in town for free camps
|4 days 13 hours ago||Liked it!||
I loved that interview with BR. He was honest, and I liked his answers to boot. I guess I'm old enough that I also didn't have an opinion on several he didn't have an opinion on. And his answer regarding MJ Lebron and Kobe was awesome. They're all great.
|4 days 16 hours ago||Yes||
Well, two out of three. Lane Tech in Chicago was good in football, as is Glenbard North where my kids go. My HS in the Detroit Metro area wasn't very good, and the high school has since been closed.
|1 week 6 days ago||Touche||
Great post. State of MI. That's good.
Getting back to my OP, I have been concerned about the OL for some time. I still blame the terrible line recruiting under RR for setting us back a long time. The line makes QB's and RB's look good (or conversely, very bad.) The running game may have improved a bit from 2013 to 2014, but not hugely. And I get the feeling that Gardner was running scared much of the year.
I really haven't heard much of anything on Samuelson or Bars. But, to tell you the truth, I also haven't heard much about Fox, Tuley-Tillman, Dawson, or Kugler. (Let alone the redshirt freshmen.) I'd love to see several really take a big stride forward, and push the starters. As mentioned by others, it really helps to have competition, and there hasn't been much.
|2 weeks 4 hours ago||You're adorable||
and I added to your upvotes.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Stanford campus is gorgeous||
My dad remembers going to a football game at Stanford during WWII and how beautiful it was. He was stationed on Treasure Island in San Francisco Bay while in the Navy. I always wanted to see what he was talking about. As a result, about 10 years ago, while on a work related trip to Redwood, I drove to Treasure Island while on the way in. My flight out was a redeye, leaving me 12 hours to bum around. I ended up spending time at the tide pools, eating fish on the coast, and also spent a few hours walking around the Stanford campus. It was gorgeous, and very different from Ann Arbor, to my way of thinking. It reminded me just a bit of the ND campus in South Bend, except much prettier setting, and nicer buildings. I love Ann Arbor, but Stanford seems much more clear of a defined campus than UofM, with such a gorgeous physical setting. Can't blame anyone who goes there, especially on a scholarship.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Omameh||
I was intrigued by your statement, in how it reflected Patrick Omameh, "who all started quite a few games on some really good Michigan teams." So I did a bit of checking myself. If I calculated right, he was in the last group recruited by Carr, and was here for 3 years of RR & 2 years of Hoke. I think Omameh outshined his 2 star rating, but I would be hard-pressed to call any of those teams "good." I guess you could call Hoke's first year good.
Omameh doesn't surprise me in being an outlier, being that he didn't play football until 9th grade, and came from Nigeria. It will be interesting to see if he sticks with the Bucs, and how long he lasts. Being that he started 16 games for them last year, the prospects are pretty good.
Regarding your chart, it is a great start. In the final analysis, you can often do a little digging, and see some who really are overrated and some who are underrated. This is where we'll see Harbaugh and his staff's coaching and talent evaluation ability (or lack thereof.) Personally, seeing guys in person, at camps, around the country, seems a brilliant way to identify talent and uncover those missed by other scouts. It will be fascinating to see how Dytarious Johnson, Sean McKeon, Josh Metellus, Antwaine Richardson, and Rashad Weaver do in their senior year of High School as well as at Michigan. If four of them bump up in ratings (one already has,) and two of them shine at Michigan, it will prove the value of summer swarm.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Pairs? Triplets? Quads?||
My head is spinning. First Bredeson, now Metellus, possibly two more from Flanagan? WOW!
Is that a set of triple commits from Flanagan?
Or triplet commits?
Or, if we count Bredeson, quads?
I don't care what is called, it is all good, and Ace is putting in OT.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||oh brother||
Just read the thread titles, bud.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||Happy Day||
I love a couple noon starts. This lets me leave Chicago late afternoon Friday. I can enjoy breakfast, the drum line, a brat, get a little shopping done, get to the stadium, have an early supper at Zingerman's or some other place outside, and be back home by 9pm or so. I personally love having a mix of noon, 3:30pm, 5:30pm, and evening starts.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||Very pleased||
I'm personally very pleased. I would probably watch the games anyway on TV. However, with a noon start, I will definitely be able to get to at least one of them. I can drive in to Ann Arbor Friday evening, have dinner, enjoy Saturday morning, watch the game, have an early dinner on campus, and be back in the Chicago area by 9pm or so. In mid-September, it also is a great time for a drive.
I'm a little bit nonplussed by the idea in the thread that a noon start is a sign of disrespect. I really think that a mix of noon and 3:30pm games, with a couple or three evening games sprinkled in, couldn't be better. It means there are different choices available for everyone!
|3 weeks 4 days ago||I dunno||
I dunno. Don't you open yourself to public scrutiny if you put things out on Twitter? Isn't that the purpose of Twitter? If you don't want an publicity, notoriety, etc., why in the world would you use a twitter account that is public? I guess I am completely on board with no stalking, but it is hard to feel sympathy or privacy for someone who uses the Internet and doesn't get that it is a public forum. It is one thing to truly "stalk." (i.e., to physically stalk someone's addresses, place of work, driving, etc., etc.) It is another to do simple Internet and Twitter searches. That kind of Internet stalking is invited by those who use the Internet without proper privacy controls.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||Very Cool||
Very cool . . . my daughter lives 5 minutes from there (a sailor on a destroyer, living off base in Norfolk.) I may just have to visit her and go to the camp.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||Great post||
Great post on Harbaugh & Selma. Thanks for putting this up. Actually, when I think of Harbaugh and Peru, his concern for this community makes sense.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||au contraire mon frere||
Au contraire mon frere. Not so fast. I have been upfront when relevant that I'm a Christian, and a preacher at that. But to the best of my recollection, and I looked back at everything I've posted here at mgoblog the last 4 months, I've never wrung my hands and posted about the terrible discrimination faced by Christians, nor the plight of white guys in general. And yeah, I dislike a PC culture that really keeps important topics from being debated and discussed intelligently.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||Being in Illinois, yes||
Being in Illinois, yes, we see voter fraud, and corruption in politics, and no end of politics. And no, I'm not going to post a tale of voter fraud here!
|3 weeks 4 days ago||Great post||
You articulate very well for me something I feel strongly about. Namely, I am one of those pretty much "in the middle." To avoid being tarred with the "you're racist, you're sexist, you're bigoted" brush, it is easier to keep my mouth shut than to engage in any kind of civil and meaningful dialogue. The cost has become too great. I used to love spirited discussions on important issues of the day. That was one of my favorite things at UofM. I don't think I would feel the same way in the current climate.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||Political Correctness at MGoBlog||
I didn't spell it out in my OP, but I've noticed that there are some posters at MGoBlog who often seem to get their shorts in a wad about PC stuff. I definitely am in the "lighten up, Francis" crowd. I mean, I don't think I've ever used expletives in my posts, nor have I ever denigrated anyone here on the basis of gender, race, religion, sexual orientation, political party, etc. (I may have denigrated some Spartys or Buckeyes, but hey, nobody's perfect.) Still, it makes things less enjoyable when threads go down the path of political correctness. It just isn't fun.
By nature, I don't usually want to bait others, or use insulting epithets. But for crying out loud, I get what Seinfeld is saying. If you're always wondering who is going to be offended, you almost don't want to say anything.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||Yep, from Easton||
Spath linked to this photo being from Easton, PA. Not that it matters much. (The link is on the board, about a page and a half down, entitled "Summer Swarm PA.")
|4 weeks 4 days ago||Give people space||
I do take out of this post the need to give people space. I think the reason that many celebs pay money to go to exclusive vacation spots is to avoid the attention and the paparazzi and the fans, etc. I think people want to feel normal. Interestingly, I've heard so many recruits report that they appreciate just talking about life with coaches. Some of the fan stuff is just not healthy. If a coach or celebrity wants to talk, they will. If they want their space, give it to them. I've had interactions with a few celebrities, and try to leave them be. Having crossed paths with Bill Walton, Dick Vitale, Roy Tarpley, Glen Rice, Rich Rellford, Butch Wade, and a few others, I don't think I ever asked for an autograph or for their space.
|4 weeks 4 days ago||Several things . . .||
First, I am a lot more of a hockey fan than softball fan. Second, I don't have cable. Third, finding a bar that will air the softball game, here in Chicago, is nigh on impossible.
If I was able to flip on my TV, and watch the softball game, and DVR the Hockey game, that'd be the way I would go. I don't have that option. As mentioned above, I'll be starting with a Little League game anyway at 6pm CST.
Mostly, I know there are a fair number of hockey fans on the board here. What I was curious was whether they were:
Generally, I enjoy a watching a good game of football, hockey, or basketball. After that, my interest wanes considerably.
|4 weeks 5 days ago||Have to agree||
I have to agree that with Michigan playing in the deciding and final game, that's the way to go. Plus, you can DVR the Stanley Cup and watch virtually all of it, skipping through commercials.
In terms of watching pleasure, apart from rooting interests, I definitely love Hockey. I can watch and enjoy good football, and good hockey, regardless of the team. I like basketball too, but not quite as much. Rooting interests come in more. As for the rest, I've yet to want to spend a lot of time watching baseball, softball, soccer, auto racing, Lacrosse, and others.
|5 weeks 1 day ago||Same||
Same. I'd still be a pastor. Love my job. Only difference is I would adjust my courses at UofM very significantly. If I could do it again, there are so many courses I could have taken that would have been beneficial. I would have spent much more time in Hebrew, Greek, Biblical History, Archaeology, counselling courses, etc. But I loved UofM, and love what I do.
|5 weeks 1 day ago||Butler & Financial Decisions||
Jimmy Butler is really set to cash in by both turning down the extension and his choice to go with NIke. Because of his free agent status, either the Bulls will pay him much, much, more, or he will be taking his talents to a higher bidder. Of course, people will be waiting to see what happens with the coaching situation now.
|5 weeks 3 days ago||Here's another WINNER!||
Here's another uniform WINNER!!!
|5 weeks 3 days ago||Great insight||
As a Chicago fan, I shook my head when that happened. Not outraged . . . calls or non-calls happen, shots go in and they don't, and that's just how it works sometimes. Still, I remember thinking that it often is on a simple thing like this that success happens, or doesn't. Lebron is tremendous, just as was Jordan. But losing to Cleveland sealed Thibs' fate.
Here in Chicago, there are at least a few questions about Paxson, and whether he'll ever be happy with a coach. He has already fired two taskmasters (Skiles & Thibs) and one guy who never should have been here. (Vinny.) It really takes a special coach to maintain discipline, but not have too heavy of a touch. Phil Jackson was that kind of coach, and I think Pop down in San Antonio is the same. And, for that matter, Beilein. Hard to say what's going to happen. A bit demoralizing in Chicago.
At least we have the Blackhawks . . . until the salary cap breaks them up again at the end of the season!
|5 weeks 3 days ago||Great Choice||
Great movie, and awesome venue to watch it. Wish I was there.
|5 weeks 5 days ago||Why would that matter?||
What would that matter to the MAD hatter?
|6 weeks 1 day ago||Very true sentiment||
The OP shares a very true sentiment. I have many military in my family . . . grandfather, father, father-in-law, 3 uncles, brother-in-law, nephew, and daughter. They served in WWI, WWII, Vietnam, Operation Iraqi Freedom, and other actions. I am thankful to all of them, and extremely thankful they all made it home alive. They all feel the same way.
The one who comes to mind is my father in law. He was a C-47 pilot in WWII, dropping paratroopers at both Normandy and Market Garden, flying at 500 feet and having shrapnel everywhere around him. On one occasion, he was put in isolation in sick bay because of suspected measles, having a red rash on his chest. It turns out is was just a reaction to the wool uniform. The pilot who went up instead of him that day bought the farm. Like most of the others, he carefully counted the number of flights and missions and came home to the States as soon as he could. The guy who followed him? He was blown out of the sky, and the whole crew was lost.
My father-in-law doesn't quickly tell stories, although being 91, he has shared a bit more in the last few years. The one thing I'll say is he counts himself extremely fortunate to be alive, and like many who have gone to visit France and the Netherlands, was overcome by the sacrifice of many.
|6 weeks 4 days ago||Many are ok||
So many games would be interesting.
|6 weeks 4 days ago||Because why?||
Either you're not a Wings fan, or you've been spoiled by the incredible run the Wings have had. If the former, I understand. I'm a Blackhawks fan myself. OTOH, if the latter, you sound like the Michigan fans I remember who thought a 10 - 2 record was maybe ok, but were pretty disappointed. Be careful what you wish for. Long term success is more ephemeral than you might realize.
|6 weeks 5 days ago||Whether to comment?||
I, like many above, smh and roll my eyes at the many posts on mindless topics. But, like a moth attracted to light, I can't help myself and have to comment.
First, I would have preferred this hadn't been posted. I'd prefer Hail and Unite die a silent death, one of a million idiotic suggestions that slink away without comment, like a dog that has released a SBD offering. But with this post, the death of H&U is more ignominous, at least at mgoblog.
Second, it has been my thought that mommy and daddy dearest could easily have funded this thing if they wanted to. My guess is that they wanted to let their progeny down lightly. And so, they said in so many words, "That's a brilliant idea. Why don't we crowd source this? When you have $10 or $20k committed, we'll spring for the rest." And mommy (really, daddy) probably knew all along that no one in their right mind would fund this. So instead of saying "over my dead body" to their boy's request for funds, they let the public speak, and now, H&U will simply die. There is no interest, it was a stupid idea, but hey, that's how you learn sometimes.
As a final note, I can't see Harbaugh or anyone else in the Ath. Dept. (or even the band and music school and business school) wanting to waste their time on this either. But somehow, no one ever wants to be the one who says "no."
|6 weeks 5 days ago||Moved to Michigan in High School||
We moved to Michigan my sophomore year of high school. Of course, I rooted for Michigan over Ohio State, so it started. UofM was the best affordable school hands down. Back then, you didn't apply to endless colleges. For me, it was between Michigan and Northwestern. In '77, tuition, room & board, etc., ran about $3,500. Times have changed. I'm really glad I ended up at Michigan, although my roots aren't nearly as deep as those with multiple family members and generations who went there.
|6 weeks 6 days ago||Very troubling||
That article was disturbing. Especially reading the email telling Jimbo Fisher to revise his son's wardrobe and eliminate the UA FSU sweatshirt. The gall. I'd like to see Nike or Adidas pull that kind of crap on Harbaugh and his kids.
Nike needs Michigan more than Michigan needs Nike. I'd rather have Michigan dictate the terms of how things will happen, and retain full control. It is about money, but it is not all about money. Michigan has made some choices (how advertising is used, for example) where we have not made as much money, by keeping ads out of certain venues and settings.
I'm still on the fence as regards the uniforms supplier/vendor. I just hope the admin doesn't sell Michigan out for a few bucks, and see our "brand" changed into a ludicrous abomination. Which ANY of the vendors (Adidas, Nike, UA) are all too capable of doing.
|7 weeks 1 day ago||I know Cooper was good||
I was very deliberate in Cooper's inclusion. Talked to a rabid OSU fan this week, and even he acknowledged that for OSU fans, they certainly talk about Woody, and Bruce, and Tressel, and Urban. But for as good as Cooper was, not beating Michigan was huge.
I will not be the one to post another post asking the question, but I wonder how Michigan fans would feel if Harbaugh had a 75% win percentage, but just could never beat OSU. My guess is that winning 9, 10, even 11 games a year, but failing to beat OSU and Urban would mean that Michigan fans wouldn't be satisfied and consider Harbaugh a success. You have to be competitive with your major competitor, and win at least 30 - 40% of those key competitor games.
|7 weeks 1 day ago||Very Cool!||
Whadaya know . . . we stayed in the cabin on Lake of the Clouds, so we could have actually hiked to the site of the wreckage. Thanks for sharing that bit of fascinating trivia.
|7 weeks 1 day ago||I'll be glad when this is over||
I've already said it doesn't matter that much to me. What would be ironic would be if some of the Nike lovers/Adidas haters on the board did a flip flop by this time two or three years from now.
|7 weeks 2 days ago||Yes, Peepers||
Yes, there are many peepers. How'd ya know? Must have your windows open too. It has rained a lot in the Chicago area.
|7 weeks 2 days ago||So many choices . . .||
I've spent a lot of time in both Florida (lived in Bradenton, near Anna Maria Island) and vacationed many places in Michigan. Here's the thing. The water in Michigan is just going to be cold. If I were you, I'd want to find a place on the water, but preferably with a heated pool, so you don't freak your kids (and possibly wife) out with the water temps.
I personally love so many of the beaches on Lake Michigan, and think you really can't go too far wrong. I spent a couple summers in a beach cottage on Lake Michigan north of Grand Haven, and had a great time. It was awesome when our kids were two and three, and we just walked out the back door onto the sand, instead of driving somewhere. Or taking the ferry to Beaver Island and renting a cottage can be pretty nice and quiet (as long as the black flies aren't in season.) I love the U.P., and will be up there again this summer for a week in the Les Cheneaux Islands area, right on the water. One of the most unique things goes all the way back to when I was I kid. We backpacked into the Porcupine Mountains State Park as a family, and stayed a couple weeks in State Park cabins. Very good memories. Packed everything in, except we had nice cabins and a stove, lantern, games, etc.
Have a great time, wherever you go.
|7 weeks 2 days ago||Coffee||
Coffee. Oh, and drinking in the intoxicating cool, humid, night air, and the smell of green grass and growing things. Wonderful to have all the windows open in the Spring.
|7 weeks 2 days ago||Good to be humble||
You know, it is always good to stay humble. This is a great reminder for Michigan fans. Sometimes, Michigan fans can be insufferable. I want Michigan to win. I want Michigan to compete, and to be in the running for titles and championships. But in one small way, stuff like this is a good reminder that any team can have bad years. USC was bad for a while. Alabama was bad for a while. ND, Texas, etc. Even OSU had Cooper. We now have had our time wandering in the wilderness. May it cause Michigan fans to be humble and thankful when Harbaugh leads the team back to the promised land.
|7 weeks 2 days ago||Yep||
Believe it or not, my fraternity actually took a saw to the top of an old station wagon, painted it red with rollers, put a ladder and a garden hose on the side, and used it in a parade, mocking another fraternity. I have extremely fond memories of my time at Michigan, but at the same time, I sometimes have regrets at not getting more out of the academic opportunities.
|7 weeks 2 days ago||Looking forward to seeing the movie||
There are a lot of action movies I don't care for, but this looks pretty good.
|7 weeks 2 days ago||Very cool!||
What did you do there? Who did you go with? Glad to see this. One of my colleagues has spent lots of time in Peru, and I expect I'll go there sometime in the next 5 years.
|7 weeks 2 days ago||Great article||
I'm glad you put this piece up. Harbaugh's interest in service trips to Peru has been there to see for those who are interested. If you do a Google search, you will find more stories about Harbaugh in Peru.
I will say, for MGoReaders, that service trips like this are life changing. Years ago, I spent months in Cuernavaca, Mexico as a child, which greatly impacted my worldview. Spending a half year in South Korea, studying, and teaching, was cool. More recently, I spent several weeks at the largest refugee compound in Central Europe, about an hour from Vienna. A couple years ago, I spent Thanksgiving week working in slums in Conception, Paraguay. And you don't have to leave the country: helping out in areas in the States hit by hurricanes or tornados or just by poverty is huge.
The point is, any one of us can serve others. If you Google "Service Trips for Atheists" or Agnostics or Jews or whatever flavor of belief system you have an affinity for, you can find something that will work for you.
Some of you know I'm a preacher, so this kind of thing is right up my alley. But you certainly don't have to be a Christian to serve those who are hurting. And if you happen to be a Catholic, like Harbaugh, or a Protestant Christian like myself, service trips like this give you a chance to practice what you believe in, and to think about what is really important in your belief system.
|7 weeks 2 days ago||He was told he wouldn't start this coming year||
He was told he wouldn't start this coming year. If you look at Brian's UFR's, you get the sense that the OC was not calling the best games for Rudock. They telegraphed pass or run way too much in their playcalling.
Also, the OL was terrible in providing protection for Rudock. The big question, of course, is whether or not the OL at Michigan will have really gelled by this Fall. I am truly hoping Glasgow has his act together, that Kalis comes into his own, and that Cole, Magnuson, and Braden are solid. More than that, I hope that we have at least one, maybe two, of the remaining linemen really take a huge jump forward. I'd love to see Tuley-Tillman, Fox, or Kugler really pop and challenge the starters. To my way of thinking, it is critical to add several more OL recruits to the next class.
Back to Rudock, it is hard for me to think he won't start this year. Of course I'd love to see a miracle and for Morris to shock everyone, getting the starting nod and doing a great job. But at the very least, Michigan now has some options. Previously, it was Morris or "oh no!!" Now, at least it is a fight between two potential starters.
BTW, I loved this chalk talk. I could watch stuff like this all day long. Favorite colors, TV shows, etc., not so much. Thanks much for posting!
|7 weeks 2 days ago||Heartfelt, heartouching||
Beautiful, sincere, raw heartfelt apology. Norfleet is so clearly taking responsibility for himself, and acknowledging that he has made some bad decisions. Owning up to your own mistakes and not making excuses is the beginning. Seeing that your life is unmanageable is key. It is interesting that he mentions talking to God . . . regardless of who you understand God to be, making a decision to turn your life over to him is also a very important step. My heart goes out to Dennis.
It is truly my hope that with help from the coaching and support staff, along with his professors, Norfleet will be given the opportunity to pass his classes, and to right the ship academically. It is hard, but he can do it.
This whole story hits me personally. I flunked out of UofM not once, but twice. I was having too much fun, and I'm ashamed to say I didn't take advantage of the wonderful academic opportunities available at UofM. Thankfully, I had an awesome academic counselor who really went to bat for me, and helped me get my life in order. Without that support, I never would have graduated from UofM, and eventually done graduate work. Sadly, for some of us, you have to learn the hard way.
|7 weeks 4 days ago||Sad but not shocked||
I'm sad but not shocked. When you read the front page piece by Seth, it highlights Countess in particular as not being a good fit for what the defense wants to do. With Lyons transferring in, and Courtney Lewis locking down a spot, someone was going to lose playing time. I wish Countess well.
|7 weeks 4 days ago||Hilarious||
Hilarious. I love the movie, and Crystal. Not familiar with Smiths, but maybe because I don't often sit in dark rooms in an emo state of sadness.
|7 weeks 5 days ago||Makes me wonder||
Really makes me wonder what they're thinking . . . I mean, I love sports too much. Follow too many games. But I've got limits. I guess this is where fans are really "fanatics." It makes me think of the crazies in Columbus who dress up with red and silver paint and garlands of buckeyes and jerseys and all. I know Michigan has some of these guys too. But somehow, once you're past 30 or 40 or 50, it seems crazy to do some of this stuff. Including donating to pay the fine. To each his own.
|7 weeks 5 days ago||Don't know your internet chops||
UofMDDS96, I don't know your Internet chops, in terms of pics and movies and editing, etc. While I know there are people worse than me, I am not a pro at saving and converting pictures, using MS Paint, and all the other bells and whistles. For instance, sometimes, I'd love to know how to create a clip of just the right video. But to find the original movie, get the right sequence lined up, formatted, saved, and then pasted into MGoBlog, is something I don't have the time or inclination to figure out.
Regarding the cart I see you finally got it figured out. I think it was amusing for me (and at least a few others) who struggle with getting the right thing posted in the right format. And the front certainly looks great. I'm with you on feelin the back is ok, but not quite right yet.
|7 weeks 5 days ago||Me too||
I've assumed something is happening with the server, or with traffic, because I haven't stayed logged in either. Maybe it is because I'm using Chrome? Don't know.
|7 weeks 5 days ago||Nice article||
Nice article thanks for providing the link. It would be great to see the correlation between 5 star recruits and win-loss record, as well as performance in the NCAA tourney. From other threads, I am sure that Beilein far out-performs the recruiting stars of the guys on his team. As an example, Thad Matta, who tops the Big 10 with 10 five star recruits, hasn't had success at a far higher level than Beilein. It is obvious that Beilein has done as well or better with guys not as well recognized by recruiting stars.
The piece in today's Det News opines that Battle is a critical and important recruit for Beilein. Not only does he improve the class and the play. When one five star signs, it encourages other five star recruits to look at your school. We see this all the time with Kentucky and Duke. Actually, this was part of the reason given for Jaylen Brown going to Cal. If Coach Beilein can build on this with one, better yet two, five star recruits in 2017, we'd be well on the way. I'd love to see five star Brian Bowen from Saginaw Arthur Hill get an offer and join the class.
|7 weeks 5 days ago||I'm dying of laughter||
I don't know why, but the failure of the OP and this whole thread really has made me smile and laugh, something I needed. No downvotes, just happiness. Hope the mystery golf cart gets posted sometime. And even if it doesn't, I'm good, and enjoyed the laugh.
|7 weeks 5 days ago||Some of the Reasons why I hate this Argument||
I completely disagree with the premise of this argument. Here are some of the reasons why.
Personally, I miss the days when different companies made different products for Michigan. It seems that whoever the highest bidder is now gets (mostly) exclusive ability to sell anything with the Michigan logo on it. Some manufacturers may be better at one particular segment of the market than others.
|8 weeks 12 hours ago||I think you meant Chris Webber||
I think you meant Chris Webber.
|8 weeks 3 days ago||Dated a fellow Michigan student from Columbus||
Back while at UofM, I dated a fellow Michigan student from Columbus. Her parents, iirc, were both grads of OSU. She was definitely not a huge sports fan, though, and her parents were always gracious. She ended up marrying another student from Michigan, so I suppose there's always a bit of rivalry in that household.
My wife is from the Cleveland area, and almost all her family is still there. A number of her family members went to OSU. There's a bit of ribbing every now and then. I took the rivalry for granted even during the Cooper years, when we were first married. However, as we all know too well, the last 10 years haven't been that kind to UofM fans. In fact, I could have gone to the 2010 game in Columbus, and was offered a ticket by my nephew, a student there at the time. Thankfully, I declined, and was spared the agony of seeing Michigan demolished 37 - 7. I really am looking forward to Michigan being competitive once again. I can live with Michigan losing some of the time. Even half the time. But it has been fairly brutal the last 14 years.
|8 weeks 3 days ago||Are you one of them?||
Are you one of them? I've met a couple guys at a Pastor's Conference, but never got their user name. My user name, otoh, helped them to id me as a mgoblogger as well as a pastor.
|8 weeks 4 days ago||(No Subject)||
Location: Burbs west of Chicago
Alum: Philosophy, 1984
Most Michigan thing: None in particular. Will have to think about that. Could be attending Rose Bowls, could be playing ball at the CCRB with several former Michigan players, Glen Rice et. al.
|8 weeks 5 days ago||Happy for Tigers||
Well, I'm happy Detroit has the Tigers to root for. As a Chicago native and fan, it is fun to follow the Bulls and the Blackhawks right now, and hopefully for a good month and some. The wheels sure seemed to come off for the Sox. Not a lot of fun.
|8 weeks 5 days ago||Cumong||
Wouldn't it have been glorious for Harbaugh to give Rudock a game plan and protection and receivers and RB's to carve up Iowa's defense all day? The schadenfreude in such a game would have been beyond compare.
|8 weeks 5 days ago||Go after 5 stars . . . but cut bait||
Go after 5 stars . . . but cut bait at some point. Yeah, I'd continue to go after 5 star guys, and give them offers. But at some point, the "bird in the hand" philosophy has to be used. For instance, with Jaylen Brown, would we have been better giving a committable offer to Williams a month ago? I got the feeling we were stringing him along, waiting for Brown to give an answer. As a result, we lost both. Maybe you give a courtesy call to the 5 star, saying, we love you, we want you here very much, we're looking forward to designing our offense around you. However, we can't wait. If we don't hear from you by the end of the week, we can't guarantee that a spot will remain open for you."
|8 weeks 5 days ago||Would have been glorious to play Iowa||
Would have been glorious to play Iowa. Instead, we get the likes of Maryland and Rutgers. I hate what expansion has done to the Big 10. I'd gladly give back Maryland and Rutgers. And I'm not that thrilled with Nebraska or Penn State often replacing Iowa and Wisconsin in the game schedule.
|8 weeks 5 days ago||Vespa||
I work about 2 1/2 miles from where I live. With good surface roads, I'd like to get a Vespa. Or a really nice combo electric bike / pedal bike.
If money was unlimited, I'd be interested in a Swiss electric motorcycle called a Zerotracer. Or something like that.
I'm happy with my cars, so things like this would be for fun.
If 4 wheels, probably some kind of souped up Gator?
Or, I'd love to get a nice Hobiecat with a trailer.
|8 weeks 6 days ago||Nice||
But are you surprised?
I suppose the only question was going to be how many hours it would take to be fully funded.
|9 weeks 2 days ago||This is great!||
I'm not surprised to see Harbaugh speaking up on the importance of education. iirc, some of his comments while at Stanford addressed this very topic.
As regards politics, I think many individuals agree with the principle of supporting the office of the presidency, regardless of the individual or party holding that position. Showing respect for the position of the President is important, even if you didn't happen to support a particular candidate.
|9 weeks 2 days ago||This is great!||
I'm not surprised to see Harbaugh speaking up on the importance of education. iirc, some of his comments while at Stanford addressed this very topic.
As regards politics, I think many individuals agree with the principle of supporting the office of the presidency, regardless of the individual or party holding that position. Showing respect for the position of the President is important, even if you didn't happen to support a particular candidate.
|9 weeks 3 days ago||Home sick||
Home sick, in Carol Stream, west of Chicago.
|9 weeks 3 days ago||Hence the /s tag||
Hence the /s tag. I grew up with White Castle burgers, and they'll always have a place in my heart. I remember when sliders were less than a quarter as a boy in the 60's.
Obv., IAO & 5 guys are much better. I just can't usually justify the cost.
|9 weeks 3 days ago||Sad this happened, glad he is being charged||
It is terrible that this happened, and I'm glad that charges have been filed.
I also agree with the comments in this thread about a "sexualized culture." I suspect that any environment where young men and women are in close proximity regularly and repeatedly is susceptible to a sexualized culture. Choir, Band, Theatre, Dance, Figure Skating, Cheer leading squads, etc., all fall in this category.
I also think that this is at least one way that things are probably improving in society. That is to say, I suspect that this kind of thing has gone on in many band settings, but was excused, dismissed, swept under the rug in the past. There seems to be an increased awareness that "no means no" and that this is not something to be tolerated.
Full disclosure: with a beautiful 22 year old daughter currently serving in the US Navy, I have a heightened awareness of this kind of thing. The military is also a place where there is often a "sexualized culture," where rape and sexual assault of both men and women is epidemic. If anything, it is worse in the military because victims are dismissed as crazy, and officers have a vested interest in denial and coverup.
EDIT: Still not up at Eleven Warriors as of noon Thursday.
|9 weeks 3 days ago||White castle||
White Castle. (Love me some White Castle, but obv. /s.)
Seriously, a burger is something I can do so easily and cheaply on the grill at home. I'd rather spend my dining money on things I can't cook myself. Spend money on good beef and ingredients and throw it on the Weber.
FTR, I loved In-and-out when I lived in LA.
|9 weeks 4 days ago||Did think of a pet peeve . . .||
I hate that the page down feature for MGoBoard works intermittently. It has been broken for years. Every now and again, it works. But not consistently. Wish that was fixed.
|9 weeks 4 days ago||Long winded posts||
My pet peeve is long winded posts. I.e., like my own.
My pet peeve is inarticulate posts. I.e., like my own: I had wanted to say most peeves don't matter much any more to me. Which I obviously didn't communicate. Fail.
Actually, I am miserable with a cold and a runny nose and a splitting headache and some Spring allergies which is a terrible time to post anything about peeves, pet or otherwise.
|9 weeks 4 days ago||I'm with the "take too seriously" crowd||
I'm with the "take too seriously" crowd as my pet peeve. For crying out loud, it is a blog. Many of the things that used to peeve me, just don't matter so much any more. They're peeves, but not huge. For instance:
There is one subset of the "take it too seriously" crowd that does get under my skin. It is those who don't get that it is off season, Posts about Michigan that are controversial but not sports or politics are of interest to me. Some recent examples would be discussion on the American Sniper kerfuffle on campus, discussion on riots in Baltimore, discussion on the $250k income family being "middle class." These are all difficult topics, but they aren't inherently about politics, or about religion.
Three things happen that I don't like with threads like these:
That is my one real pet peeve.
|9 weeks 4 days ago||I think he has some Football apparel too||
I think he has some Football apparel too. Maybe some generic Michigan t-shirts?
Question: does the photobombee ever where the photobomb t-shirt?
|9 weeks 4 days ago||Great piece||
I skimmed part of it, but agree with the conclusions. If I understand you correctly:
Thanks again for the read.
|9 weeks 4 days ago||Sweet video||
Brings a tear to my eye. Love to see him in good health, and having good memories.
I'm 55, and a couple weeks ago, went down to Englewood on the south side of Chicago with my 88 year old dad. We visited the places where he lived and played, his High School, the parks he played in, the church he went to, the market where he had his first job in 38, the place where my grandpa worked in the 30's. It was so wonderful to see the memories and the smiles on my dad's face. Glad to see the same thing for Bryan Sperry.
|9 weeks 5 days ago||NSFMF||
Not so fast . . . what position did you have him starting on offense? If none, than you have someone who is on the field 4.5%, not 9%, not 20%. And the reality, if a lockdown defense, is that our offense will be on the field 60% of the time, defense 40% of the time. So that would be someone on the field 3.6% of the time, not 4.5%, not 9%, not 20%.
To be completely fair, Brown would probably only be on the floor 75% of the time, or 15% total. Still, that means that Brown has 4 times the impact that Gary does.
|9 weeks 5 days ago||You'll be lucky if the mods delete||
Sometimes, they just allow you to twist in the wind . . . the shame, the shame, the shame.
|9 weeks 5 days ago||Either||
There are so many good arguments for both Gary and for Brown. Many of which are above. Honestly, I don't think you can lose with either.
The thing is, I am just thrilled Michigan is in the running for both. That's incredible. I would gladly see either come to Michigan. Football has been down more. However, Brown would be an almost instant impact player.
The first thing I would say is that I am glad to defer to the coaches. I don't know either player, but I would want both to fit into the culture Harbaugh and Beilein are building and already have. If, in terms of character or academics, either weren't a fit, I'd rather have the other.
If I was forced to choose, I would go with Brown. I think he legitimately is interested in a strong school academically. This might mean two years here. More than that, I'd like to see Beilein get a few more top 10 players. IIRC, Mitch McGary has been our only really highly rated player. And Brown is rated even higher. I'd like for Beilein to regularly be in the running and start winning some recruiting battles for players in the top 10 - 20 range. We already know that Beilein is great at finding diamonds in the rough and unknowns that were overlooked elsewhere. Add to that a consensus great player every year, and we're talking about moving up to the same level as the bluebloods of basketball. Lastly, I don't know how much time Beilein has left. I am confident that Harbaugh is going to do well, and be here for a while. I'd like to see Basketball have consistent success now, under Beilein. That would help when we inevitably have to transition to a new coach whenever Beilein retires.
|9 weeks 6 days ago||The writing has been on the wall||
The writing has been on the wall for some time. Knowing that Michigan was still looking to extend a scholarship this year, it had to come from somewhere. If you read the MGoBlue article, it makes clear that academics was a significant part of the decision from Austin's perspective. I know his father was a doctor, and I vaguely recall that he wanted to follow in his father's footsteps.
I have always thought that the challenges facing basketball players in particular with the academic load, travel schedule, and rigors of being a player, were extremely daunting. No matter how bright you are, something has to give. It likely was impossible to pull straight A's in rigorous coursework while at the same time playing on the team. If this allows Austin to be associated with the team to the degree his studies allow him to. While we mock OSU for the infamous "I didn't come here to play school" statement, there is some truth. If you are "majoring" in football or basketball, it is very, very hard to also have a rigorous undergrad degree, especially if you want to go on to Med School, Vet School, or the like.
|10 weeks 1 day ago||My musical tastes are so eclectic||
My musical tastes are very eclectic. But partially it just is certain sounds and words and memories. Love Sufjan Stevens. Like Elliot Smith's "Between the Bars," John Mayer's "Daughters," and a guy I used to listen to many years ago at Michigan, Bruce Cockburn. I guess a lot of it is somewhat folkie or melancholy or thoughtful. I used to love to sit at an outside bar on the beach on the gulf coast in Florida and just listen to whoever was playing. Didn't need to be a star . . . just someone who poured their heart into their music. It is fun for me to share playlists with my 22 year old daughter in the Navy. She introduces me to new stuff, and sometimes, she surprises me with liking old stuff (say, Simon and Garfunkel.) Love of music is completely subjective. I just like that Brian introduced me to Sufjan Stevens.
|10 weeks 1 day ago||Loved that post||
I lurked and never bother signing up for several years. But I remember 2006, and the feeling, and listening to Seven Swans again reminds me of that sense of loss. I regret not being able to go to the concert this time around. I hope there is a next time, and that I can make it the next time around.
|10 weeks 2 days ago||I can identify with her||
I can identify somewhat with her. I'm in my 50's, and have fond memories of my years in Ann Arbor. Like anyone else, I love the winning. But it is more than winning. It is about a culture, it is about a community, it is about becoming more professional, more corporate, more plastic.
Partly, this is a personal preference thing. I like things that are real, that have history, that have a feel of authenticity. The more plastic things are, the more manfuactured an experience is, the less I like it. For instance, I rented a house on the beach in Grand Haven. It is an old beach cottage, friend of a friend's family, but it has tons of character and history. I'd rather be there than in a perfect Marriott or Hilton or brand new place on the beach. Now, there's a place for both, but just not my preference.
It seems like things are more and more and more controlled at Michigan. What you can bring in to the stadium, what you can buy outside of the stadium, what the game day experience is like.
The other thing, which a lot of people have commented on, is the cost. I miss the days when anyone could buy a ticket from anyone on a game day. Now, everything is bar-coded, and is overpriced. The cost of water, the cost of a hot dog, the cost of a program, the cost of parking, etc., etc., etc. I don't know what a "fair price" is, but when everything is adjusted by the accountants, and there are no deals to be had, and everything costs an arm or a leg, somehow, it takes something out of me. I loved the mental picutre of a young John Bacon getting into a game for a pittance. Now, parents would be charged with child neglect if they didn't accompany their son, and the cost of a ticket would be what? $40? $80? More?
For some who have slogged through my thoughts, I'm just another crabby old fart. You know what? I'm not really crabby. I'm a bit tired, and it isn't worth fighting to hold on to something that doesn't seem to exist. Life is too short. I'll go to games, but on my terms. If it costs a fortune, and if it is just an empty experience, well, I'll pass. I'd rather follow from a distance than be taken for a sucker. Of course I can afford it, but why would I want to pay for something that isn't enjoyable?
|10 weeks 3 days ago||Several things . . .||
I am not surprised at this. I don't see any of the non-con games as marquee matchups. And I see problems with a night start for MSU. Do a 3:30pm start: it will be night well before the game is over.
The other thing is, there have been a million complaints here about DB trashing "tradition." Everyone seems thrilled that Harbaugh and Hackett will "return things to the way they used to be." Well, not having a night game just to have a night game is returning things to the way they used to be. You can't have it both ways.
|10 weeks 4 days ago||Thibs?||
Yeah, I'd like a new Mercedes, but it ain't happening. Thibs isn't going anywhere.
Sources? The Bulls are gelling, and I believe they're going to go deep into the postseason.
|10 weeks 4 days ago||Beg to differ||
I'd beg to differ, and see MMB as top 20 next year with our current roster. Should we add either Jaylen Brown or Kenny Williams, Michigan will indeed be top 5 level next year.
IIRC, Michigan couldn't quite hang with a few teams because we needed at least one solid person with height at the 5, and really also at the four. We've added Doyle, Donnal, Robinson, and DJ Wilson, 3 guys 6'9" and Robinson 6'8". Wagner, Teske, and Davis are all big guys. I could easily see two guys play lots of time, with a third redshirting or coming off the bench. And if someone doesn't have the talent, they transfer elsewhere.
Beilein is doing an awesome job, and it is only going to get better.
|10 weeks 5 days ago||Notre Dame||
I can't remember where I read it, but I think John U. Bacon talked about the screw ups under Dave Brandon as regards the Notre Dame rivalry scheduling. While I'd certainly be fine with UCLA or Stanford, and definitely Texas, I think ND is the natural rivalry. We are in the same footprint, which I believe helps. We have a stronger rivalry with Ohio State, Michigan State, and Penn State, partially because they are close.
If what Brandon said is true, we won't be able to get ND on the schedule for a while. But if we could get them back on, I think it'd be awesome. Having a home night game with ND makes sense, and isn't a problem. It neatly solves some of the night game discussions.
|10 weeks 5 days ago||Fresh Legs, solid depth||
LeVert back is great news. Obviously his leadership, understanding of the what is expected and what we're doing, and personal skill set, are awesome.
The observation I'm excited about is the depth. To be able to limit minutes and have solid contributions from that many guys is incredible. Looking at the roster, I see 9 - 11 guys who could be solid contributors. (I don't really know what Wilson and Wagner will bring.) As a Chicago Bulls fan, who sometimes chafed at minutes limits on starters, I see how important depth is. The combination of depth, experience, skill, and balance across 5 positions is huge. If we stay healthy, we have 3 - 4 guys who are 6'9", and versatility across the roster. LeVert brings it all together.
Final Four, here we come!
|11 weeks 2 days ago||First cars||
First car I drove: a 69 Checker Marathon 4 door sedan. Truly an ugly albeit unique car with personality, made in Kalamazoo. An absolute tank: with a solid frame, that thing could ram anything. I'll never forget tooling around Ann Arbor in that beast one summer.
First car I owned: a 72 Mercury Comet GT, Electric Blue. That was one ugly beast. It was such a beater I just left the key in the ignition in the fraternity parking lot. No one in their right mind would have stolen it.
|11 weeks 3 days ago||Don't mind pranks and hijinks||
Don't mind pranks and hijinks. But cumong, be more creative, for Pete's sake.
|11 weeks 3 days ago||Nah, they would have used eggs and hot dogs.||
Nah, they would have used eggs and hot dogs. Nothing so unoriginal as paint.
|11 weeks 3 days ago||Not a direct correlation||
Coaching style isn't a barometer of success. Style is a broken barometer. As mentioned by many above, the STYLE of a coach (a yeller, cerebral, manipulative, fiery, etc.) doesn't mean you will either succeed or fail. I think there are tendencies, but not direct correlations.
|11 weeks 3 days ago||It's always about TV schedules||
It's always about TV schedules and their maximizing eyeballs and profit. What we think doesn't really matter.
But, since I'm a fan of 12noon starts, I'd really like to see an MSU night game. What a sight: students and alums drinking all day long. The excitment of a night game, from the comfort of my living room. The fans after the game, having another one for the road. Overtime would really be special. Every hotel room booked, and everyone walking out of the Big House around midnight, with about 30,000 vehicles getting on the road by1am, and driving home. That sounds like a hoot. Of course, I'd be comfortably asleep a long time by that point, but yes, I think an MSU night game would be perfect.
EDIT: Maybe we need to set precedent with night games in November. The NFL does it without incident: time for the Big 10 to get with the program. Rutgers or OSU are the choices. Can you imagine a night game against OSU? That'd be a sight. And you couldn't give me free tickets to go to that game.
|11 weeks 4 days ago||Not many redeeming values in being a Browns fan||
There aren't many redeeming values in being a Browns fan. I suppose the only thing is not being a Bills fan or a Buckeyes fan. (And iirc, the Chargers, Texans, Cardinals, and Falcons also have a history of great futility. At least the Browns have the 8 championships, albeit all but one being before my lifetime.)
|11 weeks 4 days ago||Not many redeeming values in being a Browns fan||
There aren't many redeeming values in being a Browns fan. I suppose the only thing is not being a Bills fan or a Buckeyes fan. (And iirc, the Chargers, Texans, Cardinals, and Falcons also have a history of great futility. At least the Browns have the 8 championships, albeit all but one being before my lifetime.)
|11 weeks 4 days ago||I remember using the UofM mainframe||
I remember using the UofM mainframe back in 1978. I actually kept one small stack of cards from a fortran program as a memento. A friend from UofM was so excited to get one of the first gen IBM PC's in the early 80's. I vaguely remember the internet way back before it was cool . . . somewhere between 1985 & 1988. That was also the time of the first home computer in our apartment . . . I believe a IBM PC XT clone? In the very late 80's, for a short while, I worked with a wholesaler out of NYC to put together desktop computers to sell to fellow grad students. At that time, the markup on PC's was huge. I could save fellow students hundreds of bucks on a PC, and still pocket a couple hundred.
|11 weeks 4 days ago||Probably not good to make such a post||
Probably not good to make such a post. Where it gets challenging is when UofM and especially the team is majorly involved in abortion or gay rights. For instance,
All of the above topics would be difficult to discuss on the board. The thread would probably be locked quickly. But it would be relevant, albeit difficult to comment on dispassionately.
|11 weeks 4 days ago||Point of Clarification||
So, several points of clarification. As a blog run by Brian and his minions, they have the ability to lock, delete, or front page any thread, as they see fit. As already mentioned above, when posts become inappropriate or inflammatory, that's probably going to happen. Life is too short for moderators to have to constantly monitor and police idiocy.
However, Brian himself has a FAQ post. It is found under the "MGoBoard" tab at top. You will notice it doesn't exactly match up to some of what has been said above. Here is the relevant section:
From my perspective, this topic could have remained because it falls under the fourth ONTOPIC category: University of Michigan topics that don't relate to sports. The problem wasn't the topic, or even politics. This wasn't about Republicans or Democrats or Washington DC or ballot issues, etc. The problem was with posters across the spectrum getting their shorts in a wad and beginning flame wars. The topic has to do with the exchange of ideas, with how this can be expressed, with freedom of speech, with politically correct speech, with racism, with a host of issues.
I'm not a moderator, and will never be one. However, I'm guessing that a UofM topic like this will be allowed . . . until it degenerates into a flame war. This is one of those "that's why we can't have nice things" issues. If you are passionate about this, one way or the other, you absolutely can't let your passion cause you to start lobbing bombs in the other direction. Or you get banned and threads get locked.
|11 weeks 5 days ago||I am really glad for this post||
I realize the mods may well pull or lock this soon, but I will be following this carefully, and find it of great interest. I am less concerned about American Sniper, and Harbaugh, and more interested in what happens going forward, in particular, with Zeinab Khalil. I'd like to see how and to what degree she is held accountable.
As to those who say it should be pulled: why? It is off season. It is about UofM. It is a matter of great interest to many UofM followers. The topic is not about whether a particular viewpoint is right or wrong. It is about political correctness, and whether there is a bias allowing speech from some in one area of the political spectrum but not from another.
Thanks much to the OP for the link.
|11 weeks 5 days ago||Confused||
I'm confused . . . is UMbig11 a troll? Or is this a partially collapsed thread? Missing something here.
|11 weeks 5 days ago||Hmmm . . .||
Hmmm. Things I never knew. Sounds like we went to different schools, in different eras. I never experienced any of these things at UofM or in my fraternity.
|11 weeks 5 days ago||Double post||
Double post, double fun.
|11 weeks 5 days ago||Fascinating question||
Like the OP said, emotions are wrapped up in this question. There are so many metrics. I agree with many of the posters above, and think the Red Wings are way up there. They have had an incredible run the last 20 some years. Also think the Patriots have had sustained success under Belichick and with Brady at QB.
Even as a Chicago native, I agree that the Blackhawks aren't quite there yet. But they're not far. They had the highest average attendance and the largest TV audience in 2013-2014. They currently are listed number 4 on the most profitable list of NHL teams. I don't know what the playoffs will bring, and what will happen with payroll and salary caps. But should they win, and should they be able to retain their core and continue to win, they would have to be in the discussion.
The team that has been a bit under the radar is the Bulls. They are at the top for attendance this year, and with Jordan, have a perfect record when in the Finals. They've got a ways to achieve the success of the Lakers and the Celtics. But this year is very interesting. With Rose healthy, and if he stays healthy, they could win it all, and have the core to be competitive for several years.
I'm at a loss with baseball. Though a Sox fan, the Cubs will always fill Wrigley, the Tigers have been very good, and the Yankees and now the Red Sox are also very competitive. The Cardinals always seem to do well.
|11 weeks 6 days ago||Liked the ND song too||
I liked the ND song too. Poked fun at what people pray about. Way, way, way better than "We are ND" or "In the Big House." Obv., not the kind of thing you do with a band on Saturdays. Still like the song.
|11 weeks 6 days ago||Always about the money||
It will always be about TV money. As long as TV pays the money, they dictate when the games are played. I asked Dave Brandon about this a couple years ago, and he said it wasn't going to change, but get worse, if anything.
I am with WD, and am a fan of noon starts. I love having breakfast, walking down and hearing the drumline, having a brat and cider, seeing pregame, watching the game, having a leisurely late afternoon victory meal at Zingerman's or the like, then heading home to Chicago. That isn't going to be happening much. I'm resigned to the night games, and don't think things will get better.
Here in Chicago, it is irritating that two of the Blackhawks four first round games against the Preds have a 8:30 CST (9:30pm in Ann Arbor) start time. With no 5 minute OT periods, those games won't be over til well after 11pm. On a weeknight. This is all about the money and the branding, and not about the fan.
For those of you who love night games, who love the publicity, who love the "branding," well, you've gotten exactly what Dave Brandon was looking for. I'm more old school, more Bo & Woody and 12 noon starts. But that makes me a grumpy old "get off my lawn" kind of guy. And my harrumphs aren't going to change things.
|12 weeks 2 days ago||Coffee||
Coffee. It is my drug of choice. Nothing like a good cup of coffee.
|12 weeks 3 days ago||Penn State||
Picture from Penn State. This was the shrine to JoePa. Several bronze statues, etc. Removed after the Sandusky scandal.
|12 weeks 3 days ago||Great article||
I loved that article by Chait. I love the free interchange of ideas, the marketplace of thought. I decidedly agree with the quip regarding the fact that while I may disagree with you, I strongly support your right to your own views and beliefs. For many years, I have kept many of my thoughts to myself, because of the chilling effect of the PC police. As a privileged white male, my thoughts are often suspect merely because of my status. And when my thoughts don't jibe with the majority culture, it is hopeless and pointless to express them.
|12 weeks 3 days ago||Context||
Context always matters.
Personally, I think you need to separate policy and implementation. Policy questions (Should we be in Afghanistan? Iraq? Iran? The Middle East? How long should we stay? What should our role be?) can be addressed one way. Implementation (support for our troops on the ground) is another thing altogether. I believe you support the office of the President, regardless of who is sitting in that position. I also believe we support our troops in the job they have to do. Admittedly, I can't be unbiased, as my own flesh and blood daughter is currently serving as an ACNT on a Destroyer in the Navy.
|12 weeks 5 days ago||Won't play this game||
Won't play this game. I don't know who is reading this. I don't want to be disrespectful to the camp of either LeVert or Brown. And honestly, I want both. And if Brown wants to come to Michigan, I'll bet you the cost of the next HTTV that Beilein finds a way to accomodate BOTH Brown AND LeVert.
|12 weeks 5 days ago||Please edit the title||
One of the suggestions on posts is having informative titles. Your title lacks one important thing: the name of the player you are referring to. You have the ability to edit your OP and add this to the title. The more you know . . .
As regards your question, this is one of the strengths of Beilein: identifying solid under the radar recruits that no one else was interested in. Just off the top of my head:
That's five proven players that virtually everyone else whiffed on. (I'm not counting Wagner, because he is incoming, and isn't proven yet.) Still, Beilein is an absolute master at identifying great players that no one else sees. You shouldn't be surprised by this!
|12 weeks 6 days ago||There's a reason BR is frowned upon||
I don't know that it was codified, but there was a time when linking to BR at MGoBlog was deeply frowned upon, leading to deleted threads, downvotes, etc. BR articles like this are why I rarely, rarely, rarely go to BR. I didn't take the click bait, but the thought that Michigan would be in the title game is ludicrous. I don't want that koolaid and don't know why that would get any publicity.
|12 weeks 6 days ago||Great post||
This is a great reminder of what is really important. JH is having his cake and eating it too.
|13 weeks 1 day ago||Disagree with you||
I think Harbaugh would rather see OSU win than Oregon. But we'll never know for sure (at least I won't . . . don't travel is those rarefied circles.)
Not as sure on Izzo. I like Beilein better, but I think the two respect each other. Hard to say for sure.
|13 weeks 1 day ago||Harbaugh?||
I hear all this hate for MSU, and I kind of understand it. But I still want the Big 10 to win. I'm with Harbaugh on this one. Here's what he said about Ohio State vs. Oregon:
I feel the same way as Harbaugh. Yeah, I don't like MSU, and I don't like OSU, but I want to stomp them myself. I don't want to see SEC or PAC10 or ACC teams beat up on the Big 10.
And Izzo was rooting for Michigan when we were the only team left.
As I get ready to save this post, I see that Duke is beating MSU handily. Which will undoubtedly make many of you happy. But I am loyal to our conference, even if that means rooting for the Spartans.
|13 weeks 1 day ago||Prefer MSU over Duke||
There are several reasons I'd rather see MSU win than Duke. I like Izzo, as a competitor, and a class guy. I don't think he is sleazy like many coaches out there. I like that he helped Beilein when Beilein first came to Michigan. I like the Big 10, and hate Duke. I'd probably feel differently if I lived in Michigan. Or if Izzo was a huge scumbag. But I can't stand the smugness of Duke. I still have bad memories about Duke - Michigan games from more than 20 years ago. And I really hate the one and done dynamic. Duke, just a half step behind Kentucky, loads up with freshmen. The last reason I want MSU to win is that I believe they can beat Duke, but I also believe there is no way MSU beats Kentucky or Wisconsin. For me, the perfect scenario would be a Big 10 final game, with a Wisconsin win.
|13 weeks 1 day ago||Love several things - tall question||
For years, I have wanted a couple of the things now available . . . the long sleeve crew with the block M at the chest, and the Adidas/Taylor made Golf that looks very similar, but with a 1/4 zipper. In fact, I like them so much my problem is different than WD: I'll definitely order now, in case Adidas is no longer the apparel vendor in the future.
My question: I'm reasonably big . . . 6'4", weight of a lineman, and have a 37" sleeve. On Mden's website, I see no tall sizing. Is any available in Ann Arbor? When I'm able to get an XXL - tall, it always fits better in the sleeve and just a little bit of extra length at the bottom.
|13 weeks 1 day ago||Cool||
So, were you in China, or do you have a link?
|13 weeks 3 days ago||We're definitely into conservation||
We're definitely into conservation. It really is crazy, and kind of embarrassing. My wife is over the top. We save every drop and dribble of ketchup, oil, syrup, salad dressing, etc. To save on electricity and wear and tear, we dry almost all our clothes out on the line. The thermostat is programmed so we really need that comforter and a hat for bed in the winter. After kids TP'd our house (our son is a football player, and cheerleaders did this,) we gathered most of the TP and used it. We save the shreds of soap and make them into a new bar/cake of soap. Half of this is the whole principle of conservation, the other half is being frugal.
So here's where it drives me insane. My wife will not enjoy a meal out in a restaurant if it costs a chunk of change. But that doesn't mean she enjoys a meal that is low quality. This also goes with some dates. So, I have to find very creative ways to find things to do that she enjoys, that are high quality, but don't cost an arm and a leg. If I find the right deal, or discount, or something like that, it is a win - win situation. I guess I should count my blessings. I know others who have wives who want you to spend a ton of money that you can't really afford. Otherwise, they don't feel loved or valued. That will never be my problem.
|13 weeks 3 days ago||Good sign||
What Hackett says is a good sign. I'm glad he is listening to players, alumni, and the current student body.
I will say, however, that atmosphere is a tricky thing. There's no doubt that the monetization, the following of the NFL entertainment model, is not what I want. But what makes atmosphere "right" isn't something that can be quickly manufactured. There are many things that go into that stew.
Piping in lots of loud rawk music is not part of the atmosphere I want. Having endless advertisements streaming over the jumbotron or whatever it is called would be incredibly annoying. As would banner ads flicking on and off.
I will say, however, that I just don't get the passion about Nike vs. Adidas. I've had good gear and crappy gear from both. I wouldn't sell out just for money, but I would demand quality, from whoever has the uniform contract.
|13 weeks 4 days ago||Been burned for years||
Hope springs eternal, but my expectations are tempered by what has happened over the last eight years (yes, including Carr's final year.) Even Harbaugh took time to get Stanford up to speed. I guess I'd be pretty happy with an 8 - 4 record, and anything better would be wonderful.
Really, if Michigan wins versus MSU or OSU or both, I'd be ecstatic with an 8 - 4 record. (I'd rather be 8 - 4 with a win over both those two then 10 - 2 with a loss to those two.) Mostly, I want Michigan to be competitive in every game, and not to lose because of bone headed coaching and play. Play to win, but don't make stupid mistakes again and again. If the OL and DL and secondary and receivers and RB are playing as well as they can and we lose, I can live with that. Our recruiting hasn't been at the same level as OSU, even though it improved from Hoke over RR. If Michigan is competitive, and the caliber of recruits improves by 2016, I would be altogether happy.
|13 weeks 4 days ago||Curious on details of graduate school||
So, my understanding is that someone who has graduated and still has eligibility can transfer immediately to a school with a graduate degree not offered by your previous school.
I looked at the graduate schools at Michigan, and see what looks like about 200 different programs. Many would probably not be up Jake's alley (dance? women's studies? theatre, drama, engineering, etc.) I'm kind of assuming that many graduate programs have a requirement of certain undergrad degrees before you can enroll in the graduate program.
So, several questions:
Yeah, like said above, it makes me think of the infamous OSU "I didn't come here to play school" quote. Still, I'm curious, for those of you who are in Rackham, either as a student or administrator, how this process will work.
|13 weeks 4 days ago||Great news||
This is great news. Rudock has been in the wars. He is more of a "sure thing" as far as I'm concerned then Morris, Speight, or Malzone. Maybe Morris and Rudock compete. But this gives the depth so that Malzone can redshirt . . . unless he really, really shows he is ready. Maybe Speight will surprise me. Regardless, I want to see competition, and I want to see the best QB win, and I want to see some depth.
As much as we all hate OSU, you have to acknowledge that their QB depth saved their bacon this last year. How much would Michigan benefit from having three QB's on the roster like Braxton Miller, J.T. Barrett, and Cardale Jones? I expect that until we have a clear, experienced, skilled, talented QB starter, we're going to see a lot of guys coming in to give it a shot. Not all of them can make it, but I'm sure all of them want the opportunity to run a team as QB under Harbaugh. May the best man win.
|13 weeks 4 days ago||SMH||
Not transferring. Perhaps you linked on a slow news day to amuse the board? I hope so, because no one in their right mind could think this was happening.
|13 weeks 5 days ago||Why are you going to a wedding?||
Can't your wife go without you? Get your priorities straight, man.
|13 weeks 5 days ago||Gentrifying Article||
The gentrifying article was pretty disturbing. I'm glad for the link. There's no way any stadium should be publicly financed. Just ridiculous.
I was never opposed to the luxury boxes at Michigan, and am glad they were built. But what is disturbing is pricing games out of the range of normal folks to go to a single game or two. When you can't bring in water or seat cushions, when a single hot dog approaches $10, when the hoi polloi spend well more than a $100 a game for for a ticket, parking, food, etc., it doesn't work anymore. I really hope that the branding and gouging that happend under Brandon is gone for good.
|13 weeks 6 days ago||Great decision||
The WFA was a good thing. But too many "good things" take time away from the focus needed for a great team. It takes a leader like Harbaugh to say "no" to a number of good things. The goal is to be great. And that means sacrifices have to be made.
Let's face it, neither RR nor Hoke were doing lots of bad things. They weren't unethical in what they did. But they didn't have the time and the energy to give to the WFA, etc. Very specifically, if I had to choose between satellite camps and WFA, there'd be no decision other than the one made by Coach Harbaugh.
|13 weeks 6 days ago||What about over Beilein's tenure?||
It would be helpful to see a chart that shows how Michigan compares over Beilein's tenure.
|14 weeks 2 days ago||Michigan Links||
|14 weeks 3 days ago||Double post.||
|14 weeks 3 days ago||Doesn't matter either way||
What I care about is the game on the field, not the stands. I miss Michigan football being competitive and playing for championships and titles. The stadium itself doesn't matter so much.
I mean, I will always be nostalgic. I miss being a student, and the haze over the bowl where students sat, and being able to buy tickets from anyone, and not being scanned, and being able to bring stuff into the stadium that is now verboten. I miss seeing dozens of girls passed up from the first row to the top of the stadium, and beach balls, and toilet paper, and apple cider bottles being sold for a pittance, and the art deco lettering spelling out "MICHIGAN STADIUM." But those things are never coming back. They are fond memories that I hold dear, but they are memories. As long as the team does well, and the administration doesn't gouge and nickel and dime every fan, I can live with the other changes, including the luxury boxes and all.
|14 weeks 4 days ago||I'm with Harbaugh||
I'm with Harbaugh and others who support the Big 10 . . . I'm a partial Big 10 supporter. That means I'd like to see Wisconsin do well the rest of the way. Michigan State? No. I want Sparty's heart broken asap. So I'd bump ND out (I can't root for ND) and slide everyone but Wichita State down one to make room for Wisconsin. If Wisconsin makes it to the Final Four, but loses to Wichita State, I'd be perfectly happy.
Partly it is matchups. For instance, I'd love to see MSU lose to Oklahoma, or to NC State. But I think I'd rather see MSU beat Louisville. And if that happened, and MSU played Duke in the Final four, I'd really be torn. I hate to say it, but I'd rather MSU beat Duke than vice versa.
|14 weeks 5 days ago||Love that "there's a chance"||
I love that there's a chance Brown comes to Michigan. I'm definitely with those who are sick and tired of heariing recruits talk about the importance of academics, but then go to a decidedly poor school in terms of the same.
In related but different news, I kind of agree with Pitino, who said this week that high school kids should be given the option to go straight to the NBA. If a kid wants to go straight to the D league, and has zero interest in college, I think that should be an option. I completely understand the one and done route for those who have no interest whatsoever in academics, and are just in school to study basketball.
For anyone who has some interest in school, and isn't a clear top 5 or top 10 player, going to college for several years makes sense. I really think that two to three years of college is very helpful for all but the very best players.
|14 weeks 6 days ago||Great post||
Thanks for the link . . . good to hear more about how practice is going. Glad to hear Morris is doing well. Although, I'll believe he is the starter when they take the field for the first game, and not before. Also am very intrigued by what will happen with Graham Glasgow. Hope that LTT rounds into form. Would love to see Pipkins up to to speed as well.
|14 weeks 6 days ago||Never had cable||
I just never got around to cable. Not quite true: had it "free" for the month or two trial period. Anyway, Here's the math: I've been in this house 17 years. If cable was $100 a month, I've saved $20k over that period. That means I've about paid for a new car by not having cable. If I lived in Ann Arbor, I think that would have paid for a season ticket to football and basketball over the same period of time.
Obviously, some cable is more, some less, but that seemed a reasonable round number. There are different questions only you can answer. How much sports do you watch? Do you have friends you can watch a game with? What kind of antenna reception do you get? What are the stations available via antenna? Are there sports bars nearby?
Via antenna, I get CBS, NBC, ABC, WGN, Fox, PBS, and a few others (I'm in suburban Chicago.) I'm able to see several games on ABC. I go to a couple games live. I go to a friend's house for a couple more. There are conflicts for several others. And the rest I can go to the local sports bar and watch. The amount of money I pay to bring beer and snacks to a friend's house, or to pay for the bar tab, is almost nothing compared to what I've saved by not having cable. Now, if I was a 20 year old sports addict, it would be harder. But I'm not. The truth is, other than sports, I watch almost no TV. And I can get a DVD from redbox or the library when I want to watch a movie.
For me, I can't think why anyone who watches their money would even consider having cable. I know there are reasons, but you're just paying for a service that is way overpriced. The other thing is, if you have cable, I think you're tempted to watch more TV, because you feel you have to get your money's worth by watching something you paid for. That just encourages wasted time.
|15 weeks 1 day ago||I think you're right||
I think you're right about it being an informal convention. There are certainly very strong feelings about it. There is no point to an OT post on religion per se. Even an OT post about religion and U of M is probably not wise.
Where it gets a little tricky is with threads like this. By the very nature of Liberty University (Jerry Falwell, creationism, etc.) it almost invites comments. Because of the intersection with Jeff Meyers, it is kind of a grey area.
Harbaugh actually has made some comments about religion that have been quoted. Occasionally athletes do the same thing. Most of the time, the faith life of coaches and players stays private, as I think it should in our culture, at a public university.
To the best of my knowledge, we haven't had anyone like Tebow, who almost invites commentary. (and much of it negative.) However, when players choose to address religion or faith publicly, and are covered in the media doing so, it almost becomes "on topic." If the players choose to answer religious questions publicly (or the coaches,) that is their perogative. I'm not a reporter, so I don't really know the ethics of how they choose to address spiritual things that are brought up by players.
I'm not going to bother finding links, but you can find articles on Beilein, on Meyers, on Hatch, on Morgan, on Burke, on Harbaugh, among others. I think they don't hide their faith, but they don't highlight it either. Faith issues are important to me personally, but this is a sports blog, and I'm fine with that. As I said above, faith life isn't directly relevant to coaching or playing.
I will be inconsistent and provide one link: Here is an article about Jim Harbaugh and his Catholic Church service trips to Peru:
To me, this is awesome. But it really doesn't matter in terms of his coaching of Michigan.
EDIT: If someone is interested in this kind of topic, Google is your friend. Typing in a coach's or players name and "faith" will often bring up articles.
|15 weeks 1 day ago||I guess we'll find out what Meyer will consider||
Maybe Liberty is the only one offering Meyer. Maybe he is too old to get a head coach position elsewhere. I suspect he would fit in the culture of Liberty. I know a little bit about him (know some people at the church he attends in AA.) However, that's not really relevant, other than the fact that I know he is a person of faith, and there probably are some faith guidelines necessary for a coach at Liberty. If you read the article I linked to elsewhere in this thread, it seems Meyer had success at Liberty, and it went to their president's head. My guess is there is a new administration, and they'd love to have Meyer back.
Regarding your other comments, I agree. Whether or not someone is trustworthy has limited connection to their religious beliefs. And the nature of someone's religious beliefs has limited connection to what kind of coach they would be.
I personally like the idea of coaches who are ethical and take the high road. But this doesn't mean that they need to be a Christian. Nothing infuriates me more than a coach who is public about spiritual things and then acts unethically. Exhibit A for me: Jim Tressel. I'd much rather have a quiet, ethical coach (Beilein?) rather than someone who wears their faith on their sleeve and is a total cheat and hypocrite.
|15 weeks 1 day ago||Strongly agree||
I strongly agree with you. The religious beliefs of any coaches are irrelevant to his (or her) recruiting or coaching duties. Michigan should seek the best coaches possible regardless of their personal belief (or lack thereof) in a higher being of some kind. I'd want a coach to be evaluated in terms of wins and losses and how they reflect on the University.
However, I'll make three observations.
|15 weeks 1 day ago||It can be complicated||
It can be complicated. I don't believe that Beilein ever brings religion into his coaching, although I don't know personally. From what I have heard and seen, he doesn't hide his faith, but it isn't something he forces on the team.
I also don't believe that a coach's faith or lack of faith has a direct correlation to his coaching ability. There are great coaches who have no faith in a higher being of any kind. Conversely, there are terrible coaches who have a strong faith in God. Honestly, Michigan would want the best coach possible, regardless of faith issues.
I also, FTR, don't believe that God is particularly with one team or another because of their faith or lack of faith. Again, I don't see any correlation.
I would agree that Beilein is a good coach and a good man, period. The most I would say is that there may be some correlation between someone of good character and someone of faith. But it isn't a clear causal connection. It gets tricky because there are always hypocrites out there. (those who claim faith, but don't live it out.)
Again, the most I'll say is that I believe Beilein and Meyer are a good fit because both are good men, men of integrity and honesty and humility and hard work. I do think that because of the scandal a few years ago, there was an interest in ethics and integrity when a coaching search was done. I am confident that Beilein may have been the best coach out there in this regard. I don't suspect that Beilein's faith life or lack thereof was a factor when the search was done.
|15 weeks 1 day ago||Will spell it out||
The article I linked explicitly mentions that Beilein and Meyer shared many of the same values.
Yes, Beilein is Roman Catholic, Meyer is Evangelical. Having said that, their faith is important to both of them, although neither are very public about this. Their personal faith and values are personal.
My observation is that there is often more in common between a committed Catholic and a devoted Evangelical than there is between a committed Catholic and a Catholic in name only, or a devoted Evangelical and an Evangelical who gives faith lip service.
Beilein and Meyer work well together. The are a so-called "good fit." Both are men of high integrity, of faith and honesty and hard work. I apologize if that wasn't clear in my post.
|15 weeks 1 day ago||Good article on Meyer||
Some of you might remember an incident several years ago when Tom Crean got in Meyer's face after a Michigan - Indiana game. In the coverage afterwards, I remember reading a great article by Balas at The Wolverine tracing Meyer's coaching history. I did a search, and here it is:
There have been some pretty snarky comments here about Liberty and even about Meyer. I pretty much think that Beilein is cut from the same cloth. If you don't care for Jeff Meyer, you probably really don't like Beilein either. My personal thoughts? Both are great coaches, along with LaVell and Bacari. Meyer would be a significant loss, but I wish him well, and am sure we will manage if he moves on.
|15 weeks 3 days ago||Former coaches, not coaches||
I think the "Ged" caught my eye, as to why I responded.
And former coaches, not a coach. You are correcct.
Lastly, I'm not a mod, or an Internet Nazi, and so I don't typically comment. But just because I didn't comment in the past doesn't preclude me encouraging you to leave things like this unsaid.
My personal thought is that if he ends up at Michigan, it will be as a preferred walkon or the like.
|15 weeks 3 days ago||A GAME!||
Very cool to have a real scrimmage, a real game. Won't be able to tell a lot, but should be a lot more fun than anything we've seen for many years.
|15 weeks 3 days ago||March Madness?||
With Michigan out,
|15 weeks 3 days ago||I'm on safari when it happens . . .||
For a minute, I thought . . .
After which I thought, get a life! Why are you bothering with mgoblog if you are on safari.
After which I realized, I am probably old enough to be your father if I was confused that way.
|15 weeks 3 days ago||You may be right . . .||
But this isn't the place to put this kind of post up. Never put up posts that trash potential recruits. And for that matter, coaches. Note that I'm not necessarily questioning your position, only that you chose to put a post up about it. Stop now, and don't do it again.
|15 weeks 4 days ago||Wear what you want||
I'm in the "wear what you want" crowd. Now, I personally don't wear jerseys, and have no desire to. Never have, and doubt I ever will. But I know folks that do wear jerseys, and they're pushing 80.
For some reason, I think it's cute when boys wear jerseys. My 13 year old son was so excited to get his Denard jersey a couple years ago. He has a bunch of jerseys, from playing ball, and from elsewhere.
I also think the jerseys look great on his sisters. Grown men? It just isn't my style.
One way to think about this: would you like your mother and father to wear jerseys? In public? Going shopping, to the mall, to a movie, to church? If you're good with it, that's great. If you're not, that's probably a clue about what you think is appropriate for jersey wear.
Final thought: when I think of grown men wearing jerseys, here's the kind of image that comes to mind:
Just not the picture I like. I'll close where I began: wear what you want. But I don't want to wear a jersey.
|15 weeks 5 days ago||If not accurate, changed recently||
My nephew played for Ignatius, and last time I was in Cleveland, the Plain Dealer had something about Grbac coaching in that area.
|15 weeks 5 days ago||Thank you, Mike Cohodes||
Thank you, Mike Cohodes. This is personal to me. As a pastor, I am sick and tired of priests and pastors circling the wagons and protecting their own. (FTR, I have no idea what the fraternity of rabbi's do.) Regardless, the scandal we see in the Roman Catholic Church often has to do with the Vatican and the Bishops denying and hiding and covering up priest sexual abuse.
In my own church body, I had to lead in confronting a colleague who was abusing prescription medications, and was in complete deny, deny, deny mode. Sadly, the tipping point was when we brought in his own wife to confront him. It was very painful for everyone involved: the church, his family, myself. But at the end of the day, it was the right thing to do. Ignoring the problem, enabling dishonesty and lack of accountability, giving a pass to someone you knew and were friends with, just didn't wash.
I'm sad at what has happened, but feel very strongly about this. Frankly, I'd like to know what some of the parents of these Sammies think. The lessons these guys are learning are terrible. I wish more could be done.
I also think that SDT is getting a real pass here: certainly, some of those sorority sisters who were there knew exactly what was going on, and who was doing what. Enough ranting. I can't and won't read more about this whole situation.
|15 weeks 5 days ago||Brought it on themselves||
The Sammies brought it on themselves:
They had a decision to make, and they decided to stand together. The refusal to identify those involved in the trip and vandalism leaves me with absolutely no sympathy for any of them.
|15 weeks 5 days ago||Definitely a cool story bro post||
This definitely is a "cool story, bro" post. Any pics?
|15 weeks 6 days ago||Yep||
Even though it brought a lot of ridicule, it really was hilarious and took a life of it's own. Here is a link to the followup post the next day: http://mgoblog.com/mgoboard/metaot-epic-stupid-nsfw-post
|16 weeks 2 days ago||Great team, great year, Fantastic coaching, lots of fun||
I really have absolutely no regrets. I love Beilein, and wouldn't trade him for ANY other coach. I really think he is clean, no funny business, and does a great job with the players. And I think some of the AAU and HS coaches are realizing that more and more, and will help steer some players his way.
One thing . . . as regards LeVert, it would be great if he returns, but here's the thing. I truly believe that Beilein will seek what is best for LeVert. If he is really projected to be a top 20 first round pick, it would be fine to go. I think that Michigan and Beilein will be fine either way.
|16 weeks 2 days ago||Not an either or question||
I don't think of this as Walton or Spike. We want and need both. Being in Chicago, and a Bulls fan, it is great to have lots of depth. Especially when you see D Rose go down . . . again. I want every single guy on the team. But that doesn't mean I wouldn't rather have Rose out there. I realize the NBA is different from the college game. But I think it is great to see starters sit and get a breather. Chicago didn't get good with Michael Jordan until he really embraced being part of a team.
This is why I don't envy several of the teams out there with big time stars. They too easily can be one and done players and not succeed as part of the team. Just look at Ohio State this year for an example. D'Angelo Russell is great, but with all their upper classmen, they really are a pretty meh team. Look at how we played Wisconsin compared to how Wisconsin demolished them last week . . . in Columbus. Michigan gave the Badgers a run for their money. Ohio State won't.
|16 weeks 2 days ago||Thanks for the info||
I should have just linked . . . I subscribe to the Trib, and assumed it was paywalled.
|16 weeks 2 days ago||Doyle?||
I get Spike and Irvin playing the whole game. But iirc, Doyle was on the bench a lot. I think it was in anticipation of Wisconsin, and I think Doyle played Wisconsin and Kaminsky very, very well.
|16 weeks 2 days ago||You missed two||
Morgan, and even Horford. Give us any one of Morgan, McGary, and Horford, and one of Robinson, LeVert, and Walton, and this year would have been vastly different. It still was very enjoyable. I think what Beilein did with the roster he had was absolutely stupendous, incredible, unbelievable.
|16 weeks 3 days ago||Short term vs. Long term Thinking||
Lake Delton, WI is outside of the Dells, and likewise, a location with vacation homes, etc. There was a lot of whining and moaning when the dam collapsed in 2008. But it forced needed improvements, and things are actually much better. In other words, it was a pain for them in the summer of 2008, but things quickly rebounded.
In Ohio, if the lake was drained, I suppose they could dredge a reasonable amount of it? (although, that's an awful lot of area to dredge.) At the very least, tree trunks and debris can be removed.
Imhe, it is better to be proactive than to wait for disaster to strike.
|16 weeks 3 days ago||Dam, not Damn||
Although, I would hazard a guess the latter word is used 99% more than the former.
|16 weeks 4 days ago||I like it||
|16 weeks 4 days ago||Take Him||
Not much to add, but I'm in the chorus of those saying, win now. I'm tired of the next year refrain, and I've been guilty of using it myself. Carpe Diem. I actually think the OL is starting to gel, which will help. So many good things I see:
|16 weeks 4 days ago||Ok||
|16 weeks 5 days ago||Kind of agree with you||
I kind of mostly agree with you. (how's that for a weaselly statement?) With the nature of nostalgia and looking back, you tend to, as you write, have a "photo album of sunny days." Obviously, my fraternity didn't err in the particular ways of race and property, at least not egregiously.
I guess, however, that I think we give ourselves a pass too often, in too many ways, and excuse bad behavior. In the case of my fraternity, I can think of several things. One is the tolerance and implicit approval of alcohol abuse. I wouldn't tolerate today what I did then. A specific subset of that was guys in the house trying to get girls drunk, presumably so they would be more amenable to sex. Not far removed from date rape and roofies, imhe.
Speaking of sex, another problem was viewing women as trophies, as notches on a belt, as someone to have casual sex with, but nothing else. There was a lot of sexism and a lack of respect. That's another area where I've grown up.
Something more hidden, more difficult to root out, is the sense of elitism, of pride, of privilege inherent in many fraternities. I've been aware of my own elitism, living in a blue collar area for many years now. There's a kind of paternalistic, snotty, dismissive attitude too common among many fraternities and sororities. It isn't just failing to have a proper sense of noblesse oblige. It is literally feeling you are better than others, somehow, because of your fraternity, your education, your race, your privilege, your religion. This, I think, is something very common among Greeks, common in a way that many are not even aware of it.
This is the kind of thinking you see with "middle class" Palo Alto Michigan student Jesse Klein. I think it is pretty easy to have blind spots, and not even be aware of the problems we each have.
|16 weeks 5 days ago||You've made my point more eloquently||
Lynching is beyond the pale. Singing "Nigger" when you are from white privilege is just wrong. It will always be wrong. There is no context that I can think this is acceptable. I understand that some people think some pretty horrible things. But society has to censure such speech and behavior, if we are to have society at all.
I do like the idea of diverse ideas in a University community. I think the idea of diversity is a great ideal, but often doesn't happen . . . ironically, some of the most forward thinking individuals can be the most closed minded. But this whole chant is another thing altogether.
|16 weeks 5 days ago||Not quite||
Not quite, Bodogblog. FTR, grew up in inner-city Chicago on the west side. In a race diverse area. Mrs. SRK didn't get a degree, nor join a sorority. Think about some of these issues now because I currently live in a majority - minority community (i.e., 40% white, 30% hispanic, 20% asian, 6% black, 4% other.) I certainly have done things I regret, race wise and otherwise. Will strongly agree with you that navel gazing is often a waste of time. But some self reflection is worth while. That old "the unexamined life is not worth living" thing.
One of the things that I read yesterday (and I don't think I commented anywhere) was that this kind of racist chanting had a real history at OU and at a number of SAE chapters in Texas. In other words, this wasn't surprising to some in the know. That's something that was new to me. I had no idea this kind of thing went on. I honestly am curious about the experience of others.
Oh, and I vaguely remember that my fraternity was kicked off campus at Michigan back in the 20's for alcohol and bathtub gin during prohibition. So not like I'm coming from a place that never did stupid things. Glass houses and all.
|16 weeks 5 days ago||Not sure||
Not sure of that. I get that legally, they didn't do anything "criminal," because of free speech laws. However, can't the University have different standards, and expect not just what is "legal," but what fits their speech code? People can say all kinds of heinous things (racist, sexist, homophobic, etc.) But it seems to me that this could be grounds for dismissal. Well, at the end of the day, I don't know, and as said in the thread, I can't imagine expelled students wanting to "sue" OU or to bring this up publicly.
One thing for sure: with camera phones and video, I would hope the current generation understands they can be held accountable for anything they say and do.
|16 weeks 5 days ago||Think you mean SAE house mom||
Zoltan, I think you mean the SAE house mom, not the Sammie house mom. It would be too ironic for her to be at Sammie: their history, according to Wikipedia, is a Jewish only Fraternity from their founding in New York in 1909 until they became "open" in 1953. LINK: Sigma Alpha Mu. SAE, on the other hand, was founded in 1856 at Alabama, and their heritage as a fraternity from the deep south would explain (but not excuse) this kind of racism.
|16 weeks 5 days ago||What are grounds for expulsion?||
What are grounds for expulsion? I mean, this just seems completely unacceptable to me. It is beyond comprehension to me that someone could sing this, or believe this. If this doesn't warrant expulsion, what does? It isn't criminal: people have the right to say or sing what they want. But it would seem to me that the bar is lower, so to speak, for a University. I would think they can choose to expel whoever they want for any number of reasons.
|16 weeks 5 days ago||It cuts both ways||
Maybe Beilfeldt decides to go early. Maybe he decides to wait until it is clear there is no room. It isn't that Beilein is stringing him along. And because of the time commitment (i.e., 4 years,) Beilein can't hand out offers like candy.
Specifically, I would wait until the following possibilities are gone:
If none of these four plus one happen, plus LaVert stays, then yes, extend a fifth year to Beilfeldt. If LaVert stays, and Moritz wants to come, and Brown wants to come, well, we have to find a way to make room for all of them. Even if that meant Beilfeldt not returning, and Hatch taking a medical or special scholarship the rest of the way.
|16 weeks 6 days ago||Few suggestions||
So, it wasn't clear from your initial post, but have you been on campus before? If not, I would probably try to do some things on the campus proper. Walk through main campus, the law quad, walk through Nickels Arcade, check out Michigan swag, etc. I'll defer to current students and townies for restaurant recommendations right on campus, but I'd consider staying close, as in Cottage Inn for pizza. It also helps a little bit to know what kind of food you want, your budget, etc. I mean, Blimpies and Pizza Bob's are great and cheap. I love Zingerman's, but it isn't right on campus and is kinda pricey for what you get. Still worth going, but just saying.
Being you're going to Ann Arbor, I doubt it makes any difference whatsoever, but remember that this is Easter weekend. It won't matter Good Friday, and if you're leaving Saturday for Fort Wayne, it won't matter then either. But it might affect a few places on Easter Sunday.
|17 weeks 3 days ago||I love me some snark||
I love me some snark. I am sure you're right about JH (and that tweet of his.) I'm also sure that Meyer and Saban can be snarky.
I think the thing for me is not the snark, but what you apply it to. I would hope and assume that all of the coaches I listed would do the right thing in a situation like this. It would bug me if Meyer had done this, for mgobloggers to dismiss his actions as being self-serving and cold and calculated. That's all I was saying, and I think it was underscored by the fact that JH and Minick refused comment. They probably would have been happier if no one had known what they had done.
I find it interesting that JH regularly goes to do service work in South America . . . but there is not a whole lot published about it. He is happy to do it, but would prefer to do it without any publicity or accolades. Would that all of us acted in that way.
|17 weeks 3 days ago||Best thing: "Anyone would have done it"||
This is the money quote for me. You do something because it is the right thing to do, not because it will result in good pub or a photo op, etc. This reflects well on JH and Minick. "True heroism is remarkably sober, very undramatic. It is not the urge to surpass all others at whatever cost, but the urge to serve others at whatever cost." Arthur Ashe.
FTR, Eleven Warriors, albeit grudgingly, gave props to JH several days ago on this. I guess I cringe a bit at all the posts denegrating Meyer/Dantonio/Saban/Weis/Hoke. As I reflect on Bo, I believe he was Woody's fiercest rival, but the men respected each other and weren't snarky about each other. I heard more than a little snark from D. Brandon. I don't think that is Harbaugh's MO. Just my two cents.
|17 weeks 5 days ago||I hate some of these hypotheticals||
I hate some of these hypotheticals. Too many unanswered questions. Are you single? Married? Have children? Parents, siblings, others? What kind of job? What kind of jail? (White collar, ok, but tell me what's involved?) Without knowing more of your circumstances, it is impossible to answer.
I would never do this . . . now. Couldn't stand the thought of missing my wife, my teenage children, my daughter in the Navy, my career, and on and on and on. Maybe if I was 17 or 18, and had no commitments, and nothing that I'd likely be missing (death of a parent, marriage of a sibling/best friend, attendance at college, etc.)
|17 weeks 6 days ago||So many . . . how do you choose?||
So many to choose from.
|17 weeks 6 days ago||Love my Navy Champion Reverse Weave Sweatshirt||
Very basic . . . Navy sweatshirt, Champion reverse weave, maize "Michigan" sewn onto the front. Getting ragged, but that's a great sweater.
|17 weeks 6 days ago||This is the story that keeps on giving||
This is the story that keeps on giving. I do believe that investigators are being very thorough in their questions, one by one, of all the Sammies and SDT's who were actually there. Once they have done that, they can start cross referencing what each person said, and go back for second and third rounds of questions. I'd be interested to know if the investigation has come up with anyone who shared photos or vids from cell phones and cameras. Can you imagine what would happen once some of the actual perps are confronted with vids of themselves in the act of destroying property?
I think that there are very significant screws that can be applied, and bargaining chips that are out there. If the University offers non-expulsion clauses to students willing to fess up, some will turn and provide evidence against fellow fraternity brothers. Same thing with criminal charges. Same thing with financial penalties. I am not a lawyer, but I can imagine that that in a local jurisdiction, if punitive penalties could possibly be assessed, this could also change the tune of some who have so far remained silent.
|17 weeks 6 days ago||Distinction between mean and rape fueled||
Look, everyone has to deal with the reality of mean speech. Schilling says as much. But when it is directed to your daughter? And not just being mean, but saying she is easy, a slut, should be fisted, raped, filled with a Louisville Slugger? Is there any kind of boundary? Any kind of sense when lines have been crossed from mean speech to completely inappropriate speech? More than that, is it wrong if perps of this kind of misogynist speech are publicly identified and held accountable?
|17 weeks 6 days ago||Appreciate this post||
Thank you, Stephen, for linking to this article. Last year, I attended a lecture by Dr. Catherine Steiner Adair, a clinical instructor in the Dept. of Psychiatry at Harvard. She spoke partially on how the veil of anonymity and the nature of social media (blogs, FB, twitter, texting, etc.) had led to a huge explosion of inappropriate speech. IIRC, this was particularly a problem with teen males coming from privilege. The normal self-imposed filters used in actual conversations were largely gone. Working from the anonymity of a keyboard and a flickering screen, bullying, misogynist language, extremely crude and inappropriate images, were becoming more and more common.
Interestingly, the power to deal with this is there, as noted by Curt Schilling. If you know what you're doing, you can quickly unveil the real identity of Internet tough guys. There was a fascinating article entitled (LINK:) Goodbye Internet Anonymity: Swedish Tabloids Publicly Shame Forum Users. In that particular instance, public and political figures who had posted anonymously on Internet Forums were publicly outed, similar to what Schilling did with the jerks who posted on his daughter.
Here in Chicago, there were articles in the Sunday Tribune about Chicago Blackhawk player Sharp, and the anonymous slander and libelous claims made against him (see the mgoblog post (LINK:) "Blackhawks' forward Patrick Sharp Locker Room Cancer.") The claim in the Trib is that the reports of dissenion among the Blackhawks, and the claims made against Sharp, are not true and not substantiated. Again, with anonymity, cruel, spiteful, slanderous, hateful speech is easily spread.
Brian and Seth and FB and other Internet forum providers rarely highlight the fact, but they can actually reveal the identity of any users who greatly abuse their posting privilege. We talk about deleted posts and Bolivia and the Banhammer, but the real nuclear option would be to for any Internet forum to publicly identify the name, contact info, address, etc., of people writing horrible things.
It is a great question: should people be held accountable for their speech and actions? I think this is why the Treetops story continues to have traction. Many have asked, in the case of the Treetops debacle, why should young white males from a life of such privilege and wealth NOT be held accountable for clearly malicious and destructive action? Why should their anonymity be upheld?
As the father of three, including a beautiful 21 year old daughter currently in the Navy, I completely get what Schilling did, and am glad for the dialogue this opens.
|17 weeks 6 days ago||Many reasons||
There are several reasons for the conference tournaments, most of which are mentioned above.
There are, however, several other reasons, some of which are related to the above.
Some teams really develop or grow over the season. I actually think Beilein's teams are emblematic of this. Imagine, theoretically, if Caris and Walton both came back this week. (Caveat: we know this isn't happening, but imagine.) If those two guys were on the floor and healthy, Michigan actually could get lucky and win it all. Without the tourney, that couldn't happen. The reason it is called a Cinderella story is because it happens so rarely. The casual fan really loves Cinderella teams, much more than the 800 pound gorilla team that always wins.
Opportunity for basketball fans to see lots of games in a short time window with teams they might not have seen otherwise. I went to the tourney in Chicago two years ago. For someone who really loves basketball and has the disposable cash, it is great. You have 13 games over five days. If your team is decent (say in the top 5 - 6 teams,) you have the opportunity to see them 3 times in3 days. If you're really lucky, 4 times in 4 days. And you can see some great matchups with other teams you normally would never go to. For someone not living in AA who can't do season tickets, this is especially awesome.
Tourney play is slightly different from regular season play.
All in all, the succinct "$$$$$" posts hit the nail on the head. But there are plenty of secondary reasons tournaments are played.
|18 weeks 1 day ago||Show me the money||
As said above, this has been discussed in several different ways over the last week or so. Until we see something more definitive, it is just a lot of hearsay. I went to the two links you provided: they show Rudock, but nothing about this pending transfer.
|18 weeks 1 day ago||200 - 300 thousand a year not wealthy?||
As mentioned elsewhere, annual income in excess of $250k puts a family in the top 1%. Wealthy.
The fallacy is this. We are so segregated by income in the US that we can easily be surrounded by people in the same income strata. If everyone in your neighborhood has a similar house, similar vehicles, similar income, it is easy to assume you are like "everyone else." The elitism and privilege and cluelessness is mindboggling to me.
|18 weeks 2 days ago||Support Sexybits ban||
I support the Sexybits ban. Anyone who wants sexybits knows where to find them. I am very thankful not to find them here. I'll check mgoblog periodically during the work day. The last thing I need is for a member of my church or visitor to my office to see some jiggly sexy bits bouncing across my monitor. That would pretty much end mgoblog usage for me, among other things.
|18 weeks 2 days ago||A corollary to the title thing||
Here's a corollary to the title thing. And I have a title. I am a pastor. I have been called many things. I am fine with Pastor Kass, Pastor Steve, and in most cases, just Steve. My pet peeve is kids. Specifically, I am not fond of teens and younger calling me by my first name. It just seems . . . too familiar. I realize this is partly my own hangup: I want my own children to respond to others with respect, and calling a teacher or doctor or pastor by their first name will never seem right to me.
Another honorific thing: my grandparents (most of them) came from Germany. I asked my grandmother once if I should use "Du" oder "Sie." The answer was a definitive "Sie."
Having studied in Korea for a while a long time ago, I gather that there definitely were expectations on how youth addressed adults. Don't know if that has changed or not.
|18 weeks 2 days ago||I'm completely with you Seth||
I'm completely with you Seth. Having taken photos for 2/3 of my life, and correcting for color, I see white and gold. And even with the picture on the right, I see an improperly exposed photo. For me, the problem is how the question is asked. You can ask two different questions:
The first question is what was asked, so I go with white and gold.
|18 weeks 3 days ago||Cool||
My sister, among other things, has a food blog (http://lostrecipesfound.com/) lives in Skevanston, and has done a fair amount with recipe testing and baking. You may have crossed paths sometime.
|18 weeks 3 days ago||Took me a second . . .||
Took me a second to get the Justin & Spike reference. Which reminds me of three things:
|18 weeks 3 days ago||How'd you become a Wolverine fan?||
Demetrious, how'd you become a Michigan fan? Were you originally from Michigan?
EDIT: my daughter is an ACNT in Norfolk. What is your rating, or are you an officer?
|18 weeks 3 days ago||Best if incident just fades away||
It would be best if the incident just faded away. And better if no one mocks it. I hope you're right: this isn't the best kind of publicity. (And FTR, even though more news on this has come out, I haven't created a thread about it, nor do I plan to do so.)
|18 weeks 3 days ago||Most money||
I'd like to see the Big 10 get the most money for the conference. I tend to favor NBC or Fox over ESPN, but it doesn't matter that much to me.
|18 weeks 3 days ago||About myself||
Name: Obvious! (having said that, I'm not a huge fan of anonymity.)
City: Carol Stream, IL
HS: Lane Tech, Chicago; Taylor Center, Taylor, MI
Sports: Track, Cross Country
Hobbies: Photography, cycling, hiking, piano
Personal: happily married to woman in avatar, 3 kids (daughter an Aegis Computer Network Tech in Navy, adopted 13 year old twins, boy and girl)
Fan: Michigan. Also Chicago pro teams: Bears, Bulls, Blackhawks, White Sox.
|18 weeks 3 days ago||Eleven Warriors actually loves this||
Eleven Warriors actually loves this. I was curious, so I wandered over. So far, 8 positive responses, 0 negative responses.
I guess it's good to have a sense of humor. But I'd rather see the Onion lampoon OSU or MSU than Michigan. Speaking of mocking Michigan, I'm kinda surprised that we haven't seen SNL or the Onion put together a mockumentary news report on the Sammies/SDT's January ski trip debacle at Treetops. It's only a matter of time . . .
|18 weeks 3 days ago||the one "additional" thing||
I think you mean the one "additional" thing. We have had great guard play, and some great guys on the wings at forward. But more size would be very helpful. Being in Chicago, I see how much of a difference Gasol and Noah and Mirotec make. Their size is a huge advantage, especially since they can also shoot. Adding that to the mix for Michigan would put us in the running for championships regularly.
|18 weeks 3 days ago||7 foot club||
Not a whole lot of guys in the 7 foot club. I'm glad to see that he is putting on weight too. Bill Laimbeer was "only" 6'11", and had a listed playing weight of 245. But he was solid, was big, and was a real presence. To have Jon Teske at 7 feet or more, with some muscle mass, will be a huge help for the team.
|18 weeks 4 days ago||Wondering . . .||
I think that Baylor realized they would or could be hammered by the NCAA. When this became obvious, they released the statement, insuring that they stayed in compliance with NCAA rules and guidelines. I completely understand, if that is the case. Baylor would not have taken this action except for the NCAA rules. The NCAA had nothing to do with declaring him ineligible. Baylor was proactive in staying in compliance with the NCAA.
Now, if the NCAA is proactive, and tells Baylor that Baylor would receive an exception and be allowed to give a scholarship in this particular case, then the plot would thicken. The NCAA could call Baylor's bluff, so to speak. That would put it back on Baylor. If that happened, Baylor would look pretty bad not to take the young man on. Although, I suppose he could look to go to a team somewhere, anywhere, that wanted his talents on their squad. (provided, again, they hadn't run afoul of NCAA rules and guidelines.)
What a tangled web we weave.
|18 weeks 4 days ago||Several bad experiences||
Several bad experiences.
|18 weeks 4 days ago||Crummy day to be a Chicago fan||
First D Rose, then Patrick Kane out for 6 - 10 weeks. It is really crummy.
Have to say, I'm very interested to see how the Bulls do without Rose. I'm not convinced that they will wither away to nothing. With Gasol, Noah, Butler, and Mirotec, I think they might go pretty far, especially if Aaron Brooks and Heinrich can manage at PG.
|18 weeks 6 days ago||It is about both||
It's really about both . . . I was one of those poor Michigan students back in the day. By selling tickets for one or two games, it brought the cost for the rest of the games down to a very low price. Of course, tickets cost much, much less when I was buying them in the late 70's.
|18 weeks 6 days ago||Why we can't have nice things||
I remember this well. This is a great example of the "why we can't have nice things" principle. The cheering is fine and all, but when it goes over the line, it goes over the line badly. And the perps have a pretty entitled "F you" attitude toward anyone who suggests anything different.
I particularly understand the thing with visiting parents being near the visitor bench. If you've been in enough hostile environments, it is even more understandable.
|18 weeks 6 days ago||How can a spammer join the blog?||
Mods? How does this happen? Get rid of this nonsense. Thank you, and good bye.
|19 weeks 5 days ago||Interesting question||
Short answer: nothing. I'm giving up nothing for Lent.
Long answer: probably nothing. I mean, there will be some changes for me in Lent. But maybe I'm inconsistent. Maybe I fail. Which is ok. Giving up something, just for Lent, seems a manmade rule, questionable in keeping.
Longer answer: I'm cutting back on a couple of things.
So, if you don't see me here til April 5, I made it! Still love the blog, but this is probably a good time of the year for a break anyway. Signing off.
EDIT: I just don't get the readers who are EITHER staunch anti-religionists OR staunch believers who continue to get their shorts in a wad about posts like this. SMH, rollng my eyes, frowning. You know, while I'm a strong Christian, and I observe Lent, I really don't care whether or not anyone else on the blog does. It's none of my business. But this is Brian's blog, and those of you who can't handle it are like a whiney 13 year old girl (I have one, so I know) continually complaining that something isn't fair. Lighten up and get a life.