that is nice bonus change
|1 week 5 days ago||Agreed re Bloomington,||
Agreed re Bloomington, Indiana. Wayyyy underrated, especially when you consider Bloomington (Illinois) is 38.
|1 week 5 days ago||The top 3 on this list could||
The top 3 on this list could be in any order. I would put Madison at 1, followed by Ann Arbor, and then Boulder, but the one area that Boulder excels (skiing/outdoors) is not my thing.
Ames (5) versus Iowa City (9) is fairly amazing to me, but I admit I have never been to Ames. Iowa City is a blast.
Where this list breaks down entirely is the California analysis. Neither Santa Cruz nor Santa Barbara makes this list, but Claremont does. I have spent a bit of time in all three of these towns, particularly Claremont, and it is not even close. For a three block stretch, Claremont resembles a college town. But that is all you can say. It is the jewel of the Inland Empire, and the colleges are pretty, but it has a serious town/gown divide, and lacks both vitality and liveliness. But what is really just unconscionable is that Palo Alto does not crack the list. It is sterile, compared to places like Berkeley and Ann Arbor, but are there really 50 better college towns?
|4 weeks 1 day ago||Yoga||
Good call. I would skip the optional vinyasa and stay in downward-facing dog.
|7 weeks 2 days ago||I suggest the Whataburger||
I suggest the Whataburger Bowl. Three Phoenix locations, per google. A sly, and ironic nod to the late, great DFW, who presaged this era of corporate sponsorship run amok.
|22 weeks 2 days ago||When the author does not||
When the author does not frame the issue without imflammatory rhetoric, or drawing questionable analogies, that is when you know you have encountered flamebait (which is really clickbait).
|22 weeks 4 days ago||This is easily my favoirte||
This is easily my favoirte thread in quite some time.
|24 weeks 1 day ago||This is 100% a rumor planted||
This is 100% a rumor planted by Woodson's agent.
|24 weeks 1 day ago||That is a harder shot that it||
That is a harder shot that it looked like in real time. A runner in the middle of the paint, with all momentum carrying forward. Watch that replay again, just watching the shooter's feet, and how he twists his body. Sure, if you are living or dying by allowing those shots, it will be a short Tourament run, but that is a lower percentage shot than a pull-up, under control, jumper, or allowing him to go all the way to the rim.
|24 weeks 1 day ago||I'd rather play Ohio than the||
I'd rather play Ohio than the Huskers. What has hurt Michigan this year is teams with quick guards who can penetrate and/or hit 3's. Gallegos/Petteway have that slash/splash look, not so much Ohio.
|24 weeks 1 day ago||Well, Michigan loses if GRIII||
Well, Michigan loses if GRIII does not drill the three to bring them to within 1.
|24 weeks 1 day ago||Inside D got even worse when||
Inside D got even worse when Morgan went out with 4 fouls.
They secured the 2 seed with the win. Anything else is now frosting.
|24 weeks 1 day ago||Actually thought it was good||
Actually thought it was good defense at the end there. Levert over-extend, over-playing the jump shot and taking it away, and then Michigan had help at the rim. Left the offensive player with only a runner, when he wanted to either pull up or go to the rim.
Still: luck haz a blue hue this morning (Pacific time).
|28 weeks 1 day ago||I take your point re||
I take your point re differing standards for acceptable conduct, but this I think you have to apply a reasonableness standard (reasonableness may vary a bit by the workplace, i.e. what's reasonable for bartenders in Vegas may not be for officer workers here in SF). I think we agree Richie crossed it here.
|28 weeks 1 day ago||Did you actually read the||
Did you actually read the report? The activity described there is not typical. It goes way beyond ribbing, or even hazing. It is way over the line.
|28 weeks 1 day ago||Agree 100%. Here is a link||
Agree 100%. Here is a link to a summary of the worst of it. This would get you reprimanded, perhaps even fired, in any workplace in America. And rightfully so. You have to forget this is a lockerroom, or football. It is also a workplace, your teammates are co-workers, and the activities and insults described here are totally beyond the pale.
|28 weeks 2 days ago||That is just delusional, on||
That is just delusional, on the Pistons' part.
|29 weeks 4 days ago||That place just looks like||
That place just looks like college.
In my first years on campus, I usually went to Village Corner, and in later years Big 10 party store. Now Blue Front and Big 10 are gone, and VC moved away from campus. Brutal.
|30 weeks 2 days ago||That is awesome. It has been||
That is awesome. It has been a difficult three months for the Board, but things like this are why I keep coming back.
|30 weeks 4 days ago||"If they don't like the deal,||
"If they don't like the deal, they have every right to enter the free market & sell their skills there." Not according to the United States Court of Appeal for the Second Circuit, they don't. Athletes have fought that battle and lost. The NFL and NBA, at the NCAA's request, require athletes to have post-high school experience. College players are barred from the relevant labor markets due to dubious regulatory concerns.
If you are truly a free-market thinker here, you say let colleges pay stars according to their potential value to the program. What you are supporting is actually a captured regulatory state.
|30 weeks 6 days ago||We Still||
We Still On
|30 weeks 6 days ago||Rewatching the last ten||
Rewatching the last ten minutes. Levert and Stauskus got fouled on back to back possessions around the 4 minute mark. Beilein is rightfully livid.
|30 weeks 6 days ago||Breslin is burning...||
Breslin is burning...
|31 weeks 2 days ago||It's an OJ injury (he||
It's an OJ injury (he supposedly did a similar thing once he had learned his wife had been murdered, thereby providing plausible counter-explanation for injured hand).
|36 weeks 1 day ago||Regarding (2), what was the||
Regarding (2), what was the issue with the Florida State game? Ugly loss, and the idea was that heads should roll?
|36 weeks 1 day ago||I make no attempt to say||
I make no attempt to say these are objective, but here are my most memorable moments:
1. Spike Albrecht's first half of the NCAA title game
2. Going for two at the end of the Ohio game
3. The Gardner/Gallon show against Notre Dame
4. The no-call to end the Niners/Ravens Superbowl
5. The goal line stand at the end of the Akron-Michigan game
6. Trey Burke's steal to ice the win against Michigan State
7. Papi's grandslam in the ALCS
8. Wisconsin half-court shot to force OT at Wisconsin, and OT loss
9. Trey Burke's deep 3 against Kansas in the Sweet 16
10. Missed field goals in OT against Penn State
Looking back there are more highs in an otherwise shittastic year than it felt like going through, but many of the football losses were just numbing and/or expected.
|36 weeks 2 days ago||And if goes back on his word||
And if goes back on his word and takes the Texas job, he will have taken Bo's name and words in vain, and God help him then.
|36 weeks 2 days ago||That is a remarkably upbeat||
That is a remarkably upbeat way of looking at it. Good to see the DOOM has not got to everyone.
|36 weeks 3 days ago||LOL at the idea that the guy||
LOL at the idea that the guy is in line for a "big pay day." Who do you think has more of an incentive to lie: D J-K because he is "bitter"? Or Iowa and Ferentz to protect their multi-million dollar position, and largest revenue generating enterprise, respectively? It is a text-book PR move to paint a whistle-blower as someone who is "bitter," and has an "axe to grind."
Without knowing the quality of the information here it is hard to judge, but at the very least I say have an open mind.
|36 weeks 4 days ago||Just seems to me like he||
Just seems to me like he would be USC's to lose. Even getting him to visit would be a surprise to me. West coast kids with pro ambitions should give Michigan serious consideration though. NFL schedules keep you on the move.
|36 weeks 5 days ago||Generous. But then I would||
Generous. But then I would not want to play Michigan as an #8. The schedule really eases up the next month and this is could be the lowest point in terms of projected seeding.
|36 weeks 5 days ago||I miss the Hell out of the||
I miss the Hell out of the years Lloyd Carr coached Michigan. I especially miss the years Michigan went 11-2, including 2006. I was in Pasadena on January 1, 2007 when Michigan played USC in the Rose Bowl, at a party on the golf course with dozens of friends and classmates, and I did not for one second think about where Ohio State was going for the Holidays. I would a billion times rather lose the Rose Bowl than win the Good Ol' Wild Wings Strip Mall Classic.
|37 weeks 1 day ago||I was in West Quad, watching||
I was in West Quad, watching the Michigan/Duke game and Heisman trophy presentation. I bet you got some blowback in Tennessee. I visited Nashville last fall, and people were still pissed off about the Heisman--it was the first thing that came up when I mentioned I was a Michigan guy. Of course, I think Fulmer retaliated by voting Michigan #8 in the final Coach's poll at the end of the season.
|37 weeks 1 day ago||Happy Burday and LET'S BEAT||
Happy Burday and LET'S BEAT ZONA!
|37 weeks 1 day ago||Both my parents have been||
Both my parents have been through this. Best wishes to you and your family.
|37 weeks 1 day ago||Devin Gardner, Copper Bowl||
Devin Gardner, Copper Bowl MVP.
|37 weeks 2 days ago||This is quite a piece of||
This is quite a piece of inner dialouge right here. I miss the late 1990's, and in particular Michigan football during that era.
|37 weeks 2 days ago||When you really get down to||
When you really get down to it, that was the Golden Era. Five Rose Bowls in seven years from 1986-1992, Michigan won two, and you had the pater-fucking-familias alive and well.
|37 weeks 2 days ago||Medora, man this is dark.||
Medora, man this is dark. Guys, you gotta reverse the ball and flash the middle to beat a press! I put part of that on the coaching. Worth the download. There are still some places in Michigan that remind me of Medora.
|37 weeks 3 days ago||+1 for incorporating SF in||
+1 for incorporating SF in your handle
|37 weeks 3 days ago||I vote Devin Garnder as||
I vote Devin Garnder as Copper Bowl MVP
|37 weeks 3 days ago||No, there was the 2003||
No, there was the 2003 Outback Bowl win, the 2004 B1G title, the win over Penn State in 2005, the 2006 season, and the 2008 Citrus win. 2005 had an all-too-familiar ring, but I put the decline more in the 2007-2008 period. In 2006 Michigan was one fifteen yard penalty, a scoring drive, and a stop away from playing for the title, and was as talented as any team in the country.
|37 weeks 3 days ago||A little digging suggests||
A little digging suggests that Copper Bowl logo is trademarked, by the (presumably dissolved) Copper Bowl Foundation, and the link below gives contact information for a defunct law firm.
I would 10X much rather have a Copper Bowl shirt than a BWW Bowl shirt. Any takers on contacting the guy and asking for permission to license the logo for a small batch of shirts?
|37 weeks 3 days ago||I imagine the Copper Bowl||
I imagine the Copper Bowl logo was at one time trademarked. I wonder if someone (BWW?) owns the Copper Bowl trademarks?
Then of course you have the issue of licensing the University logos.
But if you made a maize and blue shirt that said "CU at the Copper Bowl" you might be fine.** I would buy one.
**None of the foregoing represents, reflects, or is intended to be legal advice, or to be used, relied upon, or retransmitted as such.
|37 weeks 4 days ago||As much as you have to tip||
As much as you have to tip your hat to Sparty for winning the B1G, they are, and have always been, a bunch of car-flipping, couchburning cretins.
|37 weeks 4 days ago||Good grief, that looks like||
Good grief, that looks like some unholy cross of a teddy bear, a varmit, and the Big Bad Wolf. Still, gotta give it the edge in a hypothetical matchup with that Wildcat.
|37 weeks 4 days ago||Don't get me wrong there are||
Don't get me wrong there are some seriously funny scenes in both movies, the second in particular.
|37 weeks 4 days ago||Oh, it's on now my||
Oh, it's on now my clodhopping Wildcat friend!
|37 weeks 4 days ago||Saw both of their feature||
Saw both of their feature films, vaguely hoping it would be something like Strangebrew, eh. The second one where they get out of prison and try to pull off the Big Dirty, which winds up being some harebrained scheme to steal quarters, is the best one.
|37 weeks 4 days ago||These things never work out||
These things never work out in a pat way. It is more likely that if Brown is out, Texas ends up with Will (don't call me Zook) Muscamp, and Texas fans are absolutely apopletic.
|37 weeks 4 days ago||This rumor just won't quit.||
This rumor just won't quit. Are Auburn fans behind this?
|37 weeks 4 days ago||Gallon had a great year,||
Gallon had a great year, statistically one of the best ever for a Michigan receiver, but I would have to go with Gardner for the MVP. Heart and soul of the team.
|37 weeks 4 days ago||Oh man, what happened to the||
Oh man, what happened to the Half-Ass? Probably ate there 50 times my Freshman year.
|37 weeks 4 days ago||That's a good point--the||
That's a good point--the assumption is that Clemson/OU send more folks to Miami/New Orleans. Would be interested to see whether historic BCS ticket sales bear that out. (Just on the basis of sheer proximity, I would tend to accept the premise.)
|37 weeks 4 days ago||The Pac-12 slate is not that||
The Pac-12 slate is not that bad. Really the only bowl the Big 10 has that is clearly more high profile is the Citrus. Holiday usually sees a better matchup than the Outback (this year even the Alamo is as good as the Outback), and this year the Pac-12 slate includes UCLA and Va. Tech in the Liberty.
Another question is whether Oregon deserved the second BCS spot. They were ranked ahead of OU and Clemson. To me, Oregon had the slight edge over Clemson. Although neither team had a signature win, the Pac-12 was overall a tougher league. (Maybe having players whine about the Rose Bowl hurt Oregon with the bowl selectors?)
|37 weeks 5 days ago||I am choosing to look at the||
I am choosing to look at the bright side of this. A late Saturday tilt is prime time on the West Coast, and prime bar time on the East Coast. Michigan has never won this bowl before, and has never played Kansas State. I am putting aside all my anti-BWW sentiments, and hoping for one helluva Copper Bowl.
|37 weeks 5 days ago||Michigan 37, KSU 28. Close||
Michigan 37, KSU 28. Close game broken open a bit in the 4th quarter.
|37 weeks 6 days ago||LSAT w00000000000000t. Hope||
LSAT w00000000000000t. Hope you rocked it. Good luck.
|37 weeks 6 days ago||2007 Leras Family pinot from||
2007 Leras Family pinot from Papapietro Perry. Smoking good. Smoking fucking good. Also watching 5 Year Engagement. I live in SF. I went to Michigan. I have been engaged for 4+ years. Somebody STOLE MY LIFE. Well, sort of. Kind of funny movie.
|37 weeks 6 days ago||Yeah that is right. I am not||
Yeah that is right. I am not sure why they get so pissed about it. I mean, we're saying that we are bros.
|37 weeks 6 days ago||That sign is pretty fucking||
That sign is pretty fucking funny. Good for Sparty. I tried rooting for Ohio, and it did not feel right. Sparty played a Hell of a game and they are going to the Rose Bowl. I have friends and family who are Sparty. They are probably so happy right now.
|38 weeks 4 hours ago||Right, that's exactly it.||
Right, that's exactly it. Most Sparties I know, in addition to being complete idiots, will have ridiculous views about sports generally (e.g., "Lions are going to the Superbowl," every fucking single year).
|38 weeks 4 hours ago||Staee||
|38 weeks 5 hours ago||Ohio, for sure. More||
Ohio, for sure. More obnoxious, but I can respect that. Sparty fans are more annoying, however, as they have a delusional view of how Sparty figures into the sporting world. They are the least informed, most undereducated bunch of pissants in all of sports. I hope Ohio absolutely tunes them today.
|38 weeks 21 hours ago||Ranger IPA with Andrew W.K.||
Ranger IPA with Andrew W.K. Pre-game time.
|38 weeks 1 day ago||Yep. Silver Lake has some||
Yep. Silver Lake has some great music spots (like Spaceland) that are hipstered to the max. Dudes from that scene (e.g., Beck and Eiliot Smith) are/were pretty much hipsters, before that was even a meme. Santa Monica and West Hollywood have become more hipster/foodie since I left.
|38 weeks 1 day ago||I will be having flashbacks||
I will be having flashbacks to last weekend in Ann Arbor. Zingerman's. Roadhouse. Bells Two-Hearted. Sweetwater's. 8-Ball. Rabbit sausage polenta at the Earle.
Roadhouse buttermilk fried chicken, for the table. At brunch.
I can't get Ann Arbor out of my mind. My heart.
On a separate note, 8-Ball no longer really smells as much like puke in the stairwell as it used to. And the '98 Rose Bowl poster is nowhere to be found.
|38 weeks 1 day ago||A very good situation for||
A very good situation for Peterson to walk into. Sark has recruited very well, and UW is in better shape now than at any time in the last 10 years. I think he would have left earlier, had his predecessor at Boise, Hawkins, not flamed out at Colorado.
|38 weeks 1 day ago||If not wanting to live in LA||
If not wanting to live in LA makes someone a hipster...
Well, I'll put it this way. I lived in LA for several years, and (1) there are hipsters galore in LA, and (2) you could do sooo much worse than hanging out with the hipsters.
|38 weeks 1 day ago||Aside from his penchant for||
Aside from his penchant for making off-color comments (which would actually be funny if were not the president of a major university), he was a successful president by many metrics. He was loved at Ohio and Vanderbilt, and is known as being an excellent fund-raiser.
The curious thing is that he was criticized at Vanderbilt for not supporting sports, especially football--he reorganized the athletic department--and at Ohio he was criticized for being overly deferential to sports. He did whatever it was he believed was in the best interests of his constitutents, nothing more.
He is a Wall Street/CEO type president, with an outsized persona and a penchant for getting attention, and funding. That is not going to work with many institutions (he was not liked at Brown), but this may work for West Virginia.
|38 weeks 1 day ago||100% best site on the||
100% best site on the Internets. It has been a hard season, and I do not think it has brought out the best in anyone. Keep chopping wood Brian, Seth, et al.
|38 weeks 2 days ago||Well, I think the Naked Mile||
Well, I think the Naked Mile got banned, but that used to be it for me. Now it's maybe Hash Bash? Cornell has Slope Day, Princeton once had the Nude Olympics.
You know, there may be something to the idea that many of these year-end celebrations that were traditions for decades started in the 1960s, with the collective desire by students of that generation to be free from repressive social norms, and then were crushed by university administration 30-40 years later, often by administrators from that same generation that started the traditions to begin with.
Here is a link to an article that discusses some traditions similar to the Naked Mile. Many seem connected to the end of the year. Many are now banned.
|38 weeks 2 days ago||Is that Willie Meggs wearing||
Is that Willie Meggs wearing an FSU colored tie?
|38 weeks 2 days ago||How you answer this question||
How you answer this question is really just a function of what your pre-existing belief is regarding the SEC.
There is not enough meaningful data on these teams to judge.
You could just as easily challenge the premise of your question than accept it. Mizzou went 5-7 last year, and did not play either Bama or Auburn in the regular season this year, where their biggest wins are against 8-4 ATM and 8-4 Georgia. ATM went 8-4 this year, and 10-2 last year, when they beat Bama. Aside from the Bama win, in 2012 ATM lost their other two tough SEC games, and their biggest conference win was over 8-5 Miss. State. This year ATM lost to every ranked conference team it played, and its biggest win was 8-4 Vandy.
|38 weeks 2 days ago||It is really hard to separate||
It is really hard to separate myth from reality regarding the quality of the SEC, because the media (especially ESPN, who has a vested interest) have helped shape perception, but there is also the fact that the SEC is 8-0 in BCS title games, 9-0 if you count the Bama-LSU rematch.
That type of success is what is at the root of the 'confirmatory bias' shown by the media.
|38 weeks 2 days ago||Most of the details you would||
Most of the details you would need to know to make an assessment were not made public. I found it odd that the alleged victim could not identify him, but the sex was supposedly consensual per the defendant, making it unlikely the two knew one another prior to the encounter.
If I had to guess I would say no charges, due to the timing, and the presser. Were he to be charged, I would have expected the investigation to go into the new year.
|38 weeks 2 days ago||20 or 21 wins seems likely||
20 or 21 wins seems likely based on the remaining schedule, which may get M a 6 or 7 seed.
But I could seem an improvement on this prediction, considering injuries to McGary and Stauskus have hurt so far. There have been vast stretches of games this year, especially the UNC-C and Duke games, where the offense just looked so lost that I can just as well see a bubble year.
|38 weeks 2 days ago||If your idea of good taste is||
If your idea of good taste is meathead shit like BWW I can't help you, and that is not where I spent 7 years of my life.
|38 weeks 2 days ago||OK, but over 28,000 people||
OK, but over 28,000 people are employed by the University, making the town dependent on the prestige and attraction of Ann Arbor as a college town. http://www.annarbor.com/business-review/ann-arbor-areas-25-largest-compa...
The more Ann Arbor resembles some anonymous suburban space like Columbus, Ohio, the less attractive it is, at least to me.
|38 weeks 3 days ago||All I am saying is that if it||
All I am saying is that if it is going to be sold to private enterprise, said enterprise show a little bit of imagination, initiative, and taste.
|38 weeks 3 days ago||Looked at a map, and that's||
Looked at a map, and that's right, as far as being on campus goes. South of the golf course has never been anything but industrial park/shopping center/box hotels. Discontinuous from campus, even if it is contiguous with it. But I don't know, would it kill anyone to open a brew pub/biergarten there, with another Zingerman's venture in the mix?
|38 weeks 3 days ago||Ann Arbor is a college town,||
Ann Arbor is a college town, and we are talking about campus here. The Arbor Hills shops are more geared towards 30-something soccer moms. http://shoparborhills.com/
J. Jill, Lululemon, juice bars, a second Cafe Zola (which is actually pretty cool, at least in theory, but I have never been there). Nothing against that, especially as it is off campus, but it is not college town stuff.
Part of what makes Ann Arbor special to me is that it has places like Sweetwaters, Zingerman's, Dominick's, 8Ball that exist in Ann Arbor, and nowhere else, and are of Ann Arbor. When I was back for the Game I noticed chain or at least chain-looking bar/restaurants left and right, in between Main and State Street. Now, one or two of those places may serve some useful purpose, like drawing 100s of Buckeye fans away from the places I like to go, but there reaches a point where those places detract from the character of Ann Arbor.
|38 weeks 3 days ago||Commerical developments in||
Commerical developments in that part of town have yielded things like Buffalo Wild Wings, or some other awful place geared towards servicing mouthbreathers visiting town for football games. It's not like a cool place is likely to move in. Let UofM have it and use it as a socialist indoctrination center, that would be more of a public service than another goddamn place like Buffalo Wild Wings.
|38 weeks 3 days ago||Not close for me either. I||
Not close for me either. I will always remember where I was, what I was doing, when Michigan won in '89. Beating Ohio, even when they are favored, is not such an event.
|38 weeks 4 days ago||DeBord was prone to similar||
DeBord was prone to similar Lazurus like performances within an otherwise moribund offensive output. For example, the 2008 Citrus Bowl, 2006 Notre Dame game, and 2006 Ohio game. This is the same team that put up 18 in the 2006 Rose Bowl, was held to 17 in the 2006 Penn State game, and struggled through an injury plagued 2007.
|38 weeks 4 days ago||I once disagreed strongly||
I once disagreed strongly with these types of sentiments. But that was back when the Citrus Bowl had people whinging. And before Dave Brandon incorporated and monetized our traditions, and turned the Big House into a garish evocation of the football industrial complex.
|39 weeks 3 days ago||Brandon is a little late on||
Brandon is a little late on this. By the way, who do you think is spreading those rumors that Hoke may be fired? (If you guessed staff members of programs who are also recruiting Jabril Peppers, you win the prize!)
|39 weeks 3 days ago||I like it||
Reclaiming history from the end of the '94 Colorado game.
|39 weeks 6 days ago||The theory that Hoke is a||
The theory that Hoke is a "coordinator coach" only works insofar has his coordinator picks pan out. And if that's true it should be clear to Hoke he needs to make a change.
But Michigan's problems go beyond scheme. The 2013 team is to blocking what the 2010 team was to tackling.
|39 weeks 6 days ago||I hope he has a better||
I hope he has a better situation next year. I suppose the silver lining is that I can't imagine the line being worse (although without Scofield/Lewan it could be as bad, right?).
|39 weeks 6 days ago||It should be clear to anyone||
It should be clear to anyone by now that Miles to Michigan is just not going to happen. Folks have been saying that since the 2007 season; this is the Rumor that Won't Die.
|39 weeks 6 days ago||An interesting perspective.||
An interesting perspective. Having followed Michigan football throughout the 90s, it really wasn't until the '97 season that there was no longer this feeling of nostalgia for the 80s. In that decade, Michigan won two Rose Bowls, beat Nebraska in the Fiesta Bowl, won five Big Ten titles. Bo also beat Notre Dame, Miami, Florida State, USC, and Nebraska, who were the other power programs from that era.
In the 90s, Michigan had four loss seasons from 1993 to 1996. That stretch was followed by ten win seasons from 1997 to 1999.
After the State game, I still had faith that Hoke was the guy, and expected improvement over the last four games. At this point it is clear to me that improvement is not going to happen this year, and what comes next is that Hoke has a 'must win' year where all the tough games are going to be on the road. Hard to be enthusiastic about those odds, I am afraid.
|39 weeks 6 days ago||I'll be there. First time at||
I'll be there. First time at the Game since 2005. But to be honest I am looking forward more to Zingerman's Roadhouse and drinking Bells than the Game. Two Hearted!!! W00000t. TWO FUCKING HEARTED!!!!!!
|40 weeks 3 days ago||I think what happened is that||
I think what happened is that Carter-Williams is further along than the Sixers thought he'd be, and they really do not need a mid-priced backup.
|40 weeks 4 days ago||Bot 4 together off Stubhub,||
Bot 4 together off Stubhub, which would have probably otherwise gone to the Bucks.
|42 weeks 1 day ago||Had a Bell's Double Cream||
Had a Bell's Double Cream Stout last night. Wish there were more of that out here.
|42 weeks 1 day ago||Pete's Holiday Blend, it||
Pete's Holiday Blend, it being the AM still and all.
|42 weeks 1 day ago||Really? Grow the fuck up.||
Really? Grow the fuck up.
|42 weeks 1 day ago||I think that is spot on re||
I think that is spot on re bullying destroying unity. It breeds resentment, reflects a lack of leadership, and, having been in many lockerrooms, winning teams do not do this. Separate and apart from that, an NFL lockerrom is a workplace, and Dolphins management has duties to its employees.
I never, ever thought I would be doing this, but this quote from (gasp) Terrelle Pryor sums it up. Leaders on teams should stop harrassment, not aid or abet it. http://www.raiders.com/news/article-1/Pryor-Looking-Forward-to-Giants-Ga...
From watching him play a bit here in SF, and as reflected in his words here, Pryor has matured.
|42 weeks 1 day ago||Some good observations here,||
Some good observations here, but I think overblown, and most will reject the premise that NFL locker rooms adopt prison culture, and this comparison goes too far. I imagine Incognito's teammates are supporting him because they feel having him back gives them the best chance to win. Those other cultural points are more subtextual. To me reading this is refreshing in comparison to the ESPN Incognito apologist party line that is spewed on Sports Center, which is just sickening to me.
|42 weeks 2 days ago||The Crean hotseat talk||
The Crean hotseat talk surprised me. I understand the logic, but Crean is pulling steady talent as good as any time in Indiana's history. Indiana has become the Kentuckey of the B1G.
|42 weeks 2 days ago||Chips are moving the ball.||
Chips are moving the ball. Fumbled once in Ball State territory, and threw an INT. Still, they can cut it to 14 with a score here. Jeff Quinn (former B. Kelly assistant now 7-2 at Buffalo) was available when they hired Enos. Enos is doing just enough to avoid the Ziggy, but just barely. Plus, he's a goob on the level with Bo Pelini, in my book.
EDIT: third turnover. OK, time to go to the gym
|42 weeks 2 days ago||Utah and Colorado are both||
Utah and Colorado are both better cultural fits. Pac-12 markets itself as a "progressive" conference, on the cutting edge of science & etc. Berkeley, UCLA, Oregon would probably not be thrilled. Big 12 is a better fit for BYU, but I am not sure that provides the same economic incentive.
|42 weeks 2 days ago||Poinsettia has an automatic||
Poinsettia has an automatic tie-in with Army for 2013, and with the MWC through 2014, so this is how they roll. I wonder how often the television contract is re-negotiated? It could be a used as leverage to increase the pay out, and negotiate a more high-profile tie-in.
On the other side of the ledger, BYU really has to be hating that Utah is in the Pac-12, with its automatic tie-ins and revenue share, and it has to make these types of pre-commitments to secure a bowl spot. (But then, they do not have to split the payout with a conference.) In 2011, it went 9-3 with wins at Ole Miss and Oregon State and ended up in the Bell Helicopter Bowl.
|42 weeks 3 days ago||My dad is at this point. He||
My dad is at this point [edit: this is in response to Mgrowold's post]. He never even reached this stage during the Rodriguez years. At least we could talk about the games. Now we talk about the Tigers or the Red Wings on game days. I think I understand. Mediocre football beats bad football, but is not Michigan football, nor the standards of success for this program; being better than Rodriguez, while necessary, is not sufficient.
I can respect where you guys are coming from, but there is a difference between mediocrity and inconsistency. If this were a senior led team, I would be more concerned. Generally speaking, Michigan is short experience on offense, and lacks stars on defense. This can only improve.
|42 weeks 3 days ago||Not anticipating anything||
Not anticipating anything else. Is anyone actually looking forward to seeing this team play? This feels like watching the hockey team for most of last year: something you do out of momentum and loyalty without getting one single thing in return (unless you're playing Indiana). After the ND game this team has been torture to watch, mostly passive on D and discombobulated on O. There are jolly crappy teams (again, Indiana) and dour ones; Michigan is emphatically the latter.
Yes, this is definitely the worst part. Apart from the Minnesota game, this is spot on. The Akron and UCONN games had the darkly surreal 2008 edge to them. The Penn State game had a painful beginning, and OT was an unwatchable farce. The Indiana game was a sickening roller coaster ride, made even sicker by its resemblance to the 2010 Illinois game (which was an affront to Bo style football). I was not looking forward to the Sparty game, and did not enjoy watching it.
Thinking back to those mediocre teams from the 1990s, it was not like this. If Michigan were going to lose, it would be hard-fought, and a damn memorable loss. But watching the team was almost always enjoyable, even when the ending was tragic. The losses were Classic, Shakespearean even.
I have not lost hope in this team, or in this Coach, but game days have stopped being an enjoyable experience.
|42 weeks 3 days ago||He had two solid runs in a||
He had two solid runs in a row in the 4th quarter of the Niners game that was played in London, finishing with 4 carries. He got up the field. Wish the Jags would throw to him out of the backfield.
|42 weeks 3 days ago||Good call on Florida State.||
Good call on Florida State. That is a long memory, my man. Before that 1991 game, Michigan had never been handled by a speedy team from the south. They dropped a heartbreaker to Miami in 1988, lost to Charles Rodgers in 1980, but a 20 point loss was virtually unheard of during the Bo Era.
|42 weeks 3 days ago||Sugar against Clemson.||
Sugar against Clemson. Remote, to say the least, as it would likely require both Michigan and Clemson to get at-large bids. But it would be historic (as Michigan has never played Clemson), would warrant a week-long binge on New Orleans cuisine, and would also be an exciting match-up.
As a more realistic alternative I would like to see LSU in the Outback. This would be a difficult match-up, I know, but would again be historic.
|42 weeks 4 days ago||A true statistic, but a bit||
A true statistic, but a bit misleading. Denard carried the ball 20 times for 96 yards last year, and Michigan outrushed Michigan State (Fitz had 10 for 52 yards). From 2009 to 2012, Michigan had a scheme with a running quarterback. As with the article generally, it is overly dramatic and emphasizes rhetoric over analysis.
|42 weeks 4 days ago||Yes, this lack of development||
Yes, this lack of development criticism goes all the way back to Lloyd Carr. I remember the hullaballo after the 2005 season when Michigan did not have many guys drafted from a young 7-5 team. But Hoke has been the coach only two and a half years, and in that time none of his recruits have even been eligible for the draft. There is simply not any meaningful data here. For what it's worth, there has been an uptick in the last two years with Denard, Hemingway, Martin, Campbell, Molk, and Kovacs (of course, these are Carr and Rodriguez guys).
|42 weeks 4 days ago||The sour grapes would be the||
The sour grapes would be the recruiting battles the Buckeyes lost in 2012 and 2013. The author implies that Michigan is doing nothing with all this "clay," ignoring that it is way to early to make this type of assessment (and also that some big recruits like Funchess are doing just fine, thank you). It's a hopelessly slanted piece of sophistry that does nothing but elaborate obvious points and poke fun at Michigan's players. If you find yourself agreeing with this dreck, you have lost hope. I am not there.
|42 weeks 4 days ago||Overstatements abound, as||
Overstatements abound, as would be expected, especially concerning the supposed lack of player development (ignoring Jake Ryan, Ramon Taylor, Brendan Gibbons, Frank Clark). It is too early to assess the molding of 4 and 5 star talent brought in by Hoke over the last years, and the discussion of player development smacks of butt-hurt from recruiting battles Michigan has won since then. This is simply cleverly disguised propaganda rather than any sort of neutral analysis, or a 'fresh' perspective.
|42 weeks 4 days ago||I feel too close to||
I feel too close to Michigan's disasterous 2008 season, not to mention uncomfortable wins against Akron and UCONN, to really take sport in Purdue's struggles. But... firing the Mustache can't seem like a good idea right now. If you don't have a mustache, and/or look like Wilfred Brimely playing a cop, you are going to struggle at Purdue. (Of course, Joe Tiller had both going for him, and Hope looks like a cop, and would have aged into the very picture of Brimely).
|42 weeks 4 days ago||How much worse? Imagine if a||
How much worse? Imagine if a Michigan QB put up a Russel Bellomy versus Nebraska type performance in that game. Gardner is also built to withstand the beating any QB was going to take under the circumstances, and kept it interesting up until throwing a pick at the Sparty 3 yard line. If that drive somehow goes another way (and it looked for a moment like it may), it's a different game. With all due respect to Shane Morris, I am not sure he would have been able to carry the team under the conditions Michigan faced on Saturday.
|42 weeks 4 days ago||If Sparty is truly as good as||
If Sparty is truly as good as they looked last Saturday, this is a solid premise. Under this scenario Michigan got beat by one of the better defenses in the country, more or less by losing man-to-man battles between young and experienced blockers and talented and experienced defenders, as is illustrated in your post.
It is truly hard to get perspective mid-season, after a disappointing loss in a rivalry game, but generally speaking this is where I come down as well. (Michigan didn't do anything necessarily bone-headed gameplan wise, like run Touissant 20+ times.)
I just hope the team is putting the game behind them and focusing on the opportunities coming up.
|42 weeks 5 days ago||Man, did you see the||
Man, did you see the Vancouver hockey riots in 1994 and 2011? Most American states have not seen civil unrest like that.
|42 weeks 5 days ago||Agreed. He has a lot of||
Agreed. He has a lot of youth around him. But he gives Michigan a chance to win every game left on the schedule.
|42 weeks 5 days ago||You wouldn't want to pair a||
You wouldn't want to pair a blue with a bordeaux, unless you are talking about a Sauternes. But I would suggest going even sweeter and stickier with a blue; like maybe a late-harvest viognier, or late harvest sav. blanc, from California. Even sweet whites from Bordeaux have acidity that will work against the bite from that Shropshire every time.
|42 weeks 5 days ago||Don't we wish. But maybe||
Don't we wish. But maybe when viewed from the eyes of a visiting team over the last three years? In any event, beat the Huskers!
|42 weeks 5 days ago||Brandon's stated rationale||
Brandon's stated rationale for firing Rodriguez is fair enough--in the final reckoning, it is those big games that determine whether you are successful at Michigan. Rodriguez would have had more time to prove his case had he been able to win the games against weak or mediocre opponents: Toledo, Notre Dame, Purdue, Illinois in 2008; Purdue, Sparty, and Illinois in 2009; Penn State and Iowa in 2010.
Aiming for the top is what you do at Michigan, but you get there over the course of coaching a team up through the Minnesotas, Purdues, etc. Winning those games sets up opportunities for the red letter games. For example, losing to Sparty in a year where they may have their best team since '87 is foregivable if Michigan can win the winnable games.
|42 weeks 5 days ago||Let's take it game-by-game.||
Let's take it game-by-game. There is a winnable game next weekend, let's start there. Northwestern is a chance for our guys to show some character. This is really a critical juncture--similar to what Rodriguez faced following the Illinois debacle in 2009. Look at it this way: this team is better equipped to answer the bell than the 2009 team. A better defensive coordinator, a better defense, a more complete offense.
Truly, this weekend's game was not make or break. Sparty was favored, and based on how the game went, deservedly so.
EDIT: Nebraska next, sans Taylor Martinez. His replacements threw 4 picks against Northwestern. Still, there are opportunities coming up.
|42 weeks 5 days ago||Treyvon Green is healthy, and||
Treyvon Green is healthy, and ripped Nebraska for 149 yards on 19 carries. But I would rather face him than Mark. Colter was out for Minnesota, and he's back, but clearly not 100% Overall I agree that it's winnable, but Michigan will have to play well.
|43 weeks 1 day ago||Special teams is the||
Special teams is the X-factor. As this is likely to be a close game, a play on special teams could sway the outcome. For Michigan, this means breaking a big return, and converting field goal opportunities.
For Michigan State, yes field goals, and also don't be surprised to see them try to block a couple of punts.
My own view on this 'Garnder being the difference maker' stuff is that, yes, that's true, but I suspect that Michigan will reign him in a bit. I really do not see Borges opening it up unless Michigan is down at halftime (as he did at Penn State). If all goes well, he will not have a monster game, because he did not need to. (I would like to see an aggressive approach from the outset, challenging Sparty over the top and down the field, but that is not what we are likley to see.)
|43 weeks 1 day ago||What I meant is that Michigan||
What I meant is that Michigan has enough talent to be a BCS team. I see them as an underachieving group (ergo, Gator baby Gator).
Michigan State does not have the same upside. Their defensive will keep them in games against elite teams, but they would not match up well with elite teams.
As Michigan does not consistenly play to its potential, I do think that ceilings are irrelevant on a game-by-game basis, especially a rivalry game on the road, as is the case here.
Of course, I hope to Hell that I am wrong, and that Michigan will put it together over the next month. The problems are, in this order: youth on the offensive line; Gardner's inconsistency; youth on the defensive; stubborn/insipid offensive playcalling.
|43 weeks 4 days ago||I think this is all terribly||
I think this is all terribly overblown.
1. Has everyone forgotten that Michigan beat State 13-10 last year in a physical game that is exactly the type that now it is widely believed Michigan cannot play, yet alone win?
2. What happened in the 2011 game was not bullying, but Sparty, Gholston especially, engaged in Buckeye-level cheapshots that would make George Perles blush.
3. The best team, not the toughest team, or by extension the team that takes the most cheap shots, usually wins this game. I think it's great that Sparty's head is swelling right now. See, Sparty has never lacked for confidence. Stupid and cocky is the mark of a true Sparty. The truth is that this is an evenly matched game, as Michigan has the playmakers to offset what Sparty does on defense, and as a team Michigan has a higher ceiling. Anyone who is confident in winning a close game is a fool. (See Jeff Seidel's article where he is "98.2%" certain that State will win by 3.)
4. There is more upside than downside risk for Michigan in this game, so let's relax. Losing this game is not going to ruin the season. Sparty is favored, and if Michigan loses a close game so be it. After the UCONN game it was clear to me this was a Gator Bowl team. If you want to talk about frustration due to the lack of progress the program has made this year, your case is already made with the Akron, UCONN, and Penn State games. But it is likely central Florida for the Holidays either way.
|45 weeks 1 day ago||No disrespect to the guy, but||
No disrespect to the guy, but I for one did not even know Michigan recruited that dude who played Blossom's brother, yet alone that he was in the running for playing time.
|45 weeks 3 days ago||Agree with those who think||
Agree with those who think this is the Game the Gats break through.
|46 weeks 1 day ago||Just so that we are clear, if||
Just so that we are clear, if Peralta does not play Tigers lose this series. OK?
|46 weeks 2 days ago||The pass completion to||
The pass completion to Woodson in the '97 game stands out, think it was a slant pattern. That was #1 for me, beating out the '05 ending. On the other side of the ledger in terms of what the outcome was, but still memorable, was the Penn State punt block in '96.
|46 weeks 4 days ago||I remember when it closed for||
I remember when it closed for a fire. It will be back. Still never had better onion rings.
|47 weeks 2 days ago||Can't believe nobody has||
Can't believe nobody has referenced Michigan's similar move, against Purdue in 2008, in starting TE Carson Butler at Defense End. Purdue appears headed towards (at best) a similar year.
|47 weeks 4 days ago||I was in the Dome, in the||
I was in the Dome, in the Michigan section, which was behind the team, at midfield. My buddy and I drove all night from Ann Arbor the night before, for a last minute trip, that started (I believe) at Ashley's, at around 10 or 11 PM, with a phone call to a friend in M-St.P.
The thing about the Dome, that you can't really see from the ESPN broadcast but you really should understand, is that there are beer sales, and this on top of tailgating that started in the early afternoon for a friday evening kickoff. Michigan was coming off a loss to Iowa on the road, and the Gopher fans were confident. The game was sort of like the Gopher Superbowl, and those varmits were salty. Michigan did not stop the run until late in the third quarter, and for weeks I had the P.A. announcer's lame "that's another Golden Gopher First Down" chant echoing in my head.
At halftime when Michigan was down 14-0 I recall my group deciding to just get ripped ("win or lose, we still booze"), the second half was then a beery maize and blue blur that ended with the team coming up and celebrating with us near our seats, with the Jug out. For a long time I considered that the closest thing to a religious experience I ever had.
[Edited for some shit I forgot]
|47 weeks 5 days ago||I don't think there is any||
I don't think there is any question that weak interior line play has caused serious issues (especially the last two games, leading to at least a couple key turnovers). I think this issue, more than Garnder's decision-making, will be the difference maker this year moving forward. So I think it's a good idea to give some other guys a chance, mix it up, rather than wait for a leaky line to 'gel' when the evidence suggests that will not happen. Given the overall lack of experience at these positions, however, it is hard to be optimistic that there is an easy fix.
|48 weeks 2 days ago||OK, that is true at Michigan||
OK, that is true at Michigan most years, but your statement is grossly untrue for most schools, most years.
|48 weeks 2 days ago||My comment was not directed||
My comment was not directed towards our staff, but to the SEC schools that appear to be having trouble selling student tickets (which to my understanding is not a problem at Michigan). So, staying within the terms of what I had intended, the louts I had in mind include, but are not limited to: Brett Bielema, Bo Pelini, Brian Kelly, and Les Miles.
|48 weeks 2 days ago||Is it possible student||
Is it possible student no-shows are due to students tiring of paying increasing tuition to support bloated athletic departments, and then shell out even more for tickets to further subsidize an endeavor that exploits their fellow students while at the same time lines the pockets of loutish coaching staff?
There is no discussion of whether the shortfall is due to students who have purchased tickets no-showing (as would be the case at Michigan), or students not buying tickets (as impliedly it is at Alabama, where Saban is shilling for further sales).
Were I a student at a place like Bama, I would consider not buying tickets a mandatory act of civil disobedience.
|1 year 1 day ago||M 27 CMU 7||
|1 year 7 weeks ago||Above anything else, Michigan||
Above anything else, Michigan football, although I love it, is one of many varsity sports programs at a world renown public research university. And you cannot defend gross excesses that happen at many schools because it is a "business." The securities industry is a business too but it's highly regulated.
|1 year 9 weeks ago||Whooboy. But didn't the||
Whooboy. But didn't the article quote headlines that were also disappointed the Pistons drafted Bing? The real Whopper to me is comparing Bing to whatever duder they just brought in, who seems like Rip Hamilton lite.
|1 year 9 weeks ago||Old fashioned cocktail.||
Old fashioned cocktail. Backed by Spud Boys IPA.
|1 year 10 weeks ago||Michigan. At least a few days||
Michigan. At least a few days in Traverse City.
|1 year 10 weeks ago||I think teams should be||
I think teams should be guided primarily by rational self-interest in those instances, and secondarily by sportsmanship. The great majority of the time, it means handing it off to the third-string tailback, to avoid injuries to first-string players, and because it is the more honorable thing to do.
There are notable exceptions that I admire, like when Harbaugh ran it up against Stanford (although that was not especially egregious).
|1 year 10 weeks ago||Aaaaand I feel old because||
Aaaaand I feel old because his father was only a few years ahead of me at Michigan.
|1 year 10 weeks ago||Framed blown-up photograph of||
Framed blown-up photograph of Hamilton Leithauser, lead singer of the Walkmen, wearing a Michigan shirt.
|1 year 11 weeks ago||One factor is that Stanford||
One factor is that Stanford has 36 varsity sports. That's many more than most schools. I think Michigan has 27 or so (28 if you count Womens LAX). So they offer a variety of country club "sports" not offered by tax-payer supported universities (like fencing, squash, sailing, "lightweight rowing," "sand volleyball" http://facts.stanford.edu/campuslife/athletics).
That's cool and all, and I don't begrudge Stanford their squash excellence, but it's not a level playing field. But to me, some of these varsity sports at Stanford are as valid as Calvinball, beerpong, sloshball, or darts.
|1 year 11 weeks ago||ASU will get the Irish here||
ASU will get the Irish here and there. Especially when ND has to travel there. This is actually an upgrade from Navy, Pitt, or some ACC softy.
I think it's overall better for college football to mix up the matchups. We play MSU, Ohio every year, and that's enough. (In the interests of full disclosure, I am also rooting for a west coast roadie so I can watch the maize and blue in Berekely, Palo Alto, the Rose Bowl, or somewhere like that.)
|1 year 11 weeks ago||Ha, I worked for an arborist||
Ha, I worked for an arborist that summer cleaning up after the storm in GR. We were doing storm damage tree removals and trimmings into August.
|1 year 11 weeks ago||Add to that the whole took||
Add to that the whole took Michigan for a ride to use as a floor for 49ers contract negotiations.
|1 year 11 weeks ago||Harbaugh went to some of the||
Harbaugh went to some of the SF "meet the coaches" stuff. He's back in the fold. As an NFL coach He is now an asset to Michigan, more than an asshat.
|1 year 11 weeks ago||Not really sure where you are||
Not really sure where you are going here. You could say RR was "snakebitten," in that off-field issues clouded a couple seasons, and his teams went into late season DEATHSPIRAL, but that is like a small downpayment on what it takes to be a contender for this crown.
|1 year 11 weeks ago||Sparty. Indiana, Purdue,||
Sparty. Indiana, Purdue, Minneha-ha all do not have the talent, or the pretensions, to be a football challenger. But Sparty does. Of all the teams considered a "contender" for the B1G football title coming into next year, only Sparty has never been to a BCS bowl. Of all teams that have been better than .500 in conference of late, Sparty has the longest Rose Bowl drought, longer even than Northwestern, Illinois, or Purdue (only Indiana and Minnesota have longer droughts).
The mediocrity on the field is just part of an overall theme. They are just as classless as Ohio, but with far less to show for it. Sparty also has a persecution complex that puts Ohio's to shame--every time SpartyFAIL, it's always because of a blown call, etc.
Losering is an art. It takes more than just getting beat a lot, or perenially falling short of expectations. There is an accursed element to Sparty, that is in other words they are "snakebitten."
|1 year 11 weeks ago||That is the Hawks' game.||
That is the Hawks' game. Will be interesting to see that matched up with the Bruins grind and counter-strike. When was the last time the two top seeds met in the finals? Awhile, I bet. A good long while.
|1 year 11 weeks ago||Damn. Kaner hat trick it||
Damn. Kaner hat trick it is.
|1 year 11 weeks ago||Kings. That they are still||
Kings. That they are still playing slants LA's way. Hawks have had their chances in OT. But would not rule out a Kaner hat trick.
|1 year 11 weeks ago||Looks like it. Man, need a||
Looks like it. Man, need a commercial break here. Been waiting 20 mins here for a break to grab a beer.
EDIT: Finally, Lagunitas IPA
|1 year 11 weeks ago||Thanks. We live in Cole||
Thanks. We live in Cole Valley. It would frustrate me to be a student at one of the Claremont colleges, be so close to the Rose Bowl, but not having a team to follow. What is the WWZ?
|1 year 11 weeks ago||Richards!!!!||
Anyone watching this Kings-Hawks Game 5? Unreal. Richards deflects one off a faceoff with 9 seconds left to force OT. Thought it was over for the Kings when the Kaner slapped one in five minutes into the game to make it 2-0.
Overall would like to see a Hawks-Bruins final, but I am glad there is more hockey to watch tonight.
|1 year 11 weeks ago||Fambly (in-laws to be).||
Fambly (in-laws to be). Claremont growing on me. Like that brewery that opened in the Packing House. As a college town, though, coming from Ann Arbor...
|1 year 11 weeks ago||2009 Ojai Santa Barbara||
2009 Ojai Santa Barbara County is awaiting grilled burgers, so Anchor Steam summer until then. In Claremont, which is a rude changeup from San Francisco, like 88 and bonedry.
|1 year 11 weeks ago||What struck me were the||
What struck me were the statements from ESPN employees along the lines of "that is just the culture here," etc.
Now, I am not saying that the accused in that story is guilty of anything other than an (admitted) indiscretion, all that remains to be seen. In fact, I too think that the coverage is sensationalized, but there are enough facts in that article that are presented fairly enough that the reader can draw his or her own conclusions about the merits of the underlying suit (or lack thereof?). But what Deadspin really hits is the overall meathead culture of ESPN, the same boorish culture which has been detailed in a slew of historic Deadspin posts (texting dick picks, slanted coverage of the Leach/TTech story, etc.).
ESPN has such clout in the sports world it is not only fair, but right, to scrutinize it. And what media outlet is going to question this bias, if not independent blogs?
|1 year 11 weeks ago||Hmmm so it is off limits to||
Hmmm so it is off limits to bash the type of male chauvinist behavior allegedly rampant at ESPN because the Company's job is to "explain sports"? Or even to link to an article exposing the same? Sorry, but that is bullshit. The attitudes and bias of the Mickey Mouse of Sports is relevant to their coverage of sports news, and more specifically the hopelessly flawed way they cover the sports world.
|1 year 12 weeks ago||DeKeyser playing for Smith||
DeKeyser playing for Smith may have swung the Chicago series the Wings' way.
|1 year 13 weeks ago||Among other things, his piece||
Among other things, his piece posits a false parallel between German culture, and associated stereotypes, and African-American culture. There is not a history of derogatory and mean-spirited jokes concerning Germans and whatever the Hell Beckman's mother cooks, or Spanish and paella. Can there honestly be any doubt that the purpose of Garcia's comment was to cut Tiger Woods down?
This piece is either naive in the extreme, or intellectually dishonest.
|1 year 13 weeks ago||Atta girls Blue!||
Atta girls Blue!
|1 year 13 weeks ago||Ashley Lane! Ripped one,||
Ashley Lane! Ripped one, cashed in a two-out rally! 2-1 Blue
|1 year 14 weeks ago||Agree. The OP is using a||
Agree. The OP is using a shifty concept of "bounty." The NFL can credibly make a distinction between an all-star game where there are rewards and/or incentives, and an illicit "bounty" regimine where players are paid to injure other players.
|1 year 14 weeks ago||LGRW! Upgraded cable package||
LGRW! Upgraded cable package to get playoff hockey today.
|1 year 16 weeks ago||So let me get this straight:||
So let me get this straight: Wetzel wants Michigan to apologize to Weber for something the NCAA made them do, a situation Ed Martin created, and from which Chris Webber ultimately profited?
Webber was on the dole four or five years before he came to Ann Arbor. I find no moral issue with that choice, as a matter of fact, but that is not something for which Michigan should apologize.
I think it is pretty much fair fucks--nobody should apologize to anyone for anything. Michigan was punished, Webber was punished, for their respective wrongs, which were not transgressions against one another.
|1 year 17 weeks ago||Glad he went in the early||
Glad he went in the early fifth, rather than later as had been expected. Don't see many Jags here in SF. I was hoping the Niners would sack up and take him in the Fourth.
|1 year 18 weeks ago||Whoa that is old news. I had||
Whoa that is old news. I had a bat child poster on my wall in my apartment in Ann Arbor, 1998-1999.
Edit: girlfriend at the time made me cover it up when she slept over.
|1 year 19 weeks ago||Speculation on potential||
Speculation on potential candidates:
Marvin Krislov (former UM General Counsel, now President of Oberlin College)
Theresa A. Sullivan (embattled U Va. President, with UM links)
Evan Caminker (former Dean of Michigan Law)
|1 year 19 weeks ago||This is very much about||
This is very much about Michigan sports. MSC has had input into every significant coaching hire. Word is, MSC blackballed Kirk Ferentz, who she had known from her Iowa days.
|1 year 19 weeks ago||Jamal Crawford was last first||
Jamal Crawford was last first rounder.
|1 year 19 weeks ago||I played football for Grady||
I played football for Grady Sr and we loved him. He worked the Hell out of us, and we had a winning team with like every guy playing both ways. He is a tremendous motivator and a good defensive coach.
|1 year 20 weeks ago||Jamal Crawford was #8. He is||
Jamal Crawford was #8. He is the last Michigan player to be drafted high, and he only stayed a year because of bullshit NCAA action.
|1 year 20 weeks ago||Yale making the Finals does||
Yale making the Finals does make the loss to ND more painful, because the field was pretty open (I mean, it's always more open than March Madness, or college football). ND lit us up pretty good this year.
|1 year 20 weeks ago||NCAA Frozen Four usually||
NCAA Frozen Four usually takes a two-week "break" or so in the playoffs, so as not to conflict with the Final Four. Man, a back-to-back M Final-Frozen Four would have been so sweet.
|1 year 20 weeks ago||No, it's a badass sport. Bad||
No, it's a badass sport. Bad for overall excitement for the sport but good for both programs in getting there. Frozen 4 isn't sweet only if Michigan makes it. It is an awesome event.
|1 year 20 weeks ago||For sure, Michigan deserved||
For sure, Michigan deserved to be in the title game, and would have been a worthy champion. But 99 times out of 100 Michigan loses to KU after being down 14 with six minutes left, and Burke's game-tying shot was story-book.
|1 year 20 weeks ago||It is tough because it took a||
It is tough because it took a miracle to get as far as they did. So many thing have to go right to get to the finals. But today I am more in awe of the run they had than disappointed at what could have been. I was too young to appreciate the 89 team and the Fab 5. This was remarkable. They lost a classic game in which they played pretty well. They provided three weeks of memories in the Tournament. They will be remembered for a long time.
|1 year 20 weeks ago||I see it as the Fab 5 paying||
I see it as the Fab 5 paying their respects. They are a big part of the program's history.
|1 year 20 weeks ago||Delaney is barely getting by.||
Delaney is barely getting by. I mean if they had to pay the talent they would have to shut the whole thing down.
|1 year 21 weeks ago||Swagga Like Us, for sure!||
Swagga Like Us, for sure!
|1 year 21 weeks ago||Thanks. Couldn't find this||
Thanks. Couldn't find this version on Spotify, so I added one by DJ Rell.
|1 year 21 weeks ago||Same deal with the same shirt||
Same deal with the same shirt (size L ran big). Plus, it's poly, it won't shrink. Of course, I hedged by buying four other styles, plus some stuff from Moe. (This was a Rose Bowl level event, insofar as gear is concerned).
|1 year 21 weeks ago||Twerp who wrote these tweets||
Twerp who wrote these tweets is a double-Florida grad whose "reporting" has been off-base before. Check it out
|1 year 21 weeks ago||Yeah, having no insight into||
Yeah, having no insight into last year's team, it is hard for me to say, but he seemed to struggle with confidence (in his shot, etc.). He was also sulky and petulent, and seemed to sulk more as the 2011-12 season wore on. But he stepped up in all 3 Tournament games he played for Michigan (averaged over 10 off the bench); he has the talent.
It's a shame because he would really gel with the players Michigan has this year. I hope he figures it out.
|1 year 21 weeks ago||Either that or Robinson comes||
Either that or Robinson comes off the bench. He would add depth for sure. With Smotz his issues were mental.
|1 year 21 weeks ago||Holy Shits! Need to get a||
Holy Shits! Need to get a copy of that '89 Crisler Dead show, for soundtrack pump-up purposes. Been cranking Outkast since the game was over today, for geographic/cultural context, but a historical piece is needed here.
EDIT: Holy Shits!!!!! Is this it?
EDIT II: According to the arcive, and some googling, the Dead played back to back April 5 and 6, 1989. Here is the link to the first day's show, wherein they covered "Stuck Inside of Mobile with the Memphis Blues Again"
|1 year 21 weeks ago||To me the best sports weekend||
To me the best sports weekend was April 2-4, 1998, when Michigan won the NCAA Hockey tournament, which was the same weekend as Hash Bash. It was the end of the year, Ann Arbor was jumpin' with block parties & etc., and we were still floating on air from the 1998 Rose Bowl (and, erm, Hash Bash).
Wolverine Historian makes a great point with the day Woodson won the Heisman, etc., and to me that weekend in April was like the capstone to a truly amazing year, one that without a doubt changed me for life (I went to Pasadena for the Rose Bowl, and there was no going back after that).
|1 year 21 weeks ago||Yeah next-day air to San||
Yeah next-day air to San Francisco was almost as much as the shirts, but worth every penny.
|1 year 21 weeks ago||Most Sparties that I know are||
Most Sparties that I know are appalled by these types of things, and think (probably correctly) that it makes Sparty a laughingstock. But there is a hard-core element at MSU who carry this on. Not having been anywhere near MSU in a dozen years, I am in no position to judge, but ten years ago the couch burning had a political potency that I actually admired.
I was in college at Michigan during the first MSU riots, and having been in East Lansing on many occasions for several years leading up to that, I actually found there to be some legitimacy to the actions, which were pre-planned riots rather than the spotaneous 'mob violence' the media made it appear to be. The East Lansing police were the most aggressive police force I had ever seen, or have seen since, in fifteen or so campuses accross the United States and abroad. Officers would subject students to random searches on weekends. This happened to me once. Two officers tried to search a group of us, and I was like, have constitutional rights been suspended in East Lansing? I got the 'stop and frisk' for speaking up. No tickets or citations, this was pure intimidation, but never have I seen police force as confrontational or mean spirited.
Anecdotally I have heard that the police-student relations actually improved after the riots, so maybe these are exactly the gratuitiously cretinous events that they are portrayed to be. Or maybe this is a ritual paying homage to the 1999 riots. In any event, I doubt that its coincidental that when Sparty students get to Spartying, they burn couches. There is a symbolism to it, and it's not all bad, in my view, at least insofar as the pushing back against an East Lansing Police State is concerned. (Even though couch-burning predates the 1999 riots, couch-burning was one of the enduring symbols of the 1999 riots.)
|1 year 22 weeks ago||Lo, the fickle sentiments of||
Lo, the fickle sentiments of our talking head sports media culture. One week ago, they were falling all over themselves talking about how Michigan was on Upset Watch. Michigan plays well against two lesser teams, and suddenly we are the favorites, not only for the Kansas game, but for the tournament generally?
|1 year 22 weeks ago||Sparty. B1G all the way.||
Sparty. B1G all the way.
|1 year 22 weeks ago||I mean, look at it this way.||
I mean, look at it this way. Football generally, and Michigan football especially, are a big part of his life. Of course he would want to talk about that. That would be like simeone wanting to talk about the bars in Ann Arbor with me. Yeah I straight would talk about that for hours. Running up on a dude when he's at dinner or something raises perhaps etiquette issues but I don't see the issue raised at all by the fact pattern you present.
|1 year 22 weeks ago||KU is the epitome of B1G||
KU is the epitome of B1G opponent. Like IU with a weaker Olidipo. Tough matchup. We need a healthy Morgan.
|1 year 23 weeks ago||This is especially bad||
This is especially bad because Wisky beat us twice. Wisky was not only a victim of its own soulless brand of basketball, but of low-ball seeding. Ole Miss, like Oregon, is better than all 11 and 10s, and most 9s.
|1 year 23 weeks ago||UK has 5 McDonalds All||
UK has 5 McDonalds All Americans. Those frosh could be forced into a choice between late 2nd round or off the bench next year.
|1 year 24 weeks ago||Agree with the last sentence||
Agree with the last sentence whole-heartedly. Bo, Mo, Woodson, to name only a few, are from Ohio.
|1 year 25 weeks ago||Forgot about Campy. He's top||
Forgot about Campy. He's top 15. Man, Johnny Orr is the most underrated coach in M history. Had he been coaching football, there would be statues of him.
Had a helluva run throughout the 1970s, then feels unloved, leaves to coach Iowa St. for more $$.