|8 min 10 sec 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.
|10 hours 41 min 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.
|11 hours 51 min 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?
|11 hours 55 min 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 hours 20 min 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.
|2 days 6 hours 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.
|2 days 14 hours 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.
|3 days 5 hours 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.
|3 days 5 hours 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.
|3 days 9 hours 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.
|4 days 2 hours 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.
|4 days 2 hours ago||Took me a second . . .||
Took me a second to get the Justin & Spike reference. Which reminds me of three things:
|4 days 3 hours 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?
|4 days 5 hours 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.)
|4 days 5 hours 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.
|4 days 5 hours 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.
|4 days 6 hours 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 . . .
|4 days 8 hours 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.
|4 days 8 hours 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.
|5 days 6 hours 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.
|5 days 8 hours ago||Several bad experiences||
Several bad experiences.
|5 days 10 hours 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.
|1 week 10 hours 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.
|1 week 13 hours 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.
|1 week 13 hours ago||How can a spammer join the blog?||
Mods? How does this happen? Get rid of this nonsense. Thank you, and good bye.
|1 week 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.
|1 week 5 days ago||I'm Confused||
So, I'm confused. You could mean one of the following:
Not sure which it is. Please clarify.
|1 week 6 days ago||Great post, great share||
This was definitely worth my time. Loved the story. Thanks much for sharing. Wish I could give you a bunch of points.
|2 weeks 2 hours ago||I don't like thread idea||
I personally know of athletes who were jerks. But even so, I don't feel the needto highlight that for others. The truth is, most people have done questionable things. Best to let sleeping dogs lie.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||"Not suitable for work or home" thread||
My most unpopular thread idea was a thread posted on a Saturday night whining about Not suitable for work or home pictures in posts. (aka NSFW / NSFH / NSF Mrs. SRK.) It was back in the day when Brandon was popular on this board, and was being lauded for a bitch slap action. There was a photo that morning of a young kid giving a slap. I watched in fascinated horror as that thread grew. Not popular. Stupid.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||actually, no||
Actually, I'd never write a sermon about a member. And would never name a member in a negative connotation, even in passing. I think the context is different, but point taken.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Too Hard||
First, I think that with Harbaugh and the coaching staff he has put together, everyone will step up. While this is a cliche, it is critical for the TEAM to ALL play better. Mattison and others regularly commented on how the failure of one player to do what needed to be done caused the whole thing to fall apart.
Second, in terms of units, not players, I think that this year, 3 units will improve quite a bit:
Third, in terms of players, I will go with:
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Great article||
Thanks so much for posting. I'll be giving you plus ones any time I see your avatar. This was very helpful for me to understand some of the details on what happened. Thanks much.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Want to understand||
So, Moe, I am really trying to understand your points. Let me try to understand.
Frankly, with the kind of nonsense that has come out of this, I could understand Brian wanting to have nothing to do with revealing himself at all, in any way, to anyone on this blog.
EDIT: FTR, I have not contacted Weiss or Weinberg. I will never contact them. It would be a total waste of my time to contact them. And honestly, I'd literally bet a steak dinner Brian won't contact them either. The rule out there is, never contact a student if you are an adult, unless you have a prior relationship.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Reflection of Culture||
I absolutely hate the "everyone does it, so who cares?" argument. This whole thing is a reflection of the "win at all costs" mentality that is so prevalent in our culture.
I am hopelessly naive. I'd rather win the right way, or not at all. This is why I love Beilein. I hope and think that he does things the right way. And you know what? I'd rather have that then the shenanigans going on at Kentucky and Louisville and Kansas and Duke.
This is why, even if it is technically ok, I hate things like Drayton and Urban's recruiting of Weber at OSU, and why I'd rather Michigan lose a player than gain one by doing things that way. (Interesting question: I wonder what they would have said if Weber had asked point blank, "Coach Drayton, will you be here as my position coach through at least the next season?"
This win at anything culture is why I hated the surreptitious filming done by the Patriots years ago. And it is also why I really hope there was nothing to the deflategate nonsense.
This is part of the reason I liked Hoke, and why I think parents and kids liked Hoke. (Even though he needed to leave.) Hoke wasn't a "win at all costs" kind of guy, and it cost him his job. I really have hope for Harbaugh, but yeah, I don't want bag men and shady booster types and girls who are provided to give favors to recruits.
Brian has said (implied?) that to compete, we need to do the same thing. I don't want to go there. I don't. My hope is that Harbaugh is a man of integrity, and that Michigan will win the right way, fair and square.
End of rant, TL;DR. Point: win the right way, or don't play the game at all.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Overwhelming majority of Chicagoans believe this is fair||
For the record, an overwhelming majority of poll takers in the Trib believe this decision to strip the team of the title is fair. In a group of more than 2,000 respondants, 81% believe the decision was appropriate.
The race card certainly is being played, at least by one alderman in Chicago. (Haven't heard from Sharpton or Jackson yet.) Certainly, some team parents and others are telling players that they've been "robbed," and that the title can't really be taken away.
In the Chicago area, this was definitely a "feel good" story. And it is true that there aren't that many African American players in Little League. Having said that, they clarly cheated, and the rules are pretty clear.
With my son having played baseball for quite a few years, I am certainly aware of how some people will do anything they can to win. Sad all around, but as I said in the OP, I definitely believe this was the right thing to do.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Yep, this was it||
Yep, this was it. I completely get what Chris Rock was saying, and I agree with it.
So, I'm a pastor in a church. I've heard a million jokes about God and Mary and Jesus and Peter and pastors and priests and rabbis and so on and so forth. The thing is, no matter what they're about, some jokes are good, and some are bad. Has always been that way, will always be that way. But you have to be really, really, careful who you tell what joke, and where. You have to have a spidey sense of what is offensive, and where it is offensive, etc. And the truth is, the bar is higher for me: as a pastor, there are some jokes I just don't tell, unless with a very specific group.
It is like this everywhere. Race, religion, gender, sexual preference, etc., etc., etc., you have to be so careful with who you're potentially going to offend. Brian is kind of in that position, and it is a pain in the rear. As a "public" figure, the rules have shifted for him. Whether you're a blogger like Brian, a coach (Hoke, Izzo, Urban, Harbaugh,) a professor, a pastor, a politician, etc., you are under much more of a microscope. It changes what you can do and what you can't. You have to mind your p's and q's, and no matter what you do, someone is going get their nose bent out of joint. Unfortunately, it goes with the territory.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Like 'em both||
I'll never get tired of "The Victors," but also like "Varsity." They'll always be popular in my book.
Regarding the stupid idea put forth by Weiss & Weinberg:
EDIT: I am among those who really like the "Yellow and Blue." Love to hear it. Simple melody, recognizable, enjoyable. What I really need to do is put together my own personal CD with all of these wonderful songs.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Go to their websites||
Go to their respective websites.
Weiss: Watch the videos shot by Weiss. Kid from Miami area. Read his CV at his Linkedin site. Go through his twitter acct. See his home down in FL. It is all there.
Weinberg: Actor from LA. In Home Alone 4, among others. Again, it is all there.
After you have done this, the conclusion they come from significant money, connections, and opportunity is obvious enough. If you need me too, I can provide links and pages, but it is all there in the previous posts today. Only thing I didn't figure out is what house Weiss the "Fratographer" is part of. Didn't look that hard, but would be interesting to know if he is a Sammie.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||No worries||
Pretty sure Adam's daddy or one of his daddy's friends will be able to pull strings to get him a job. Mr. Weiss and Mr. Weinberg will be just fine. Actually, they'll be better off: this is part of the necessary education they came to get from Michigan.
Oh, and regarding the threat? You really need to listen to the Liam Neeson clip from Taken. The so-called "threat" Brian delivered is straight from this Neeson screed. And it should be patently obvious that Brian was being sarcastic. But as I said elsewhere, he failed to use the /s tag. So it turns out that many people here have their shorts in a wad about the "cyber-bullying."
I've half a mind to link to the "Leave Britney alone" video.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||I'll go with NIT over NCAA||
I think the more games Michigan plays, the better for the players (in terms of prep for next year.) I'd love to see them win a couple in the Big 10 Tourney, then go deep in the NIT. That could happen if Walton is back, Donnal and Doyle continue to develop, along with Rahkman and Dawkins, and the light finally goes on for Chatman. What's the point in going to the NCAA and winning a game at most, depending on how we're seeded?
EDIT: Obviously, your goal is the NCAA, and you play to win every game, always, period. But I think making it to the NIT is a worthy end to this season.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Concede||
I concede. Plus one to you. Obv. David has a ton to do with the NT. Should have just said he wasn't an author in the NT, or a disciple/apostle. (And, really, Psalms could be entitled "The Psalms of David and others.")
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Thanks!||
I knew Brian was being sarcastic. I didn't know the reference, not having seen taken. But like I said, too many people didn't get the joke and had their shorts in a wad.
There was an interesting article (post here?) about how college students don't have a sense of humor, and the scope of things you can joke about has shrunk. Basically, you can joke about white guys and Christians. Now, I've never been one for lots of jokes that give offense. But man, people in general have a pretty thin skin. The new McCarthyism, if you will.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Just went to motion links||
Just went to motion links. I am not jealous of Adam Weiss. But the world he lives in, the privilege he comes from, is very obvious. Not my tastes, not my style, but to each his own. Having said that, it is clear he is mind-bogglingly clueless about the world he comes from, and the real world. He is about to get an education.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||What fraternity?||
It'd be too rich if he was a Sammie. Then again, if he was, maybe he has some cool insider ski trip photos he could post.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Brian forgot to use /s||
Brian forgot to use /s. Too many people have their shorts in a wad. Like Brian would destroy this kid's career. smh. Not gonna happen.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||You might be right||
From the Mlive article:
Regardless of where they're from, this doesn't seem a great idea. I agree with the poster that something like this needs to be more organic.
EDIT: Weiss is from Florida, Weinberg is from California. Still a stupid idea.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Interesting question||
So, is twitter public or not? Has not Adam Weiss put up his own website?
His own Linked account? His own facebook account?
Wasn't he quoted, by name, in a Michigan Daily article?
You know, us crabby old people keep on hammering, "nothing on the Internet is private." If you choose to go public, if you choose to post all kinds of stuff on the Internet, you have INVITED this kind of scrutiny. You can't have it both ways. I am 100% with Brian on this one.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Oh. My. Goodness.||
I can't believe this nonsense. Here's a block quote from the Daily article:
So, who on here knows Adam Weiss and his friend, Mike Weinberg? What are they thinking? What circles do they run in? Are they MgoBloggers?
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Appreciate the post||
I appreciate the post. This is the kind of speculation that MGoBlog does such a great job of fostering. Just a few observations.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Great OT Post||
This is a great OT post, and one I think about often. My own 21 year old daughter joined the Navy a couple years ago. The reasoning was that she wasn't sure of a career path, and she saw too many friends ratcheting up huge amounts of debt. As it turns out, she is now an Aegis Computer Network Technician on a Destroyer. She got about 2 years of training in the Navy, for free. After working in this position for the next four years, she'll have incredible work experience, and be qualified for Network Analyst positions, with a starting salary ranging from 60 to 80k. No debt. And up to $180k in college expenses covered by the Navy if she wants a degree. I mourn that she didn't have the opportunity to attend Michigan. But, I don't think the path she took was a bad one. Our model of higher education is unsustainable.
There are so many facets that need to be considered.
I don't know all the answers, but I know the system as it currently stands is broken, and can't continue. Somehow, post World War II, we gradually moved to the idea that virtually everyone should go to college and get a degree. While I like the idea of a well rounded person, exposed to literature, music, philosophy, psychology, economics, the arts, etc., etc., it isn't working, and isn't affordable.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||Interesting comment on "the whole Gospel covered"||
It was a good quip by Harbaugh. Funny. These are all Biblical names. Really, these names are all in the Bible "Top 10 Male Name" list. However . . . Harbaugh is incorrect in this case.
This is probably way, way, way more info than anyone cares to know. But hey, that's ok. I did find it interesting that our new kicker didn't have "Joseph" (Mary's husband) or "Peter" (the head apostle, known as the first Pope) in the list, two very popular names for many Catholic parents. Not being Catholic, I might be clueless about why that is.
EDIT: Should have read the whole thread before replying to the above poster. Just saw that my point is made below.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||What about for general student population?||
So, what if we applied this principle to the general student population? Here's what you said:
So, imagine that Michigan sends out 10,000 letters stating "Congratulations! You have been accepted to the University of Michigan! We look forward to having you join 5,000 new Freshman in the class of 2019."
It turns out that more than 5,000 accept Michigan's offer. Worse, 1,000 rock star students apply late in the cycle, but Michigan wants them. Would it be ethical for Michigan to send out a followup letter stating, "We have good news and bad news. An unprecedented number of excellent applicants accepted our invitation to enroll at Michigan next Fall. Unfortunately, as a result, we will need to delay your admission. Your GPA in your senior year Fall semester of High School was only 3.4. As a result, we are wait-listing you. You have the option of immediately attending UofM Dearborn, UofM Flint, or waiting until Winter term, 2016, or Fall term, 2016, to begin coursework in Ann Arbor."
The outrage would be off the charts. "You can't admit a student, and then pull their admission!!" But this is what you are stating is ok at Louisville.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||Curious about that too||
I mean, it is nice and all that a banker gave him a ride to work, and that the supervisors and owners all love James Robertson, and feed him, at least sometimes. But is the wage structure such that there are lots of jobs like this at $10.55 an hour? And he just isn't suited for a promotion at all, or a raise? I get that there are plenty of entry level jobs where the pay range goes from minimum wage up to $10, $11, $12 an hour. But no one can live on $12 an hour. Well, it is hard. I suppose if you have 4 housemates sharing costs, you could make it work, but it isn't easy.
On a related tangent, this is why all you Michigan students need to work hard at school. (you didn't come to play school.) This gives more opportunities for a living wage. This is why Michigan grads are thankful for the doors opened by a Michigan degree.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||Hat's off to you||
Hat's off to you. I have a community service worker who takes his bicycle to and from work, even with the heavy snow we've had in Chicago. Never late, great guy. Things are tight, and sometimes, choices in the past leave people with few good options.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||There is dignity in all work||
There is dignity in all work. I don't like how society has evolved, and how more than half the population is just a step away from disaster. I think the answer is more complicated than just raising the minimum wage, but that needs to be part of the discussion. In the case of James Robertson, he is making about 10 and a half bucks an hour: well more than the minimum wage, but still far less than needed to buy and maintain a car.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||The question for me is different||
The question for me is different. It isn't, "should I tweet at a recruit?" The question is, "should I tweet? Is there a reason for me to use twitter?" I'm not generally interested in having a group know a bunch of inconsequential minutiae of my life and my actions. Nor am I interested in trying to contact someone I don't know in this way. Nor am I interested in trying to come up with pithy and funny utterances of 140 characters or less.
I guess I can understand celebrities (actors? athletes?) sending out tweets that tons of followers can read about. But I really, for the life of me, have never figured out why I myself would want to use twitter. It kind of makes sense to me for Jim Harbaugh, Jay Harbaugh, Bacari Alexander, etc., to use twitter. But partly, it is a personality thing. I can't imagine Belichek using it. Does Tom Brady?
Seriously, since I am not a college student or a 20 something hipster, I'd love to hear from some of you who are: is there any good reason for someone in their 50's to use twitter? I'm not terrified of technology: have a desktop, laptop, tablet, and android phone. I text and use FB on occasion and as befits someone of my age, use email. I actually still use the telephone, and even send personal handwritten notes on occasion. But twitter has lost me.
The only reason I'd use twitter is to "follow" the coaches or Brian, and I suppose, a recruit. But I've never felt the need to do this, because of the internet addicts who kindly post relevant tweets here at MGoBlog. The benefit of knowing "first" isn't worth the effort.
Coming back to the OP, I love the flowchart, and am SMH that anyone in their right mind would even THINK of contacting a recruit. I can't even comprehend a fan doing this. Tweeting recruits would be as foreign to me as an idiot poisoning oaks at Toomer's corner.
|4 weeks 6 hours ago||Budweiser vs. Craft Beer||
I smiled at the Budweiser Commercial snark about craft beer lovers. If I drink beer, I'd be more of a fan of basic beer than some of the "pumpkin peach ale" stuff that is out there. jmhe.
|4 weeks 7 hours ago||Thanks for posting||
The system does not work well. I am not happy at his lack of a car, or at the lack of public transportation. Having said that, this was a thought provoking article, which I am glad to have read. His perseverence, dedication, humility, and hard work shine through.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||You're right||
You're right: I probably do have an overdeveloped sense of empathy. It is what it is.
McGary, here's the deal. If the rules are made clear, and the punishment clear, you're getting what you deserve. Maybe the rules should be changed, but that's a different story.
Clark, I don't want to go too far with. I'll just say, he has had a really, really hard life, with really bad role models. No justification, of course he deserved to be quickly released, and he was. I still feel crummy (overdeveloped sense at work there,) because of his life circumstances.
We can agree to disagree, no hard feelings here.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||Don't like your post for many reason||
I don't like this post for many reasons, most of which are enumerated above. Some that come to mind:
|4 weeks 2 days ago||Let me use several examples||
Let me use examples when I have felt "bad."
In all three cases, the punishment is justfiable. In all three cases, they are getting what they deserved. In all three cases, they should have known better. And yet, I don't rejoice in their bad choices. Maybe, because I have made bad choices, I feel bad for those who do the same thing. Maybe, because I have three children who sometimes make bad choices, I feel bad for others who do the same thing.
For me, I rarely take joy or feel happy when someone screws up. And while I ALWAYS want Michigan to win, do I want them to win mostly because of the bad choices of others? Not really.
I don't feel that there should be no repercussions for bad choices. But I feel bad at the bad choices themselves, and the collateral damage for others affected, in this case, the coach and team.
EDIT: On a completely snarky level, it is bad form to publicly rejoice at the misfortunes of others by which you receive benefit. There was a thread here several weeks ago on Izzo, and his candor on this same topic (skewering him for being honest that he was happy when it was easier for MSU to win.)
|4 weeks 3 days ago||Loved article||
I loved the article. I came from regular folk, although not first gen. I live in a community that largely does not go to college. I have learned a lot of hard lessons about elitism over the last 20 years. This article definitely raises those issues. Thank you.
|4 weeks 4 days ago||Several things||
The team is in great hands. I wouldn't be too worried.
|4 weeks 4 days ago||facepalm||
I'm an idiot. Good night.
|4 weeks 4 days ago||Spanky reminds you of RR?||
Spanky reminds you of RR? No, I think your avatar reminds you of RR. Which raises the question: why do you keep an avatar of RR? It seems like a masochistic self-flagellation to keep an avatar of RR. There are things I block out of my memory. Like RR's tenure. To see a picture of him every time I post seems like a painful exercise.
|4 weeks 4 days ago||as you wish||
|4 weeks 4 days ago||18 commits?||
18 commits? I'm not sure . . . I think one or two less is more realistic, given the numbers. To get to 18 some serious stuff has got to happen, just to make room.
|4 weeks 4 days ago||Football Saturdays my Freshman Year||
I'll never forget my first football Saturday as a Freshman in '77. I didn't grow up in Michigan, and had never been to a college game. I was the first person from my family to go to Michigan. Back then, all games were a noon start time. Promptly at 9am, blasting from the room next door from one of those massive stereo systems some guys had, came the full Michigan fight song, fanfare and all. It was, as they say, cranked to "eleven." This was right near the end of the Ten Year War and the classic games with Woody and Bo. As a clueless freshman, I didn't realize how good we had it. Bo Schembechler and a 10-2 season were a given. I woke up the same way every game day, and it never got old. Walking in the throngs down Hoover on a sunny Fall day, enjoying cider, seeing the blue haze of pot smoke floating languidly over the student section, seeing hundreds of coeds passed up the stands every time there was a score. It all melts together in my memory, and is a good thing.
|4 weeks 5 days ago||Multiple issues & answers||
You really haven't given enough info.
I've spent time on all the campuses, and there are positives to all of them. In many ways, I don't think you can go wrong. I'd really want him to go to all three campuses, and spend time looking at the program (or programs) he is interested in. You can actually meet profs in that area, and get a feel for the strength of each program.
|4 weeks 5 days ago||Question on Coach/Player interaction right now||
So, I'm curious about coach / player interaction right now. Are there any regulations on what the players can start to do as they adjust to the new staff? I can imagine that they would want to get going on strength training immediately. But I can also imagine them wanting to learn the playbook, and to do everything they can to get ready for Spring practice. Especially as some of the schemes and plays change, it would make sense that the current team would want to do everything they can to come up to speed.
A related but different question: how and when do players decide to leave the team? Obviously, Bosch had some kind of meeting or restrictions placed by Harbaugh, and decided to move on. Not sure what was up with Ferns. And with Hayes, I can understand the decision. But there was some scuttlebutt about several players who were expected to move on. Is there a time frame for that to be announced? This has a significant impact on how many recruits can be signed next week.
|4 weeks 5 days ago||Would like a Wolverine Video||
So, I would love to see a stylized wolverine in a promo video for Michigan athletics. I've thought of this for years when seeing the Alaska Nanooks 2010 College Hockey video. It is gloriously cheesy. The trick is to pull off something that is over the top but not embarassing. Here's what they did:
|4 weeks 5 days ago||You must really care for the retro one||
You must really care for the retro one, with making a triplicate post.
|4 weeks 5 days ago||Thanks for posting||
Thanks for posting. It sounds like the Sammies are really trying to do the right thing. It also sounds like the fraternity in general has done a great job, between their academic success, their philanthropy, and their involvement in the Greek community.
My guess is that they are going to do their best to identify those responsible for the vandalism, and hold them accountable. Perhaps they will be suspended from attending Michigan for a year or two or three, after which they can return and complete their education.
There was a fascinating article in the Washington Post about a student at Cornell. Keri Blakinger was apprehended with 50k in heroin in 2010. She was suspended indefinitely, banned from campus, and did jail time. Eventually, she reapplied, was readmitted, and was able to complete her education at Cornell. In her case, she was punished and was given a second chance. That seems like it could be appropriate for some here too.
|4 weeks 5 days ago||Been pers. involved in admin of discipline in ed setting||
I have been personally involved in the administration of disciplinary actrion in a higher educational setting elsewhere. Sometimes, a student can be suspended from their school for a period of time. This theoretically gives them the opportunity to reflect on their poor choices. They can choose to never return, and to transfer elsewhere (assuming they can find a school that will accept them.) They also can choose to reapply and to come back to finish their degree several years later. While a few years seems like an eternity to an 18 year old, it really doesn't matter that much in the big picture. And it is the needed wakeup call to what life is really like for many.
There was a fascinating and informative article in last week's Washington Post. Keri Blakinger was a former competitive figure skater on a national level who attended Cornell. Cornell suspended Blakinger indefinitely after she was apprehended with more than 50k of heroin. In her case, she served prison time and worked on the outside before reapplying to Cornell. She graduated from Cornell last month. This was a 4 year delay, but she was fortunate to get a second chance. In other words, even with difficult punishment, you can move on in a healthy way. The shame is that we live at a time and in a culture when there are too few painful circumstances.
I myself was kicked out of UofM for poor grades, largely self-inflicted. It was painful, and hard work, but I eventually was able to continue at UofM and graduated, albeit delayed a few years. I wouldn't trade that part of my education for anything.
|4 weeks 5 days ago||Ageusia||
You taught me a new word today. Thank you!
|4 weeks 5 days ago||Curious who the master chief and officers are||
What are Navy guys doing in dress uniform at the game? And whoever they are, they're high enough up to be somebody . . . there are fewer master chiefs than captains in the Navy . . . less than 1% of the enlisted Navy makes it that far.
(can't help but be curious, with my daughter in the Navy and currently underway.)
|4 weeks 5 days ago||Maybe we should quit playing the blame game||
Maybe we should quit playing the blame game and move forward. I find it interesting that Harbaugh praised Hoke, and didn't work to throw DB under the bus either. Those of you who have been involved in hiring and firing and changing direction know that while it's important to learn from the past, it also doesn't usually do much good to bitterly complain and whine about past mistakes. You learn and you move on.
|4 weeks 6 days ago||Dymonte Thomas||
I feel crummy for Thomas. This is why it screws up everything to play guys early who should be getting a red shirt. And Thomas isn't the only one who lost out this way. We have been so thin at some positions that both RR and Hoke put several guys on the field before they were ready, and they were shell shocked, and kind of ruined.
You can blame Hoke for plenty of things, but recruiting isn't one of them. Harbaugh is coming in with a fair amount of guys here who should be able to perform well, provided that these players can be "developed." In hindsight, the small recruiting class this year is an awesome thing: Harbaugh doesn't get much time, but can you imagine the pain if we were trying to fill 25 - 28 spots on the roster? It would be much, much worse.
I half wonder if Thomas should take a redshirt this year. It isn't a good idea, but the whole thing is just crummy.
One other thing. WHITHER. Not WITHER. Spell check is not your friend sometimes. This is one of them.
|4 weeks 6 days ago||She's the Brain in the family?||
The Brain cooks for the Brian? Pretty cool.
|4 weeks 6 days ago||No, that was SAM||
I can't remember offhand what fraternity it was, but I'm sure that wasn't SAM. In a way, I guess it would have made sense, because the building next door is the Chabad house. My understanding is that Chabad is a kind of Jewish community center serving the Jewish community with different classes, lectures, workshops, etc.
Anyway, that was a nice fraternity house, and it was too bad it burned down.
|4 weeks 6 days ago||I thought you were exaggerating||
I thought you were exaggerating. I thought there was no way this could get to 250 responses. I didn't count on Peter Klima, and now, I think you may be right: 250 posts. Wow.
|4 weeks 6 days ago||I'm laughing||
I don't know why, but your post made me laugh out loud. Perhaps having twin 13 year olds leads to me often feeling "somehow compelled to convince them they're being idiots." Imhe, this rarely works. But I often get sucked in as well, so I feel your pain.
|4 weeks 6 days ago||Yeah, not an endorsement of the Freep||
Yeah, not an endorsement of the Freep. Having said that, give credit where credit is due. At least something that should be basic and assumed is done correctly. I smirk internally every time I see typos, spelling errors, etc. in MSM. We all do it, but it just is embarassing. Maybe the Freep got it right because this isn't part of their sports coverage? Who knows.
|4 weeks 6 days ago||Thanks!||
So, as a former Sammie, what communication has been put out to alums? Have they explained this in more detail to you? What is the house planning to do with those directly involved? What punishment is on the table? What force do alums like yourself have in the matter? And was SDT just along for the ride (what I'd assume,) or were they actually involved too? I didn't realize until it was mentioned in one of the accounts that SDT was a sorority with "Jewish heritage," whatever that means. Is there specific damage control from SAM & SDT given their heritage?
|4 weeks 6 days ago||Real news on Greece & Greeks||
There is a paywalled article in yesterday's Chicago Tribune about Greece and the European Union. Apparently, they want to restructure the terms of their bailout, and stop living in austerity. They could be moving toward pulling out of the EU and the use of the Euro. Fascinating, and ultimately much more important than anything happening with fraternities and sororities.
|4 weeks 6 days ago||Thanks||
Thanks. +1 to you! I'll see what he said. I haven't been there in ages. Sometime in the Fall, I just stopped linking to Michigan Monday. It was too painful, and I basically dropped off the board altogether for several months.
|4 weeks 6 days ago||Well written and informative||
This was well written and informative. Thanks for your comments.
"I would argue that in a Fraternity, like a team, you are always representative of the name on the front moreso than the name on the back. We choose who we decide to initiate into our Fraternity, thus we have vouched for their character." This is a key statement, and it goes several levels deep.
The entire Greek system shouldn't be judged. I was in a fraternity myself. But the entire Greek system needs to censure, hold accountable, and potentially expel those who fail to abide by agreed upon standards of behavior.
|4 weeks 6 days ago||Fanning the flames?||
Fanning the flames? Hardly. I put up what happened, the link, and a short block quote. No editorializing on my part: pretty much, just the facts.
The reality is that this is wrong, it is off season, and it is of interest. What is so hard for you to get about that? If you're not interested, why do you continue to click on this post and put so many comments in the thread? You know, honestly, PeterKlima, your comments do more to fan the anti-Greek flames than anything else.
FTR, I'd much rather read a Hello post regarding Clark or Marshall or Weber or Pickard or Roquan Smith. But on the recruiting front, only so much is happening, and there isn't a lot of other hot news I see out there.
|4 weeks 6 days ago||Sammies website edited||
I don't know when, but the Sammie website at UofM has been changed. They took down all the pics and the "We are on a Roll!!" stuff, and have a somewhat contrite message:
We are embarrassed and ashamed of the behavior of a few of our chapter members at Treetops Resort over the weekend of January 17-18. This behavior is inconsistent with the values, policies, and practices of this organization. Our chapter accepts full responsibility for this incident and we will be working with the management of the resort to pay for all damages and cleaning costs. We will work within our own organization and with university officials to hold those who are responsible accountable for their actions.
This is consistent with the statement from their prior (president?) Joshua Kaplan. The question I have is, what constitutes "a few?" That is more than one, more than a couple, but about how many? If there were 60 guys, and 60 girls, "a few" would seem to be 3, maybe 4 or 5 guys. Out of 120 people there. Which raises even more questions. What was up with the other 110 - 115 people who weren't destroying stuff? Or, does "a few" mean more like 10, 20 guys? Too many questions yet unanswered.
If I was in any of those fraternities or sororities, I would really be happy if I stayed behind in AA or went home for the weekend.
|4 weeks 6 days ago||Breathless?||
Breathless? Not hardly, Spicy Wiener. Just happened to notice it in the paper, and knew it was of interest to some on the board and those who follow the University from afar. Properly noted as "OT." I will say, I was curious what would happen. And if you read the article, it sounds like UofM isn't done investigating, and there may well be more repercussions down the road.
Just curious: are you a current student, and are you in a fraternity? It seems that some in that category want to downplay the incident. Kind of in denial. It is indeed a black eye for the university, and is just flat out wrong.
I was in a fraternity myself at UofM. There was plenty of drunkenness, drugs, and debauchery. I was involved in stupid fraternity pranks, some involving one of the suspended houses, and cattle crossing signs. Sometimes it was a wretched hive of scum and villainy. But man, we never did that kind of damage and had that kind of disrespect for a ski resort or hotel. I'm embarassed and angry.
The other thing: with the suspension of the sororities, this tells me that they are going to come down not just on those who are actively destroying property. They're also coming after those who are complicit by their silence, i.e., simply ALLOWING destruction to happen.
|4 weeks 6 days ago||Freep gets it right this time||
The Freep actually got it right this time. In their article, it reads:
Sigma Delta Tau sorority, Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity, Alpha Phi sorority, Chi Psi fraternity and the Delta Gamma sorority were also suspended after being accused of causing more than $50,000 in damage at the Treetops Resort and condominiums at Boyne Highlands near Harbor Springs.
Not saying the Freep is good or exonerated, just noting that they got it right.
|4 weeks 6 days ago||This whole thing drives me crazy||
There are so many fans at this website who:
In the US News and World Report College rankings, the following schools are ranked higher than Michigan:
In the above list, there are 4 schools bolded who might possibly have a good football team. Of those four, three are in California. And two in Southern Cal.
If you are willing to leave home, want a good school academically, a good school in terms of football, and good weather, you'd be an absolute fool not to consider UCLA, USC, and Stanford.
Now, the pull of home is an important thing. Just ask Ty Isaac. This is part of why it is so critical for Michigan to recruit well in our footprint. If you look at a map, you can easily see the areas within a 4 hour drive. Chicago, Pittsburg, Indianapolis, Cincinnati, Cleveland, all of Michigan are in that area. For a recruit further away than that, you are getting far for mom and dad to get to your games.
You really have to look at the four factors:
Right now, Michigan can sell on academic programs, and on the POSSIBILITY and past history of football success. If we're trying to gain a recruit from out of our footprint, far from home, why wouldn't you rank schools in terms of football, academics, and amenities?
|5 weeks 2 hours ago||Love the fact he made a decision||
I love the fact Reagan Williams made a decision. This frees him up, and frees the coaches from wasting time, etc. And Stanford is a great place to go. If I was choosing between Stanford and Michigan myself, I could easily have gone to Stanford.
I appreciate it when guys lay out the pros and the cons and figure out where they feel most comfortable and they make a decision, instead of stringing everyone along.
|5 weeks 3 hours ago||Silent Commitment||
Iman Marshall makes a silent commitment to play at Michigan.
|5 weeks 9 hours ago||Interesting post||
You list fame, riches, attractiveness, attention from women, best at what they do, and pop culture relevance. Fascinating, yet very flawed list.
Fame comes and goes, and as others have noted, sometimes, fame can be more of a bother than it is worth. It is a good thing to be recognized, but for what? Kim Kardashian has fame, but not a life I'd want.
Riches are an interesting thing. It is said that the multimillionaire John Rockefeller was once asked, "How much money is enough?" He answered, "Just a little bit more." In other words, "I will never have enough." I'd say that it is good to have enough money so you don't worry about it, but not so much that you worry about it all the time.
Attractiveness is in the eye of the beholder, and is fleeting. (I'm assuming you are talking about physical attractiveness.) With plastic surgery and endless body building and makeup and hair care and clothing, anyone, in a sense, can be physically attractive. But it becomes a full time job to maintain this.
I can understand attention from women, but really, if you have attention from one woman, the right woman, that is enough.
Best at what you do is also interesting. I would tweak this slightly, to say, do the best that you can. It isn't just how much you do. It is how much you do with what you've got. Not everyone has the same gifts, but the person who excels with what they have is worthy of praise.
Pop culture relevance is maybe the least important on your list. Pop culture changes so quickly, and is so mercurial, that it is close to pointless to care about this.
I love the four virtues scene in Gladiator, and would embed it if I knew how. Commodus says to Marcus Arelius, "You wrote to me once, listing the four chief virtues: wisdom, justice, fortitude and temperance. As I read the list, I knew I had none of them. But I have other virtues, father. Ambition. That can be a virtue when it drives us to excel. Resourcefulness, courage, perhaps not on the battlefield, but . . . there are many forms of courage. Devotion, to my family and to you. But none of my virtues was on your list."
I'd encourage you to think about your list, and what the "best male life" actually would be.
|5 weeks 1 day ago||I would never wear them||
I would never wear them. Not in the house, not on the farm, not in the bedroom, not at the beach, not in public or private. The thought is very unappealing.
I suppose I'd think about it if that was the condition for raising a chunk of money for a food pantry building, and for a group we're supporting in Kenya. But even then, I wouldn't be thrilled.
|5 weeks 1 day ago||Sour grapes?||
Sour grapes, with Jabari's injury, GoBlueGB? It isn't cool to ever wish an injury on anyone, or to rejoice when someone goes down. That's just being a jerk. These guys lay their bodies on the line, and it is crummy when something like this happens.
I'm not a believer in Karma. But you better hope that Jabari gets healthy and stays healthy. As a Bulls fan, I've seen how seasons are easily ruined by injuries.
|5 weeks 1 day ago||What a bummer||
I hate to see injuries to anyone, any time. This really sucks for the Pistons.
As a Bulls fan, it has been very tough with D Rose's injuries, and Joakim Noah. (and they're not the only ones.) Pacing is so important, and staying healthy is critical. Sorry for Pistons and Pistons fans.
|5 weeks 1 day ago||Pair of boobies||
Pair of happy boobies
|5 weeks 2 days ago||You know something's really bad . . .||
You know something's really bad . . . when even models can't make it look good.
|5 weeks 2 days ago||Nope||
I really can't think of any circumstance where I would where those. A man's gotta know his limitations.
|5 weeks 2 days ago||Wow||
I LOVED that film. I got a catch in my throat at the very end, seeing how proud Jack was that Jim & John chose to go into their father's profession, being a coach. Thanks much for sharing this link.
|5 weeks 2 days ago||I wouldn't know||
I wouldn't know about most of California. I didn't wear stuff like this when I lived in LA, although I may have seen some similar styles when walking on the beach with my wife in Santa Monica. Still, I can't even imagine someone in Chicago or Detroit coming up with this, and selling it. Leave it to California.
|5 weeks 2 days ago||I'd have to look up markets||
I'd have to look up markets and Nielsen share on TV. I was kind of wondering about the Celtics and Sixers. Pistons, not so much. But I'd like to see a map of who watches basketball, and how much, in different markets. The Celtics and Sixers (along with Knicks, Lakers, and Bulls) are all "marquee" teams in terms of history. The Sonics and Suns have been around a long time too, although they don't seem to have the same history of being "marquee" teams.
|5 weeks 2 days ago||Why I love Khakis||
So, true confessions. I wear khaki trousers almost every day. Some of them are cheap, some more expensive. Some are from Walmart or Kohls. Some are wool from Land's End. They are not "fashionable." But I don't care. They match with almost everything. I can wear them with a buttondown shirt, or a t-shirt (like Jim Harbaugh.) I can wear them with a sweater, or a blue blazer. If they make any statement, it is that they are utilitarian and don't draw attention. I wore khakis to class when I was a Michigan student.
In contrast, here is a fashion statement:
These are what pass as fashion statements for men. In 2015. In California. Lord, what will they come up with next? LINK: http://www.boredpanda.com/crochet-shorts-schuyler-ellers-lord-von-schmitt/?image_id=crochet-shorts-schuyler-ellers-lord-von-schmitt-1.jpg
I don't think you could pay me enough to ever wear something like this. I have never been hip, or a "hipster," not at any age, and certainly not now. For the love of humanity, WHY?!?! It is this kind of thing that makes me love Michigan, and traditional uniforms, and Jim Harbaugh, and khakis.
p.s. As much as these do not match my sartorial sense, I will say this. I would GLADLY pay $100 for the next HTTV if it included an autographed photo of Brian and Seth sporting maize and blue crochet shorts or trousers similar to these.
|5 weeks 2 days ago||Korver is doing well||
Korver is doing well, doing very well. If he keeps this up, it will be a season for the record books.
Regarding all the big market NBA teams tanking, not so fast, my friend. It is true that the Nets, Knicks, and Lakers are all bad. Very bad. But the Rockets, Clippers, and Bulls are all having decent seasons. That's a team in each of the number 2, 3, & 4 population centers.
The Bulls, in particular, may really be rounding into form. If Derrick Rose and Joakim Noah stay healthy, and Paul Gasol and Jimmy Butler continue to play at the level they've been playing at, they could go deep into the post-season. And that's a team that will generate interest.
|5 weeks 3 days ago||Funny||
SMH. You have to avoid the Freep for the zealots on this board.
|5 weeks 3 days ago||Not drinking anything so exotic||
|5 weeks 3 days ago||Are you sure this is what you want?||
What you are saying is, "Be deceitful. Lie about who you are. Don't take responsibility."
|5 weeks 3 days ago||Here's the thing||
WolvinLA2, here's the thing. When Sigma Alpha Mu's "prior" (chapter president?) Joshua Kaplan is quoted saying this was an isolated incident, very few were involved, maybe a couple guys, you have two possibilities, neither of which are good:
One other observation. Thus far, I have heard literally nothing from anyone in a sorority, not Sigma Delta Tau, Delta Gamma, or Alpha Phi. Back in the day, it would be more typical for guys in a fraternity to do stupid destructive stuff. Is that still the case, or does the equality of the sexes mean that the sorority sisters were just as destructive as the fraternity brothers?
|5 weeks 3 days ago||Will SAM ID them?||
UMichClass2017, do you think that SAM will identify the major culprits? Same thing for Chi Psi and Pike? Presuming these individuals are adults, should they be identified publicly and do the perp walk?
I can believe that the vast majority of fraternity and sorority members who were present at Treetop and Boyne were not actively nor maliciously destroying property. However, if their fraternity brothers and sorority sisters are not willing to identify them, (or better yet, if they are not willing to identify themselves,) then I am less willing to see forgiveness offered to their houses.
If those students responsible are expelled, or removed from school for at least a year or two, and sued for damages trebled, I could see suspensions for the fraternities and sororities being lifted quickly. If, on the other hand, through some perverse sense of "brotherhood" no one takes responsibility, I could see the banhammer coming down on the entire house.
|5 weeks 4 days ago||It'd be interesting to hear from fraternity members||
It'd be interesting to hear from fraternity members from Sigma Alpha Mu, Pi Kappa Alpha and Chi Psi who are also here at MGoBlog. I'm sure there are some who are on this blog who are in one of those houses. I wonder if any are willing to share what they were thinking, and what they think the repercussions and sanctions should be in light of what happened.
I just went to the Sammie site for UofM (LINK: http://www.michigansammy.com/) and there still is nothing posted whatsoever about the weekend.
Particularly damning is a statement from Tree Tops commenting on the public apology from Chapter President Joshua Kaplan. Barry Owens, general manager of the resort, was quoted saying this about Kaplan:
“I thought it was a joke because it was the president who was quoted and he was actually one of the ringleaders here,” Owens said. “He was one of the people who assured us they would behave themselves.”
|5 weeks 5 days ago||Nope||
No, I didn't expect those two losses. I did think there would be some rough sledding, especially with the loss of the bigs. If McGary and Horton were here, the season would have been completely different. But there's no use in crying over spilled milk. All I would say is that I don't expect a lot from the team going forward, other than that they will win more games than anyone expects.
|5 weeks 5 days ago||Playing with house money!||
This whole year, with Stauskas, McGary, Robinson, Morgan, and Horford gone, and Caris out, we're playing with house money. They've already done more than I expected. Every win they get from this point forward is gravy! It is all good, and you can just shake your head and smile. House money indeed. Edit: and should Walton's toe actually heal significantly, and Doyle continue to get better, I think we'll win a couple of games we're not expected to win.
|5 weeks 5 days ago||Interesting post||
I will say, I found the post interesting. I didn't mind clicking and reading . . . thanks for posting. I also was interested to get both sides of the story, so I went to their website to see if Sigma Alpha Mu had any response. Nothing so far, although this doesn't seem to fit well with the mission statement at their national website:
Sigma Alpha Mu's Mission is to foster the development of collegiate men and our alumni by instilling strong fraternal values, offering social and service opportunities, encouraging academic excellence and teaching leadership skills. We will continue to attract members of all beliefs who appreciate our great heritage as a fraternity of Jewish men.
Looking forward to the spin on how this kind of weekend instills "strong fraternal values," or offers "service opportunities," or teaches "leadership skills." I suppose how they respond to this will give the opportunity for these kinds of goals to happen.
|5 weeks 6 days ago||Can you imagine Bo doing that?||
Can you imagine Bo hauling around all the freshmen on the football team? Harbaugh in particular? That would have been a sight to behold!!
Here's a quote from another mgoblog post on Harbaugh's on behavior:
During his first two years in South Quad Harbaugh was directly involved in several assaults on fellow students. . . One of the most egregious examples of Harbaugh's lack of character is evidenced by his regular practice of throwing full containers of Dannon yogurt taken from the training table in the dorm's cafeteria out an open window at the end of the hall on the upper most floor of the building. When challenged by one of the students as to why he was tossing yogurt out of the window of the 8th floor of the building - only to have these containers explode on dented cars parked below - Gentleman Jim responded "$%#@ you, I am practicing my throwing arm".
In a more illuminating piece of journalism the SF Chronicle wrote "Harbaugh was arrested in November 2005 in Encinitas for driving under the influence after being pulled over for running a stop sign. At the time, Harbaugh said he "upset with myself and embarrassed for everyone around me." Harbaugh, who refused to take a field sobriety test, pled guilty to a lesser charge of reckless driving.
Maybe Harbaugh has decided he doesn't want his players to do the same things he did himself?
|5 weeks 6 days ago||Been thinking about Drevno and Staff||
I've been thinking about Drevno, and about all the staff, as I wonder who is most important. I've come to the conclusion that this is (mostly) the wrong question, inevitably leading to the wrong answer.
The right answer is "nobody." That is to say, nobody is the most important. The team itself is the most important. "The team, the team, the team" is the answer. There's a little more nuance than that. Harbaugh is the most important. But he is the most important because of his focus on the team. He gets that the team is the most important, that everyone has a critical role to play.
You already see that in the coaching staff, in two ways. First, there is a lot of balance and excellence. I am thrilled with both Drevno and Durkin (and with Mattison, and Wheatley, and the rest.) But the second way goes deeper. I think having Baxter on special teams is huge. Having Jay is great, not just because of the tight ends, but because he apparently is great at scouting and film work. Having Tobert will help the strength and conditioning. Having his father on board, along with several retired coaches, is great.
I love football because it is such a team sport. Yes, there are superstars, and there are standouts, both on the team and among the coaches. But everyone has to contribute. This is what I see Harbaugh bringing to the table, and I believe it has the potential to make a huge difference.
|5 weeks 6 days ago||Would consider Michigan||
But there are too many other things to consider.
It is great that you are such a loyal Michigan fan. But realistically, there are all kinds of good reasons for people to consider other schools.
|6 weeks 14 hours ago||Clark a valuable commodity||
Having big, fast tight ends has really changed the game. They create mismatches all over the field. I think someone like Clark is particularly helpful against spread style teams. The size difference more than negates the speed disparity, particularly if you have a QB who is good at distributing the ball to a number of receivers.
|6 weeks 1 day ago||Love this||
My dad is retired. It is great to be with him and my son at the same time. He is in good health, but I really appreciate the time we have as he pushes towards 90.
I can easily imagine Jackie kicking Jack out of the house "Get out of here . . . quit being underfoot. You know you want to go over with Jim." Things come full circle. Jim would hang around as a boy, now dad hangs around as a grandpa.
Also, guys like Jack (and for that matter, Carr and Moeller and Hanlon) can have an awful lot of wisdom. They don't have the stamina and the energy of Drevno, let alone Durkin. But it makes all the sense in the world to get their two cents consider.
|6 weeks 1 day ago||Tough but understandable break||
Manning was a good guy, a good player at Michigan, and a good recruiter. The problem is that there was no way he was going to stay in place of either Durkin (DC & LB) or Mattison (former DC, DL coach now, and LB coach in the past.) Both Durkin and Mattison are excellent recruiters. Both have experience with the line, and with linebackers. Manning just wasn't needed.
I do believe that his coaching position at Washington State (outside LB) is a more natural fit for Manning. I also believe his time with coaching CB will help Manning in the future, but that he needs more seasoning. To be honest, upon reflection, I'm not sure he should have been at Michigan this last season. That's water over the dam, but I do think Manning has a bright future.
|6 weeks 2 days ago||Hate the term . . .||
Hate the term, but love the concept.
Like points on this board, like the fight club, like hazing on a sports team, you just don't talk about. Just don't do it.
Honestly, I'm crabby because I thought this would be a thread about the "new Michigan man," i.e., the first recruit to commit under Harbaugh. Imagine my dismay to find out it was yet another thread about this kind of crap.
|6 weeks 2 days ago||Involves a sports personality||
If the perp was not a well known announcer/commentator with ESPN, your point would stand. As it is, because he is well known in sports, and because we are past the football season, the mods are more generous in terms of allowing OT posts to go up.
FYI, if you go to the tab labeled "MGoBoard," and click oin the "FAQ" subtab, you will find comments on appropriate posts. Here is a cut & paste from Brian:
What's the offtopic policy?
In the offseason, offtopic posts are tolerated. During football season they are discouraged and may be subject to removal depending on how alert the moderators are. What counts as on- and off- topic?
We will let pro sports topics slide even during football season but "everything else" posts are likely to get the axe.
|6 weeks 2 days ago||Partially agree||
I suspect that legalization and regulation would help a little bit. The demand will always be there. But I think it is less the oldest profession and more a dangerous form of exploitation.
Here's a few fun facts you might not know.
I've never solicited a prostitute. I was clueless enough while a student at Michigan that I didn't realize when a prostitute was soliciting/seeking me. But I am troubled by what goes on in terms of exploitation, and believe that we too often turn a blind eye to those on the margins of society who are victims.
I completely agree with you that we should not be shocked, and that this will never change. Demand from men will always drive the trade. Where I completely disagree with you is the implication tha a majority "like doing it." I'd agree that a significant number "choose" this profession, but only because they don't see another way to earn as much money quickly. And once they come under the control of a pimp, that sadly changes radically too.
I feel no shock, no indignation, and no surprise at what happened with Greg Anthony. I do feel compassion and sympathy for the girls and women who are driven to this trade because they see no other options.
For a classy film depiction of challenges facing women over time, just watch Les Miserables and Anne Hathaway. Those with power and position and no moral scruples are often tempted to exploit those who are desperate.
|6 weeks 2 days ago||water with a couple aspirin||
water with a couple aspirin. And back to bed.
|6 weeks 2 days ago||It's complicated||
So, there's no need for morals police. This is proven by the fact that there is no crime when two (or more) consenting adults make adult decisions. It may be a moral or immoral decision, but it is their decision, and no one else needs to be involved.
The problem, as noted by another poster above, is with the sex trade itself. The number of women who are largely slaves, physically and violently abused, denigrated, and the like is terrible. When minors are involved, it is even worse. Maybe the industry should be legalized, to eliminate the degradation of women and children by traffickers.
Perhaps I am cynical enough to believe that legalization would not eliminate the problem. Or maybe this is because I live in the Chicago area, where corruption among politicians is endemic. Money often corrupts.
I think (but don't know) that it is legal in Thailand and the Philippines. The legality (or near legality) doesn't help tens of thousands of girls (and boys) who are sold into a sordid life of slavery, often by parents, to slake the sordid thirsts of adults from elsewhere.
|6 weeks 4 days ago||You've missed the biggest advantage||
You've missed the biggest advantage of this technology: now you can stay plugged in to MGoBlog and Michigan sports ALL the time. No more putting away devices because you're "driving." Think of the productivity! You won't have to miss a single post or thread because you're driving ever again! What could be better? And if your device will ring or beep to wake you up when a new post is put up, you can even take it to bed with you. What a magnificent obsession.
|6 weeks 4 days ago||Only an hour away||
Since it is only an hour away, I'm sure they will do just that. You know, they have the medivac helos . . . maybe we should have a Michigan helicopter so Harbaugh can be even more energetic, enthusiastic, and cover more territory! Ok, a bad idea, but I'm sure he'll hurry back nonetheless.
|6 weeks 4 days ago||agree strongly on UCLA turnaround||
Agree strongly on UCLA turnaround being encouraging. I do believe that Michigan is not terribly far off from being competitive.
Your comment on UCLA brings something else to mind. Over the years, a number of major teams have had significant downturns. USC, UCLA, Washington, Texas, A & M, Tennessee, Alabama, Georgia, Miami, Notre Dame, and others have all been in the upper echelons of college football, and have all been down, sometimes for a significant period.
As much as I absolutely hate the last seven years, I wonder if it wasn't helpful in the long run. Seven years of famine, seven years wandering in the wilderness, make me more appreciative as a fan, and make the team much more hungry. We have often used the phrase "buckle up" when a recruit was about to commit. I think we'll be buckling up a lot: not for recruits, but for Mr. Harbaugh's wild ride.
|6 weeks 5 days ago||Love it||
And I suppose hampsters are used by all the Michigan Hipster crowd.
|6 weeks 5 days ago||Yeah, but sometimes people say things they regret.||
Yeah, but sometimes people say things they regret. I've certainly written things, said things, and done things that upon reflection, were better left unwritten, unsaid, and undone.
Exhibit A: Harbaugh regrets the comments he made about Michigan academics.
Exhibit B: And regarding those comments, Brian put up a very long and detailed piece entitled Destroy Harbaugh. (LINK: http://mgoblog.com/content/destroy-harbaugh#comments)
My guess is that Brian would retract some of his own statements about Harbaugh. Among other statements in reference to what Harbaugh said on Michigan academics, Brian wrote
WD, you're a young man. But the older you get, the more you realize that there are indeed things you say and do that you wish you could erase. Unfortunately, life doesn't work that way.
|6 weeks 5 days ago||Seared in my memory||
I never knew what an erotic interpretive dance was. Carlos and MGoBrewMom have ruined me for life . . . the horror, the horror, I'll never be able to watch a gif of Kate Upton or Scarlett Johansson the same way again.
|6 weeks 5 days ago||What's a hampster?||
Must be something exotic I've never heard about before in my limited experience.
|6 weeks 5 days ago||Great article||
I think this is exactly right. So far, Michigan hasn't proven anything, Michigan hasn't been anything, for some time now. But if anyone is going to move us in the right direction, it is Harbaugh.
I look forward to the day when the Big 10 is the place football players want to go . . . when Michigan, Ohio State, Michigan State, Penn State, and Wisconsin are all competitive and on the top of the mountain. No half measures will do. We need the best facilities, best coaches, and best players out there, if we want to truly be the "leaders and the best."
|6 weeks 5 days ago||Not good enough?||
As mentioned above in this thread, even Urban Meyer has decreased the percentage of Ohio State players coming from the state of Ohio. We could certainly lock up the state of Michigan, but if that means bringing lesser players on to our team, we will never compete on a national level. Of course, coaches make mistakes in evaluating talent. But I suspect that if he was that good, he would have been offered by better schools.
|6 weeks 6 days ago||I think the term is "pantsed"||
I think the term is "pantsed." I have never heard of depansing.
FTR, I kind of agree with you. But with 10 posts of sarcasm, I figured a bit of board education wouldn't hurt. With a side serving of snark.
|6 weeks 6 days ago||Various things you can do||
There's no end of things you can do.
There are a number of things you shouldn't do.
|6 weeks 6 days ago||Sigh . . . learn how to use the blog||
To the OP, Steve Breaston:
I could pile on and ridicule you with snark. Instead, let me help you avoid doing this again.
Any time I put up a new post, I ask, has then been posted previously? How would I search for this? If a prior post is named well, it will usually come up. And it will spare you from the ridicule of those who live on the board 24/7, and who know all the minutiae of Michigan trivia.
|6 weeks 6 days ago||In addition to Jackson||
In addition to Jackson, Tolbert is black. He isn't young, but he is black. That would be at least three blacks on the staff: Wheatley, Tolbert, and Jackson.
|6 weeks 6 days ago||It depends . . .||
It depends . . . is Uncle Sam screwing my daughter or not? She goes back and forth on that herself! Sometimes she feels screwed, sometimes not. We'll wait and see on that.
|6 weeks 6 days ago||Love Beilein||
I love Beilein. I love the kind of team he fields. I hope he stays here well into his 70's. And I hope some of the blue chip guys out there (like 2015 5 star prospect Jalen Brown and 2016 5 star prospects Josh Langford and Tyus Battle) choose to come to Michigan instead of going to Kentucky, Duke, or Kansas.
|6 weeks 6 days ago||I'm ok with rankings||
I kind of like being ranked 7th, for several reasons.
|6 weeks 6 days ago||Internet Meme||
This is an Internet meme.
Like the MSU Graffiti.
Know your mgoblog memes.
|6 weeks 6 days ago||Just sad||
This is just sad, although it undoubtedly describes the way the world is. Something has changed, when you have to be incredibly talented, well off, or rack up substantial loans just to afford an in-state education. Let alone out of state. In the late 70's, you could still pretty much cover most of your tuition, board, and fees with summer jobs and work study programs. Those days are long gone. My own daughter joined the Navy as a way to both get education benefits and avoid racking up student loans.
I really don't understand the mentality of someone who wants to be with someone 20 or 30 or more years younger. I mean, sure, there is something attractive about it physically, but in other ways, it just seems sad.
|7 weeks 1 hour ago||I appreciated your coverage, Brian||
As you said, hopefully you'll never have to go through this again. Following 3 football head coach searches just isn't fun to me anymore.
|7 weeks 7 hours ago||Want to follow this in light of "reverse engineering"||
I really want to follow recruiting in light of the excellent reverse engineering diary. In particular, if you click on the above diary on this, you will see the following listed as urgent needs:
Given our current six commits, there is room for another 9 - 10 more in the 2015. I personally have continued to be concerned about the OL, given what happened under RR. Here are some questions.
|7 weeks 8 hours ago||I'm sure you're right||
I'm sure you're right. Material benefits, in particular, obviously can't be extended to others beyond junior. Having said that, I would assume there is a little wiggle room in terms of interaction and discussions between father and son.
But I also am pretty sure that the rules will be followed by Harbaugh and the coaching staff. And typically, coaches I've known don't cut their own kids any slack or give them preferential treatment. Would think the same would be true here.
|7 weeks 9 hours ago||You are missing a couple things||
You are missing a couple things.
Some of these things you'll understand more when you have adult children and also grandchildren. If you have a good relationship, it is nice to be able to spend time together, and not be in a different part of the country.
|7 weeks 9 hours ago||Huge for Michigan||
This is just huge for Michigan. Job titles are there for a reason, and the buck has to stop somewhere. Having said that, I think that Mattison is a great elder statesman, and he will be able to contribute significant helpful perspective on the linebackers and on how the defense works together as a whole. If he is having fun, he could potentially continue for a long time at Michigan. The players seem to relate very well to him.
Reading the presser raises a question that isn't thread worthy, but that I have wondered about. I've been curious about what Jack Harbaugh will be doing with Jim as the head coach. Will Jack relocate to the Ann Arbor area? Will he occasionally give his two cents worth to Jim? It seems that he isn't much of one for golf or fishing or just laying around, and I could see him enjoying spending a bit of time around the program.
|7 weeks 9 hours ago||I've often thought the same thing||
I've often thought the same thing. We spin things to fit our picture of what we want the world to be. The reality, probably, is slightly more complicated. It really depends on whether someone or some situation is viewed very positively, very negatively, or inbetween.
With Jim Harbaugh, he currently can walk on water, will cure all ills, will bring in the best coaching staff, gets along fine with his players and is loved by them, will be at Michigan for life, etc., etc., etc.
It wasn't that long ago that Hoke "pooped gold excellence." We see how that turned. Basically, when someone wins, all is forgiven and overlooked. When someone loses, nothing they do is right.
It also partially is affected by the "hive mind." Right now, no one is going to crab about anything Coach Harbaugh does, at least here. To do so is to seek negbangs. There undoubtedly are people with reservations about Harbaugh. But they will lay low . . . until such time as he has multiple losses or miscues.
|7 weeks 11 hours ago||Looks very fit||
So, you can't tell too much from just a little video. However, it appears that Tolbert is very fit himself, and looks to have the ability to relate to the players. In the video, he mentions that he's starting with "evaluating the players." I'm pretty sure they'll be feeling pain shortly under his tutelage.
|7 weeks 11 hours ago||Some, not all||
Some, not all rules get tossed out. As regards contact, however, a "prior existing relationship" means that Wheatley can have as much contact with his son as wanted . . . the normal rules don't apply.
What would be interesting would be rules on coachable hours. I suppose that a father could coach his own son as many hours as desired. That's one of the rules I wouldn't be clear on.
It also would be interesting to know how rules applied to friends of Wheatley Jr. If Wheatley Jr. is doing something and has a friend along, how do rules apply to said friend? This level of question becomes arcane.
|7 weeks 13 hours ago||We have a winner||
I believe you are almost correct, FTW. IIRC, it was still the Wild West here, Seth was still going by his nom de plume, Brian descended from on high into board depths more often, and some of his old buds (formerly anonymous et al) still hung around. I believe with the post in question, the original poster was woefully and innocently unaware of his faux pax, leading to the snarky and sarcastic piling on and adaptation of Bolivian by the board at large.
And there were some epic flame wars, where poster stupidity (choosing to reply belligerently multiple times in your own already negative post) allowed for massive piling on of negs. I vaguely recall guys having downwards of 70 in negative points for a single post, with maybe a dozen or more posts in the same thread. If you invoked the wrath of the board community, with some members having a very long and punitive memory, you could quickly descend into Bolivian without help from ever watchful moderators.
It would be interesting if someone with access to the bowels of mgoblog history could sleuth up the maximum cumulative negs and maximum cumulative posbangs in a single thread, sans the Gandalfian wizardry of mods or proprieters adding or deleting ungodly numbers of points in one fell swoop. I'd hazard a guess that Raback or TomVH would top the list of positive points, for some post breaking the news of an upcoming commitment. (WD might be up there, but this is obscured by the dispensation of 1,000,000 special points.)
It would be harder for me to remember who had the maximum negative total. Posters like that often chose to go down in an inglorious blaze of blind board hatred and fury, burning board bridges, receiving the dreaded ban hammer, and not only "going to Bolivia," but truly "fading into oblivion," lost in the mists of ether memory.
|7 weeks 1 day ago||You do know the source of Bolivia, right?||
You do know the source of Bolivia, right? It was a riff on Mike Tyson's quote "I guess I'm just gonna fade into Bolivian." I remember this popping up on the blog back in 08.
|7 weeks 5 days ago||Agree with you and OP||
Agree with you and OP. I'm here for Michigan sports: JH and coaching and recruiting and basketball and the occasional good OT read. The internet has become a huge place to share all kinds of pics, but not on any mainstream sites, and not on this site.
It isn't classy and just is better not to do. As Magnus said elsewhere, he changed Touched the Banner so you had to deliberately click through to see any photos.
As for what is permissible and what isn't, that's a bit tricky. I don't exactly know the answer. For me, mgrowold's avatar is perfectly fine. Attractive women are always fine as avatars. But somewhere, there is a line which defines good taste. This is a cop out, but if you're not sure, ask your sister or mother or wife or girlfriend. Obviously, mgrowold's wife has no problem with his avatar. Same with my wife having her pic as my avatar. On the other hand, I'd like to know how many women out there approve of the "pimp hand" photo. My guess is not too many.
|7 weeks 5 days ago||There's always someone||
There's always someone going for the low hanging fruit. iirc, mgouser Hugh Jass has an avatar of Charlie Weis in his ND coaching days. Back in the day, I remember an awful lot of posts jabbing at ND and coach Weis.
I guess everything is fair game for bloggers. Having said that, my guess is that JH eats pretty healthy.
|7 weeks 5 days ago||disregard . . . double post.||
disregard . . . double post.
|7 weeks 5 days ago||Well, I do agree with you||
Well, I do agree with you that this isn't a place for lots of naked or mostly naked pics. It just makes it too nsfw or nsfh or nsfsrk. It's kind of a low class, RCMB, Eleven Warriors trashy place to go. It's interesting that even Magnus at his Touch the Banner blog now relegates cheesecake to the 2nd page.
I think since the servers were reset, and the mods were on board, there has been more internal policing to keep things appropriate.
|7 weeks 6 days ago||Ignore . . . double post||
Ignore . . . double post
|7 weeks 6 days ago||My avatar is indeed Mrs. StephenRKass||
Yes, my avatar is indeed a picture of my wife from back in the day. I put the pic of Beth up to laugh at myself . . . everytime I post, I see Beth looking at me (and I guess asking, are you posting again?) I have a number of other headshots of her, and one of these days, I will get around to changing the avatar. But it will still recognizably be her.
|7 weeks 6 days ago||Thanks||
We all put up stupid posts. That night was my night for multiple stupidity. I've grown.
I am at peace with mostly lurking now. I went cold turkey from mgoblog for most of the Fall. It was just too painful and I couldn't stand it after dealing with similar stuff with RR.
As for myself, there are so many things I've enjoyed reading. Crex, gsimmons85, steve sharik, big boutros, blue seoul, formerly anonymous, BiSB, and so many more made great contributions to the blog. Honestly, there were some posters whose name I've forgotten, but whose avatars are in my mind . . . a pair of dice was one, and this guy who was a photographer and had a self portrait in ww1 coat and helmet, iirc.
|8 weeks 6 hours ago||Loved description of "Frozen"||
Seth, I loved your description/synopsis of "Frozen." Read it outloud to my Daycare/Preschool Director, and she thought it was almost spot on. (She claimed that the third time sis was Frozen, she wasn't shot by her sibling. I'll have to take her word for it, as I'm not going to watch it again to find out.)
|8 weeks 2 days ago||"Thought everyone would enjoy"||
"Thought everyone would enjoy." So, I am not quite yet a card carrying member of the "Get Off My Lawn!" club. And still, I just didn't find this funny, informative, enjoyable.
So I guess my question, Chuckwood: is this your kind of humor? Did this make you ROFLMAO? Is this what passes for humor on the campus today? Is this what fraternities are now like? Genuinely curious, because if this is the current state of humor, I am hopelessly out of touch. And gladly so, I might add.
|8 weeks 2 days ago||My opinion: win||
Short version: just win, baby. More specifically, beat OSU & MSU. The rest doesn't matter.
Things like helmet stickers, traditional unis vs. uniformz, maize vs. highlighter yellow, Nike vs. Adidas, piped in music vs. the marching band, day games vs. night games, numbering of teams, Ohio vs. Ohio State, just don't matter that much to me. I mean, I have a few preferences, but these things are secondary and tertiary.
I am greedy and entitled, as a Michigan fan. Here are things that matter to me:
If these things are happening, I can live with almost anything in the other list. If these things aren't happening, getting everything "right" in the first list won't mean a thing.
|8 weeks 2 days ago||Lots of Khakis||
Just an observation in this photo of some of the former coaches: lots of Khakis. Not sure that is relevant.
|8 weeks 4 days ago||Stupid question||
Stupid question. Dumb, dumb, dumb. They got it right. By running the table in a Power 5, they WON the right to be there. Now, I had many doubts about whether or not they were one of the top four teams. But I blame the Big 12 and those Baylor & TCU schedulers. And even then, it would have bumped OSU, not FSU.
|8 weeks 4 days ago||Stupid question||
Stupid question. Dumb, dumb, dumb. They got it right. By running the table in a Power 5, they WON the right to be there. Now, I had many doubts about whether or not they were one of the top four teams. But I blame the Big 12 and those Baylor & TCU schedulers. And even then, it would have bumped OSU, not FSU.
|8 weeks 4 days ago||Possible face saving for Fred||
I can see Fred Jackson retiring. But he has been here a long time, back to Moeller, and Carr, and through everything He started in 1992. Fred is 64 years old, and is unlikely to go elsewhere. If there is a way Harbaugh could retain him one year, with Wheatley at the same time, I wouldn't be surprised. That would be a gracious way to thank Fred, and to move on. You young whippersnappers don't get this yet, but there is such a thing as giving elder statesment respect and dignity, rather than cutting them loose out of expediency. The hard thing is the NCAA numbers (maximum coaching staff.) If there is a way to finesse that, I expect it to happen.
|8 weeks 4 days ago||Heard you should avoid Cialis||
Heard you should avoid Cialis. Maybe Harbaugh news too. Otherwise you could cause yourself permanent injury.
|8 weeks 6 days ago||No more gouging & gimmickry||
So, I've thought about these lists, what to retain, and what to get rid of. Tradition is a funny thing. Change is a funny thing. It is hard to pin down, but things do change, and some traditions need to die. We can look back fondly at various things in the past, but realize that time moves on, and things change.
I personally don't care whether the yellow is "maize" or "highlighter." The legends thing is kind of cool, if it could be a bit more tasteful. There are good arguments for and against helmet stickers. Personally, if they validate the players, then do it. As much as I like the traditional uniform, I can deal with some new special uniforms for various occasions.
Something I think that would be really cool would be to have a live Wolverine at the game sometime. Somehow, I don't think that's going to happen . . . but it still would be cool.
As for the marching band, and piped in music, I don't think they've got the sound system figured out yet. If they could make both work, that'd be a good thing.
But I guess what I'd really like would be for a deliberate choice to move away from "branding" and "corporatization" and "marketing buy ins." I'd like to see it be affordable for normal people to go to games. I'd like for it to be a communal fun experience (and the luxury boxes don't bother me.) I'd like to be able to bring a bottle of water into the game, or for water to be sold for 50 cents instead of some ridiculous price.
|8 weeks 6 days ago||Somewhat agree||
I somewhat agree with your post. However, I think there are several other schools that do in fact have the ability to compare academically and athletically:
I realize that you can never do a perfect comparison. For instance, Ohio State is not rated as highly as Michigan academically. But all of the above schools are at least in the ballpark, in terms of having had success athletically and academically.
|8 weeks 6 days ago||Non-Anonymous wants it to stop||
You see my name. I was never a huge fan of this JMFR thing, but rolled with it. However, I'll go on record that let's not do it with Harbaugh. Thank you very much.
|9 weeks 11 hours ago||Wow. Just wow.||
Wow. Just wow. I don't think I've ever seen this many threads on the same topic in such a short time span. Glad to have participated. Will be better when we actually find out the recruiting impact.
|9 weeks 1 day ago||It's ok||
It's ok. Mgobloggers can be excused. It is like a car of kids waiting to get to Cedar Point, or vacation, or wherever . . . are we there yet? Is it happening? Will this affect recruiting?
I think that so many of us couldn't bear to follow recruiting any more, especially after previous recruits started dropping like flies.
I do recall (when I posted basically the same question a couple days ago) being thrilled with Iman Marshall and Chris Clark being such strong possibilities. I think this also solidifes the so-called soft commits (Cole & Kinnel.) Some of the recruiting gurus thought the ship had sailed on a few. (Hilliard.)
With regards to Weber, he has publicly stated he is firm to OSU. We'll see. I personally am interested to see what happens with Damen Harris. I'm thinking we only take one of the two given the size of the class.
Another decommit who someone thought might be interested in a recommit to Michigan is the DE Roseboro.
This class was always going to be pretty small. I don't see many current players decommiting because of Harbaugh. If Michigan got commitments next week from Marshall, Clark, a RB, Roseboro, and a surprise or two, that would go a long way to stabilizing the current recruiting class, that would go a long way toward righting the recruiting. Harbaugh and his staff would be able to focus on filling the remaining slots. With Ryan and Ferns gone, I could see adding a LB. And after Rich Rodriguez, I will always be nervous taking less than 3 on the OL.
|9 weeks 6 days ago||Remember the first rule of points||
To the OP, you need to remember the first rule of points. NEVER talk about points. Just suck it up and take your beating. You only make it worse when you whine about negs. Which you implicitly did with your edit to your OP.
|9 weeks 6 days ago||Let me be more clear||
Well, obviously, recruiting will be better with any coach, and will be much better with Harbaugh. That's so obvious I don't know what to say. Except, that's not the answer I wanted.
Let me be more clear. There are several categories I was interested in.
Because I stopped following recruiting altogether several months ago, I really don't know the current and anticipated state of things with recruiting. That is what I was asking about.
|9 weeks 6 days ago||Well, things change||
Well, things change. Reporters could solidly believe something, (Harbaugh will NEVER leave the NFL) but see how things change.
People are allowed to change their mind, you know. Now, the search engine here isn't sophisticated enough to search on several fields. But if I was able to do a search for mgoblog posts in 2009 and 2010, written by Brian, about Harbaugh, I'm almost positive I would find some very definitive statements about how bridges had been burned, and he never wanted Harbaugh at Michigan again. And there were more than a few posters who felt the same way.
If you held every mgoblogger to every stupid post they put up here, well, it'd be pretty rough. We all say things and write things and believe things, and realize that things change. Same deal with reporters. Graciously allow them to change. (unless they're Drew Sharp: I've had it with him.)
|9 weeks 6 days ago||Depends what is meant by "commitment"||
What does it mean to commit? I could see Harbaugh talking to a commit, to find out how solidly they were committed. If a recruit out there said, "Thanks for the call coach, but my commitment is solid," well, that's one thing. But if he called and the recruit said, "Thanks for calling. I'm currently committed, but I'd be open to sitting down to talk with you and my position coach," well, that's a horse of a different color.
|9 weeks 6 days ago||Thanks!||
That's exactly what I wanted to know. Thanks for your post. I didn't have Roseboro's name in front of me, but I wondered about him. Marshall and Roseboro would be great additions. And I'm sure that some who have committed are gone for good. I did notice that Damien Harris still hasn't made a commitment anywhere. In some ways, having a small class is very helpful. It would be much easier to sign 9 - 10 more guys than 15 - 20 more.
|9 weeks 6 days ago||Well, I'm clueless||
Well, I'm clueless, which is why I posted in the first place. I thought Cole was a commit. Scout has him listed not as a commit, but as a prospect. Like everyone else, I'm eagerly awaiting what happens with the coaching change. But other than those starting class in January, I really don't know what is happening with the current class. It was so depressing to see guys decommitting, I stopped compulsively following recruiting.
|9 weeks 6 days ago||The one by Leonard Cohen?||
Leonard Cohen wrote a song called "Halleluia." Which will always remind me of Shrek.
|9 weeks 6 days ago||Don't know Handelson||
I don't know of Handelson. Was he Handel's virtually unknown recently discovered Jewish cousin?
|10 weeks 1 hour ago||I'm so sorry for you||
I'll be praying for you and your parents. I feel terrible for you, and hope that your parents come to their senses, and don't put you in the middle.
|10 weeks 2 hours ago||It's up to you!||
It is up to you (what will be posted here.). But as a mgoblog participant for years, I'm pretty sure the blog will fill up with stuff. Among others:
|10 weeks 5 days ago||Mood was very different||
So, I was a student in the late 70's and early 80's. From 1977 through 1983, my time in Ann Arbor, Michigan went 4 - 3 versus Ohio State. I didn't bother checking versus Michigan State, because we dominated them at that point in time.
In my time, Michigan and Ohio State were competitive with each other. I was there during Bo vs. Woody. It was a great rivalry. Yes, I wanted Michigan to win every game, but for the most point, there was parity between the Wolverines and Buckeyes. Either might be favored by a bit, but from year to year, they were largely equals. It was much more frustrating to lose trap games that Michigan should have won.
Of course, I have followed Michigan ever since, and have been to a couple Rose Bowls. The current state of affairs is unimaginable to me: Michigan has not really been that competitive with Ohio State for a while.
|10 weeks 6 days ago||Another Bears fan, Michigan Alum, & Chicagoan Here||
So I'm another Chicagoan and Bears fan. This is an interesting dynamic. First of all, I want Harbaugh at Michigan, period.
Having said that, the Bears are at an interesting point. While they are historically cheap, there are some parallels with Michigan.
I have no clue what Harbaugh will do. I have no clue what the Bears ownership will do. But if the Bears Matriarch Virginia McCaskey decides to go all in, this could be a hard fight for Michigan to win. The thing is, I haven't seen that she wants to do that.
|10 weeks 6 days ago||Some more . . .||
Go Tell in on the Mountain
Over the Hills and everywhere
Go tell it on the Mountain
Jim Harbaugh’s done come home
Good Michigan Men Rejoice
with heart and soul and voice
Give ye heed to what we say
Harbaugh’s coming home today.
Rivals bow before him now
And he is in the Big House now
Harbaugh’s home today
Harbaugh’s home today
We Wish You a Merry Harbaugh
We Wish You a Merry Harbaugh
We Wish You a Merry Harbaugh
and a Championship Here
Angels We Have Harbaugh Here
Come, Thou Long Expected Harbaugh
|10 weeks 6 days ago||Happy Chanukkah||
Happy Chanukkah, for all who celebrate it. My sister and her husband are among the many who observe both Chanukkah and Christmas. They'll celebrate the next 8 days, then our family and others will be over for Christmas dinner on Christmas Day.
I'm curious: is Chanukkah much observed in Israel, or more in the US and the West as an antidote/alternative to Christmas?
I know that Passover, Rosh Hashana, and Yom Kippur (and maybe Sukkot) are much more important.
|10 weeks 6 days ago||Live in Chicago area||
Yeah, I'd definitely go if I were you.
Have a great time, and enjoy the game.
|11 weeks 6 days ago||Thanks for posting||
I enjoyed this . . . thank you! FTR, I don't think anyone would consider "Jingle Bells" religious. And I think "Happy Holidays" encompasses everything from Hannukah to Kwaanza to Festivus to Christmas to Winter Solstice. The whole point is to be inclusive. Of course, some people will always get their feelings hurt no matter what you do.
The bigger point is to really look not to take offense, especially when none is intended. Some people are just too crabby and get their feelings hurt too easily.
|12 weeks 2 days ago||I think it was worse 4 yrs ago||
I think the climate on the board was worse 4 years ago. But this is pretty bad. I really try to limit my reading at mgoblog anymore, and I almost never go down the rabbit hole of many threads. It can eat you alive, both in terms of time and of poison.
There are several things that make it different this time around.
As much as I want Michigan to win, I have come to believe that the desire to win at all costs at ANY institution is toxic.
|12 weeks 2 days ago||I'm so sorry||
I'm so sorry to hear of your health challenges. I'll be praying for you, and also sending a small donation to MGoBlog.
My daughter has celiac disease, (which I realize is irrelevant to you.) The point is, it took more than long enough for her condition to be correctly diagnosed. The time waiting for that diagnosis was both painful and slow. I certainly hope they identify something that can be treated and dealt with by you, so that you can continue with your love of writing and your love of Michigan sports.
|12 weeks 5 days ago||Multiple answers||
Your answer can be addressed in several ways.
|13 weeks 4 hours ago||What is the Impact on Recruiting?||
So, I haven't hardly followed recruiting in the last couple months, especially in the last month after things totally cratered. I'm curious about the impact on recruiting. I'm assuming that anyone who has stuck it out this far (in terms of commitment to Michigan) is committed to the University, not to anyone on the coaching staff, least of all Hoke. But I do have a couple questions:
First Is there anyone remaining committed to Michigan who would leave because the coaching staff was let go?
Second, in the event that someone like Harbaugh or Miles becomes our next coach, are there any decommitments who would recommit? Are there any commitments to other schools who would consider flipping to Michigan? I'd love to see Michigan move quickly, so that a new coaching staff is on board, and has the opportunity to gain some solid recruits in the month of January.
|13 weeks 5 hours ago||Still don't have a phone||
They still don't have their own phones. We have a cell phone that we give to them when they have an outing or game or event where they need to call us. It isn't a "cool" phone, and it has very minimal minutes on it. They do more of the social connections with friends on their iPods. As it turns out, we're only a block or so away from the middle school, so they can walk home in less than 5 minutes, and aren't too dependent on us to be their chauffer. Oh, and they are close to the last kids in school not to have their own phone. We'll probably break down and get them one before High School starts in the Fall.
|13 weeks 6 hours ago||Peace and happy children||
World peace might be too much to ask for. Board peace would definitely be too much to ask for. But I want my family to have more peace and harmony. I want my kids to be happy, at peace, and respectful (13 year old twins are a handful.) I also am really looking forward to having my 21 year old daughter and her husband home for Christmas from the Navy. The older I get, the less I need or even want.
|13 weeks 1 day ago||Honestly I don't care what OSU is ranked||
Honestly I don't care what OSU is ranked. All of the choices are good.
I don't think even the most delirious OSU fan could see them run the table and win out. For the sake of the Big 10, I would prefer that OSU get beat soundly by Wisconsin. It would reflect poorly on the Big 10 to make it and then be humiliated by a much better team.
|14 weeks 6 days ago||He never lost me||
Hoke never lost me. That doesn't mean I am going to argue for him, nor does it mean that I'll stop going to games when he is fired. But he never lost me, and I still think Hoke is a good coach. I'm almost at the point where I'd like to see the team win against Maryland, Ohio State, and the Bowl Game, and Hoke still get fired. That way, the majority of the fans who think he is the problem will be satisfied with blood. Many great recruits will jump ship. And we'll get to experience what a real tire fire is.
This post of mine is stupid, and invites a negative response. It reminds me of the reason why I need to just walk away from the blog altogether. I guess I just strongly dislike the presumption of the question, "when did Hoke lose you?" The fan/blog hive mind is an incredible thing, which is beyond me to stand against.
|15 weeks 1 hour ago||I need to be more clear||
I need to be more clear. I think MN has a very good team. We lost badly, I fully agree on that. What I was trying to say was that losing to Minnesota was losing to a very good team.