in the townships (Scio and Webster); close to a ton of recreation (Pinckney and Waterloo, along with other parks). It is fairly white, though, and is purely suburban and rural, with quite a few dirt roads.
Ann Arbor is Ann Arbor - all the great attributes of a small university city; lots of culture, parks, etc.. However, the taxes on real estate are often 2x the surrounding areas. Also, the roads are absolutely awful, and not likely to improve in the near future. In my opinion, the schools are somewhat overrated - at least uneven - with possible budget cut effects making the future a bit less certain.
Yspsilanti - I would not agree that it's dangerous, unless you live in certain areas. Some parts of the city are quite nice. On the other hand, bad schools, a sense that a good part of it is falling apart, and a feeling that it is somewhat "cut off" from other places (e.g. not a pleasant drive into A2 unless you take one of the northern, more suburban routes) make is much less desirable.
I currently live in Dexter, with an Ann Arbor mailing address; it's my favorite of the three in terms of overall ambiance, and I can be in town (A2) in less than 15 minutes.
|4 years 19 weeks ago||Loring Pak/Stevens Square||
These are basically two parts of the same neighborhood; they are separated by I-94. The Loring Park area is almost downtown, fairly close to the lakes, has excellent trail connections for bicycling/in-line skating, has the Walker (cherry on the spoon thing) and not far from the Institute of Art.
Stevens Square is probably a bit more diverse, perhaps higher crime levels, not quite as leafy , but less expensive. It's a quick shot to what's known as "Eat Street," the area around Nicollet and Franklin that has a an intense concentration of ethnic restaurants. Both sections of the neighborhood are pretty close to Uptown, but I always felt like Stevens Square was a bit more hemmed in, perhaps because of the freeway. It's certainly a more recent re-development that has some attractive residences.
Either way, you're going high urban with all the positives and negatives that that implies.
|4 years 19 weeks ago||One thing||
that you will find in the Twin Cities that you don't ever find here in A2 is a string of days where the "high" temperature (new definition) doesn't climb above 0. In my ten years there, the longest such streak was about 96 hours or so, which was a stunning experience that left my vehicle unusable (had to park outside).
Having said that, some people never really venture out into the cold, moving from their heated garage to their heated parking structure (aka "ramp") to the heated skyways. Winter can certainly be long, but there's a ton of activities that make it more than bearable, unless you just can't bear it.
|4 years 19 weeks ago||If in the city||
you mean living in Minneapolis, then it's going to depend on what kind of money you have to spend; whether or not you are going to rent or buy; and what kind of meighborhood you are looking at.
As noted by many, the Uptown area is quite hip, has a good selection of places to eat/drink and is close to downtown (although Minneapolis is a fairly accessible city if you're not out in the 'burbs). The Lakes are, of course, wonderful places, but generally expensive.
I would recommend looking into the area south of Lake, west of I-94, and east of the lakes - something around Nicollet and 35th or so. This is part of South Minneapolis without the crime, and is a fairly affordable part of town. Some other areas west of Dinkytown are decent, with a mix of students and families. You can also check out the River Road area north and south of Lake Street - convenient to St. Paul and Minneapolis.
As for the 'burbs - stay away, unless you like spending long hours in your car or riding your bicycle into town.
|4 years 20 weeks ago||I don't know||
that Tom is an incite-ful kind of guy - although his posts do stir up various emotional responses in us.
|4 years 20 weeks ago||What is||
IBM doing that makes this a big week for them?
|4 years 21 weeks ago||You can always||
worry about de-commitments, transfers, and whatever other angst-producing possibilities exist for igniting our natural pessimism.
Or you could run replays of the recruiting victories, somewhat the way many of us did when we watched Michigan's NC basketball run in '89 about fifty times in the first month after the last win.
|4 years 22 weeks ago||Interesting||
all the strong dislike ( I won't say hate) for a well-run organization that builds most of its talent from within and keeps itself free from the arrogant jerks that populate many teams' rosters - I guess I'll have to chalk it to divisional rivalry and recent history. As a Twins fan, I have always had a higher degree of loathing for the White Sox, with their quasi-Yankee pretentions and huge-mouthed manager.
With all that said, the Twins are in a deep hole, and I doubt that a rather "accidental" no-hitter will go very far in turning around a dismal beginning to the season.
|4 years 23 weeks ago||Is it possible||
that the NCAA treats Tressel more strictly based on his position as HC, as opposed to McNair being an assistant. It would make some sense that they would, given the greater responsibility that the HC carries for the program and the influence he has as its representative.
I personally don't see how he survives the year, especially with the OSU administration seemingly setting up a situation where they can sever ties with a potentially less-damaging response by the NCAA (no lack of institutional control and all that).
|4 years 23 weeks ago||Yes,||
and Hitler loved dogs.
No one is taking Tressel to task for good deeds; in fact, a good number of us,, while previously suspicious, have generally thought him to be on the upstanding side of the equation. The real difficulty is that such outward demonstrations of probity and good citizenship are shattered by the hypocrisy of someone who has been caught up in the sense of invulnerable hero-status. "Vici, ergo sum" - I conquered, therefore I am, and therefore I can justify what I do, believing that if I do it it is justifiable.
The timeline that the article details is dammingly clear, and so elicits all the more outrage when set aside Tressel's self-serving attempts to explain away his wrongdoing.
|4 years 23 weeks ago||Not just||
using "everybody does it," but denying that such is his argument, and then continuing all the way to the bottom of the toilet with, "anyway, it was the prinicpled thing to do." It is utterly incredible that he would attempt to take the moral high ground with that kind of turning wrong to right.
A biblical phrase comes to mind: "Woe to those who call evil good, and good, evil." Well, woe to them (Buckeyes), whatever and whenever, and wherever.
|4 years 23 weeks ago||One thing to note -||
These are rankings that are skewed toward undergraduate programs, and done by what many consider to be an inferior publication using inferior methodologies. By comparison, Michigan is generally ranked as somewhere between 15th and 25th in the world by the more sophisticated organizations (e.g. QS World University Rankings, which even U.S. News uses for its top 400). These generally put UM pretty far above the rest of the Big Whatever, with Northwestern usually being next, followed by Wisconsin:
Some services are a bit different, but all have Michigan looking in the rear view mirror at schools like Penn State, Indiana, etc., which don't ever show up.
|4 years 23 weeks ago||I notice that:||
1. You like to engage in the pissing contest, as evinced by your reply comments.
2. Some of the replies to your argument are based on the simple fact that you had no real argument; rather, you made a conclusory statement ("best defense") with neither context nor justification.
Why don't we face the fact that the three years of Rodriguez' tenure are a complex mosaic of personality and historical interactions that, given the strength of the individual predilections, reactions, and opinion, along with the need for a fairly long transition to sort out those interactions, could not have produced success without patience. At any rate, there were certain predispositions, as we read in Brian's post of the e-mail he received, that would create an atmosphere of suspicion and offense that arises from hide-bound conservatism, which is not the same as honoring tradition.
|4 years 24 weeks ago||There are tons of||
little redundancies that we use all the time for that kind of emphasis - young whippersnapper, old crone/old coot, etc. They give a lot of color and life to the language.
Although one player leaving hardly qualifies as a mass exodus.
|4 years 24 weeks ago||But apparently ND is the||
But apparently ND is the frontrunner for Kiel, as well, so I'm not sure Mauk goes there.
|4 years 28 weeks ago||"Michigan isn't like other schools ...||
... that just throw out offers."
Well, OK, maybe they don't just throw them out; more like the old "cereal that's shot from guns approach."
|4 years 28 weeks ago||Well||
... maybe they were stretching busts, using time that was over there.
|4 years 30 weeks ago||Something||
for both the optimists and pessimists among us, with the resulting waiting for proof that one camp was correct.
Part of the "Freedom of Response Act" of 2011.
|4 years 30 weeks ago||Fairly difficult to get a||
Fairly difficult to get a "birth" in the tourney - don't think any are expecting; however, very likely that they will have a berth.
|4 years 30 weeks ago||Some of this reasonable||
Some of it not very. Besides the cheap shot at Rodriguez, there is this gem:
"As bad as Tressel looks in college football's latest scandal, Ohio State looks even worse. The school that has long prided itself on academic and athletic excellence looks no different than the football factories it has long looked down its nose at."
That's along the lines of Massey Coal priding itself on environmental stewardship and worker safety.
|4 years 31 weeks ago||Really Astounding Stuff||
Puts me in the mind of Spud Webb, Nate Robinson (43 inch vertical), and Calvin Murphy, the first two being winners of the NBA slam-dunk contest.
Also stirs unreachable fantasy dreams of doing more than simply being able to touch a few inches above the bottom of the net.
|4 years 31 weeks ago||You're right ...||
they are not shoo-ins (the way someone easily enters, or wins a contest); they are shoe-outs, as in kicked to the NIT, with a final planting of the right foot by M on Saturday.
|4 years 32 weeks ago||Some of my Favorites||
1. Cornell, as long as you're not there under five feet of snow (even then it's beautiful)
2. SDSU and USD in San Diego: The latter has superb architecture and a view of the Pacific that's the equal of Pepperdine (another great spot)
3. UNC and Duke: Both really beautiful settings, especially Duke, which is like living in part forest/part botanical gardens. Plus the climate has long high points during the school year. Chapel Hill is a good surrounding environment for the university (Durham not so much).
4. Among the Big Ten/Eleven/Twelve etc., Madison is my choice for best, with Michigan and Indiana following, then Happy Valley and Northwestern.
There are also some small schools (e.g. Bowdoin in Maine, the Naval Academy and St. John's in Annapolis) that are really picturesque.
|4 years 33 weeks ago||Excellent||
I wonder if you can add star rankings to the names ...
... and if you're already sick of the multitude of suggestions that we're loading up.
|4 years 36 weeks ago||The point is that the worn||
The point is that the worn out (should have been worn out) drumbeat of "Rodriguez screwed up Michigan in-state recruiting; ruined connections with in-state coaches"; blah, blah, blah continues unabated.
But, as noted in several other posts, bringing up facts in an attempt to overcome the Brady Hoke slobber fest that includes distorting the Rodriguez record is an exercise in futility, and is probably best shelved.
|4 years 37 weeks ago||How could there possibly NOT||
How could there possibly NOT be room in an Alabama class?
|4 years 38 weeks ago||Well, there might be numerous||
Well, there might be numerous reasons for the former players' comments, reasons that go beyond just believing Hoke is a great coach. It looks as if some number of them come from a bias against the Rodriguez hire and the whole cultural atmosphere at Michigan, which you can admire/like or find gratingly insular and arrogant.
At any rate, I do wonder if some of what we're seeing is not simply a Brandonesque approach to filling the most important position at the key sport at the school. We'll never know what Brandon would have done had he brought in Rodriguez, but we can certainly say that Martin could have put on a better show for RR than he did. I assume that was part Martin, part the coaching search, and part the rancor within the AD.
Let's hope that the hype, even if ill-motivated, will be a positive in the long run.
|4 years 38 weeks ago||I love the implied||
FU, which appeared as a subtext multiply times.
|4 years 39 weeks ago||Just keep||
clicking. Sanity and addiction demand it.
|4 years 39 weeks ago||One, three, five days||
One, three, five days gone
So too coaches disappear:
No Frost this winter.
|4 years 39 weeks ago||OK, one out of three||
1. no relaxing
2. no trust in Brandon, given how he handled Rodriguez and presser (but could be gained with right hire)
3. Will certainly support whomever he hires
|4 years 39 weeks ago||I am entirely sick of||
the tired meme that "Brandon did nothing more than he said he would do," or whatever version of that claptrap happens to be in favor. If what he said he would do is stupid, foolish, destructive of the program, etc. then why would sticking to that course of action be in any way laudable?
"Well, he did come and burn down my house, but it's nothing more than he said he would do."
Maybe this all works out, but it's not for lack of Brandon's appearing to do a lot to fail.
|4 years 39 weeks ago||Even better than||
the old Appy State video that we all made fun of before the Horror (Hot, Hot, Hot).
|4 years 39 weeks ago||All these arguments||
assume that DB wanted Harbaugh, contacted Harbaugh, and was turned down by Harbaugh. At this point, there is no solid proof that any of these things happened. As far as I can tell, Brandon has either contacted various candidates in a fairly simultaneous manner, or has, perhaps until today, contacted no one.
Either way, Hoke should not be offended.
Wake me up when it's over.
|4 years 39 weeks ago||You made my point||
"until they have a few seasons under their belt." Exactly the problem; why are we even in the position of needing to hire someone who needs multiple years to see if they will succeed. Isn't that what we were in the midst of showing?
On the other hand, I believe that the right person (and that's where Brandon is on the spot) could bring success much more quickly. That is, someone who can hold the team together, bring in a decent class this year, and use well the players at his disposal.
Will DB pull it off? I'm highly skeptical but willing to be proven wrong.
|4 years 39 weeks ago||First, tear-stained||
First, tear-stained autumn,
Now, winter of discontent.
Whither spring football?
|4 years 39 weeks ago||Didn't thank DB or administration?||
Well, there's class - which characterizes Rich Rodriguez and the statement he made - and then there's masochism - which would include thanking someone who handled the last couple of months in about as poor a manner as could be expected.
I am hopeful that we will be back in the thick of things in the Big however many and on the national stage before too long, but I have the feeling that Rodriguez will find his way to success in a very short time.
Best regards to a man who, when it comes to integrity, runs circles around the crabby alumni, ersatz journalists, cranky "livin' in the past" players, and bandwagon fans who couldn't stand to give him a real chance.
Now Brandon is in a pickle, and I sure hope he can find a good way out of it.
|4 years 39 weeks ago||A good dose of #2||
Much of the toxic atmosphere, as evinced by the media and heard in many conversations with people not in the know, came about from an attitude of "I want it to be so, therefore it is so." Add a fair amount of Michigan man BS; stir in a helping of regional prejudice; mix a huge helping of pride, and you have a rather untenable situation. This is not to downplay the on-the-field failures, but to
BTW, this morning I saw, on Channel 4 (Detroit) a claim by one Katrina Hancock that Rodriguez approached an unnamed university offering to completely cut ties with UM if they would offer him their head coaching position. This supposedly happened very recently. However, their link to the story appears to have been withdrawn as of 10:00 (if it, indeed, ever existed). I mention this because the story itself, along with the tone of Hancock's reporting, was the typical sanctimonious rot that spews from our local media outlets. I can only imagine the tale disappeared from Channel 4's site because someone realized it was just one more piece of s**t with no factual basis.
|4 years 39 weeks ago||Instead of What the Hell, Harbaugh||
Maybe what the hell everybody else. Based on the fact that we know literally nothing about Brandon's/Harbaugh's/Rodriguez' plans, who has spoken to whom, etc., this is only a "screw up" for those who believe that we just HAVE TO HAVE, OH MY NO OTHER OPTIONS, HARBAUGH.
For some of us who want to see Brandon retain Rodriguez, the only screw up has been letting this hang so that we become the focal point of idiot media attention all over again.
There is also the distinct possibility that Brandon has simply played his cards carefully so that no one looks like they turned down anyone else or didn't end up with what they wanted (again, except for the must have Harbaugh contingent). This still leaves us too much in an unwanted spotlight, but probably makes the school look less like simpletons and tools.
|4 years 39 weeks ago||Addendum||
"We also recognize that the local, and a great extent, national media have, along with some elements of the MIchigan fan base, acted in a biased, uninformed, and often hostile manner, which made Rich's tenure a much more difficult one than it should have been, and that, no doubt impinged on the team's ability to focus and compete as they might otherwise have been able to."
|4 years 40 weeks ago||Still a Supporter||
And I believe that an overhaul of defensive staff would go a long way toward helping the team fulfill its potential. The one thing that I find most difficult to assess and apply is how much the anti-Rodriguez crowd has affected the atmosphere, process, progress, team play etc. The constant refrain is that the environment has become "toxic"; to what extent is that simply a self-fulfilling prophecy and part of a vicious cycle?
It seems that Rodriguez has been treated rather shamefully at times, and not simply by media types. That's something that might not go away for a while, regardless of future wins. I hope, perhaps without reason, that Brandon will be strong enough to base his judgment on something more than such background static.
|4 years 40 weeks ago||Yes, some do||
See posts below, and probably many others who believe that Rodriguez is not only viable, but worth retaining through his contract. I would, of course, like to see changes among the defensive staff, and perhaps some operational changes for them; however, I am one of those who believes that RR can succeed here.
|4 years 40 weeks ago||Assuming||
Assuming that such a thing even exists, for which we have no evidence one way or another.
|4 years 40 weeks ago||Not to mention ...||
our future B1Ger Nebraska, playing down to conference form the other day.
And I was beginning to worry about them.
|4 years 40 weeks ago||Agreed||
Giving us only reasons to retain him, and then telling us that we "need to go in a different direction" - whatever the heck that means - is just the kind of stuff that begins, goes, and ends nowhere.
Let's have a great win today, put the noise behind us, and move in the direction we are currently goind.
|4 years 40 weeks ago||Yes||
First time to be really excited on Jan. 1 in three years- almost too excited. Although it's kind of absurd to see all the new bowl games (Pin Stripe Bowl, really?) and additional teams playing this season, it's never a bad thing to see Michigan on the 1st.
Let's lay on another Big Ten wuppin' on the SEC.
|4 years 40 weeks ago||Must Learn, No Matter When or Where||
When we lived in Minnesota, we adopted an 18 month-old boy. At preschool, the classes taught, of course, the Gopher fight song. I instructed him on how to sing the "Victors" loudly enough to be heard when the school presented their spring program; this was enhanced by the fact that he couldn't quite carry the tune, and so stood out a bit more than otherwise.
This was a seminal experience, and was repeated with my daughter, who regularly would taunt "Goldie" the mascot at various sporting events. They are now both staunch Wolverines, and have suffered with me through the last few years with no hint of wavering in their allegiance.
|4 years 40 weeks ago||No, bad doggie||
should be put to sleep, and let other good dogs have the treats.
|4 years 41 weeks ago||First time on campus||
When I was thinking about where to attend school and came to visit, walking across the Diag on April 1 1973 (when the Hash Bash was still an illegal, well-attended circus), seeing all the crazies, the miles of hair (on the guys), the music, the get ups people were wearing, and then going to the house where I was staying and finding 25 inhabitants sitting around a little black- and-white television watching "Planet of the Apes" in the dark ...
... and realizing, as a wandering, 19 year-old hippie, that this was somewhere I could live.
And have loved it ever since
|4 years 41 weeks ago||Unless, of course||
you don't bet.
Is that possible?
|4 years 42 weeks ago||One more||
Rodriguez? What happened to Bo?
|4 years 42 weeks ago||I can use this one||
It will work well in perception and analysis tests, somewhat like the old woman/young woman image.
|4 years 42 weeks ago||Obviously hard to find and count them||
According to the article, Michigan is not listed as a state where quadruped wolverines reside; however, see the following link for contradictory evidence:
|4 years 43 weeks ago||OK, a tad strong, I admit,||
especially as he might, in 5 or 10 years, carry a strong enough resume. However, my concerns are:
A. He doesn't yet qualify for the HC position here;
B. I don't yet trust Brandon to not poop this one, based on what I believe to be a shaky "evaluation" process that he insists on conducting;
C. I believe the "disarray" in the program (a word I've heard used by a number of anti-Rodriguez proponents) is largely a construction of those who want him gone, but that could, given time and momentum, become reality, leading to Rodriguez' dismissal and a poor hire ...
... and so on.
|4 years 43 weeks ago||Or not,||
as it's transliterated from the Hebrew, which gives English speakers a variety of options, none of which indicate anti-semitic overtones.
Talk about panties in a bunch (or should I say a d'vorah up your tuchus?).
|4 years 43 weeks ago||And somebody DOES know?||
no further message
|4 years 43 weeks ago||Rosenberg and SI/ESPN||
No surprise that he's made the national stage, especially when we consider the level of journalistic non-integrity and the general idea that any publicity is good publicity. As far as I can tell, much of what ESPN does (even the voices of their lead-in announcers) is decidedly calculated to irritate and annoy, if not infuriate. SI has a couple of reasonable writers, but also brings along a number of weak, self-promoting types (e.g. Stewart Mandel).
Anyway, it's really a publicity-generating mindset that drives the media in ways that mirror the tabloids of old, and which panders to a fairly superficial reading and listening/watching public.
|4 years 44 weeks ago||Three Baseball Books||
A second (or third) to Boys of Summer, already mentioned
George Will's Men at Work
The Yogi Book (and there's another good compilation, but I forget the title)
|4 years 44 weeks ago||This claim is preposterous||
It is impossible for Rodriguez to have been fired and Harbaugh to have already been hired, and that for at least two reasons:
First, hiring is a public process that cannot be short-circuited by private deals. I suppose that there may be some conversations among parties, but even that is unlikely, given the number of people who would have some knowledge of such talks. The leak factor would be huge.
Second, Brandon would be putting the university, along with the football program, at risk, both legally (see point 1), and with regard to perception and reputation. If you think the garbage storm that arose during the last search was a huge mess, you can't imagine what back room shenanigans would engender.
Your one clearly true point is that there is no proof for the claim of "already hired." Frankly, I think the speculations are simply part of the pent-up need to immediately know what's happening on the part of much of our fan base.
After all, it sucks to have neither knowledge of, or control over, something we're so invested in.
|4 years 44 weeks ago||Advanced Automotive||
3880 Jackson Road, just west of Wagner on the north side - always good diagnostics, don't do what doesn't need to be done, etc..
|4 years 44 weeks ago||Partly attributable to memory loss||
It afflicts the media more than most. Our BBall improprieties are ancient history in journalism years, especially as the perpetrators age and/or fade from public prominence.
|4 years 44 weeks ago||OK, let's assume you're not a bigot.||
Instead, let's ask you to hold yourself to the same standard of reference that you use in your reply: back up your, to my eyes, at least, unfounded and completely untrue claims against the current Michigan program.
Where is the evidence that Rodriguez doesn't care about success in the classroom? How about any clear data that point to poor graduation rates. Any thoughts on the supposedly deficient character of the players?
From what I have heard, Rodriguez rather strongly emphasizes academics, and recruits young men of modesty and strong work ethic. Unless you see something to the contrary, aside from some kind of private opinion based on random moments of who-knows-what, please wait until there is an indication that your assertions actually hold up under objective scrutiny.
Some of your issues are non-items, e.g. graduation rates: he hasn't even been here long enough to compile a record in that area yet.
|4 years 44 weeks ago||"Bo level of coach"||
caveat: I agree with the original post, and believe that Rodriguez should have a minimum of one more year.
On the other hand, a "Bo level coach" would not be a negative, assuming that Harbaugh could ever reach that level. My recollection of growing up during the Bo years, especially the 1970s, was of a supremely high level of performance, excluding the bowl games. I went back to consider his record, and would propose that, under the current BCS muddle, he could well have won a couple or few national championships during his tenure.
The big IF is contained in Harbaugh's potential, which is still rather unproven; his interest, which is entirely speculative; and Brandon's plan for coaching, which is as well-guarded as "American Idol" results.
|4 years 44 weeks ago||And, on top of those things ...||
"presided" - as an absentee AD, at least as perceived by many - over a public s**t storm of a coaching search that involved a ton of negative press over the buyout, the lawsuit over the same, the not-very-subtle undertone of conflict among alumni, etc. Perhaps some of these things were outside of Martin's control; on the other hand, there seemed to be no firm grip on where the program was going.
This is one of my concerns with Brandon's semi-silent approach, although it's possible that he is operating more clearly behind the scenes to insure that we don't go through another float in the toilet.
Just need to repeat on a regular basis, "It's only college football."
|4 years 44 weeks ago||And we||
(along with various empirical data) disagree with Mr. Arnett.
|4 years 45 weeks ago||Second the Death Sentence||
Also would impose same sentence on the insistence that Harbaugh would be unwilling/incapable of using Denard in either a modified pro-set or spread offense.
|4 years 45 weeks ago||Not to mention||
the see-through girly tights they're wearing - or are they dirty fishnet stockings?
But we essentially hate them because they are tOSU
|4 years 45 weeks ago||That's right ...||
Bring in Harbaugh - he'll make those catches; kick beyond the end zone every time; never fumble; prevent all injuries ...
Go find yourself another team to denigrate.
|4 years 45 weeks ago||Stating the Obvious||
Stay home and watch from the safety of your living room.
|4 years 45 weeks ago||Applies even to many of us locals||
If people didn't post references to this garbage (along with absurdly obvious headings such as "Drew Sharp (or fill in the blank)" is a (fill in the blank), thousands of us would not know it existed. No need to be in Florida to be blissfully ignorant.
|4 years 45 weeks ago||Please||
Would someone put this thread out of our misery and kill it?
|4 years 45 weeks ago||Like a Duck||
For answers regarding why people believe you to be a troll, and not "adding to the conversation," see the collective comments of those who have been members longer than 45 minutes.
The bottom line: Walking, quacking, swimming, pecking at garbage - it's a duck.
Besides, if you've paid any attention, RR is not Kiffin, Petrino, etc., despite the vitriole accusing him of their kinds of hi-jinks.
Never mind - these rumors are not worthy of all this attention.
What a waste.
|4 years 46 weeks ago||Thumped?||
I would hardly say that Iowa thumped us, and MSU is debatable. OK, so I won't argue with you about Wisconsin, but that's one out of three.
Besides, we beat an improved (substantially) Illinois team, and Purdue on the road.
Maybe recruits are seeing something better from their perspective.
|4 years 46 weeks ago||Escapades||
The escapades came pre-marriage: two pregnancies in, what, less than two years? No problem with what comes after marriage.
|4 years 46 weeks ago||The Pick Six||
Interestingly enough, the radio commentators noted, erroneously, that "Denard threw behind the receiver - that's a pretty unusual thing for him."
They're obviously not reading the right blogs, and don't have the memory or analytical skills to figure out patterns themselves.
|4 years 46 weeks ago||Bagging?||
1. Nothing to do with Michigan; 2. everything to do with the typical ego-driven athlete (and I happen to like Brady and want him to succeed); 3. hard to believe that anyone in the 21st century would even use the word to describe a human relationship.
Frankly, Brady's escapades make him look like a hormone-slave.
|4 years 46 weeks ago||Three-three-five||
The whole less than sum of parts
|4 years 46 weeks ago||Only Broken||
Alas, bent defense
Lost elastic properties
Now merely broken
|4 years 46 weeks ago||Unfamiliar Terms||
Someone please explain the following terms and phrases:
Another Michigan interception
Five Wolverines were around the ball
(and so on)
My, but that video was simultaneously exhilarating and depressing.
|4 years 48 weeks ago||NB, from a Mac||
MGoBlog has flagged Microsoft as unsafe (and unreliable, and unreasonable, and un-useful, and big POS, and so on).
|5 years 3 weeks ago||Cloverleaf||
Cloverleaf has gone downhill - at this point, no better, and perhaps worse than your average Perkins.
Take it from my two kids, who will devour anything of a breakfast nature and come back for more, and who were entirely unimpressed with the offerings there.
But the bathroom comment holds true.
|5 years 3 weeks ago||MSU, "where they teach us to tie our shoes"||
The Facebook poster's own words. A sorry commentary on the quality and preparedness of students currently attending Sparty-Land U.
|5 years 19 weeks ago||OK,I'll bite||
How about, for the old-timers among us:
11. "Summertime Blues"
12. "Shakin' All Over"
13. "My Generation"
14. "Magic Bus"
from the Who's "Live at Leeds"?
Or any three consecutive tracks from "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band"
Or, less convincingly, perhaps:
"Highway 61 Revisited"
"Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues"
all from Dylan's "Highway 61 Revisited"
But only if you're over 50.
|5 years 33 weeks ago||Patented Move||
I counted three offensive rebounds for the entire game, which I attribute to an annoying habit of turning around and running back to set up on D like a person fleeing a tsunami. This happened countless times: Someone puts up a shot, the entire team bails.
And, while I'm at it, there were stretches during the late first, and mid-second, halves when the team simply decided to play 0 defense. Once they turned it up - which they did beautifully with about 7 minutes left, it was just about too late.
Not to mention Manny and Morris executing perfect drives to the basket and passing up the shot so that someone could miss a wide-openn 3.
And then there's - oh, never mind.
|5 years 34 weeks ago||You are a genius||
Just for taking the non-major accounting class. I, on the other hand, was stupid enough to take the general accounting (known as "weed them out") when I didn't have to, on the advice of a so- called friend. I may well have killed 10 million brain cells trying to keep up with the material on half or less of the time that the accounting geeks were spending per week.
|5 years 34 weeks ago||Forgot her name, bu||
I had a professor in 19th century European social history (can you say Marxism, various political upheavals, post-Enlightenment fallout, etc. - plenty of fodder for interesting material) who spent almost all her time talking about her favorite hobby, which was 16th century French furniture. Worst of all, the class was from 1-2:30 twice a week - right after lunch - and there was a group of four or five in the class who somehow found her tangents to be fascinating.
Lots of nap time gained, probably extending my life a few weeks.
|5 years 34 weeks ago||Gopher desperation ...||
... is implied. There is an undercurrent of hope among the Twin Cities sports media, perhaps understandable, and however unreasonable, that Henderson will stay at home.
|5 years 35 weeks ago||Yes - and no||
On the one hand, I think you're somewhat right about a generational change, but I think that's mostly in the attitudes of the media, many of the players and families, and the fans. The common thread, and perhaps operational principle, is a combination of expectations and scrutiny, along with the immediacy of internet journalism.
On the other hand, I disagree with your characterization of Rich Rodriguez as "fun-loving and loosy-goosy." In fact, I think he has many similarities to Bo, Lloyd, and others. He seems, in fact, to run a tight ship, to be tough on his players, and to have high standards both on and off the field. Where he is different, especially in his press conferences, I think he is displaying a desire to be accepted in what is an undeniably hostile environment, full of skeptical, microscope-weilding sharks (OK, a bit of exaggeration, perhaps). No doubt he is painfully aware of the whole "Michigan man" meme and its over interpretation, and responds to it, even unconsciously. It has to be a bitch to come here and put up with the collective ass-hattery of uninformed or vindictive (or both) critics, let alone to endure the pressure to win.
Otherwise, I don't think there is a clear-cut generation gap with the fans. I'm an old fart (first game in A2 was '73 OSU), and I'm fully expecting good things as Rodriguez progresses with his team.
Admittedly a small sample, but I think reasonably representative.
|5 years 37 weeks ago||Usually on the Friendly Side||
In my experience (lived there for many years and attended a variety of events) the crowd will be on the overall friendly side, although Gopher basketball fans are generally more passionate about the team than the football supporters are. You'll find it pretty loud, very close quarters. It's easy to engage in good-natured ribbing without fearing for your life or having your son subjected to Ohio State-type garbage. I was in the 'Dome for the famous Michigan comeback of '03 and had no problem, even being surrounded by disgusted Gophers.
The campus is nothing to brag about but, if you're staying around the Barn, there are quite a few decent, but dive-like, Asian restaurants in the Dinkytown area (try Shuang Chen on 4th St.).
As you're from Canada, no need for me to prattle on about the weather - it may well be ten or twenty degrees warmer than what you're used to.
And, if you're not too embarrassed, do your best to convince Goldy to spin his head for the crowd.
|5 years 38 weeks ago||OK, totally off-topic, but ...||
I keep seeing the Firesign Theater cover and wondering if you (as I was) were actually alive during their early years, or if you are a later listener - incredible that they are still around and have produced a bevy of albums. We used to spend hours re-playing, quoting, and laughing ourselves silly in our misspent youths.
Anyway, just curious.
|5 years 39 weeks ago||Small Correction||
"Was given," rather than "took."
|5 years 45 weeks ago||Can we just ...||
... do our best to ignore Steward Mandel, Lou Holtz, and the other Michigan haters and their lunatic ravings? Mandel's recent pieces have clearly been written to provoke return rants; they proceed from ignorance; are merely unfounded opinions (RR on the hot seat, only 1 or 2 percent of fans support RR, etc.); and reflect an inability to think beyond the reactive - what an idiot, unworthy of attention or response. I confess to having occasionally fallen into the trap of viewing and reading his train wreck of a column, but, as with the Freep and other crooked sources, no more.
|5 years 47 weeks ago||Agree with this, but ...||
... it seems like a convergence of a variety of factors. For example, I find Brian's Rock/Paper/Scissors metric an interesting, albeit slippery, subject for study. Do we find ourselves at the losing end of schemes more often than not? If so, does a large RPS deficiency point to a coaching, or to a talent, imbalance or, as is most likely, a combination of the two? So, if in a game against Purdue, the defensive coordinator continues to play his best corner 7 to 10 yards off the line of scrimmage such that Purdue is able to run approximately 50 simple ten yard out patterns, does that mean: a.) the coaches are stubborn; b.) the coaches are afraid of playing press because it means a lot of broken coverages (they don't trust a particular player); or c.) every attempt at one kind of defense exposes a different problem somewhere else.
The same question could be applied to the offense, where Wisconsin continually brought up their safeties to stop the run, essentially daring Michigan to go over the top - something that we rarely did. Does this mean that the coaches don't yet trust Forcier/the receivers?
No doubt the defense has all the issues that others have raised, but it would be interesting to be able to quantify the plusses/minuses involved in coaching decisions.
More RPS analysis, anyone?
|5 years 47 weeks ago||Small Correction||
Actually, the idea that the attendant was not identifiable is Martin's recollection. The accosted employee stated that "Martin became upset and 'used his right hand to forcibly grab Khan's windbreaker and gripped a large portion of Khan's DPS issued uniform windbreaker, the report said. Khan said the person then told him, I am the athletic director, I can go in.' He also said Martin grabbed his identification badge hanging around his neck, saying, "I want to know your name.'"
This doesn't look like someone who didn't know who he was manhandling.
Sounds like a mixture of typical corporate arrogance and overwhelming stress resulting from the current FB team's performance.
|5 years 47 weeks ago||Pretty Accurate Assessment||
It seems that this yours a pretty accurate assessment. From my observations, Tate has a set of fairly good moves that especially work when he has an idea of where he should be going (called plays, e.g.), but that are often slow to materialize when he's forced to think on his feet. According to his own self-evaluation, the game has begun to slow down (during the Illinois debacle, no less). It will be good to see the fruit of his catching up and see if the reads improve and the panic levels decrease.
|5 years 47 weeks ago||Does this really need a reply?||
I think the record is clear that he is both an experienced and successful head coach who happens to be an acknowledged near-genius to genius with regard to offensive creativity.
In addition, as pointed out on this blog and elsewhere, Rodriquez' defenses have generally performed at reasonably high levels, especially at West Virginia. Maybe a poll of Oklahoma's offensive personnel and coaches might turn up a different view of what kind of head coach he is.
Well, perhaps you just posted to see if anyone would rise to your bait. Mea culpa.