|1 day 2 hours ago||OL Play at Michigan?||
I really wonder if Rawls problem at Michigan was the OL. No matter how good an RB, you need holes to run through.
|1 day 16 hours ago||Happy for the future||
I'm happy for the future, and disappointed in the past. But the past is gone. Harbaugh has largely been working with Hoke recruits, and has done a great job. As he brings in his guys, and they get with the program from the beginning, it is only going to bring good things.
While I wouldn't be surprised at "the spot," I just don't think that reflects well. Nor too much complaining about the refs. You can't blame losses on things like that. Take it out of the refs hands.
I also have my doubts about the trenches in one area: the run game. The stats suggest that pass protection was there, and the defense was fine. But I don't think the OL was helping the run game. When that improves, and we have a couple of fully functioning, healthy QB's, we'll be in a good place.
|1 week 1 day ago||My condolences||
I'm so sorry. Pain like this takes your breathe away. God be with you, and give you peace beyond human understanding. You need it now. My heart goes out to you.
|1 week 2 days ago||Don't exactly disagree||
I agree that we were snakebit. I remember all those terrible losses, and others besides.
The thing is, I personally think you can never leave the game in the hands of the refs. Never. You have to control what you can control. I definitely think Michigan got jobbed. But it just looks like sour grapes to non-Michigan fans.
For me, the turning point was that second interception. That is when that familiar sense of doom and foreboding set in for me. Our defense was tremendous, but it is hard to overcome those turnovers.
I also am ready to move on with our OL. I feel like we just haven't been able to impose our will. Also, Hutchinson made the comment that we were playing not to lose, instead of playing to win. I kind of agree.
|1 week 5 days ago||Nice preview||
Nice preview on the game.
But what I really want to know is what's up with Oliver Martin crystal balled by you to ND? Is that a result of the drug interaction? Or a gut feeling? Or something more substantive?
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Many fond memories||
I have many fond memories from this board. I know that some former users lurk more, and post less. Some were kicked out, some just left. I miss Brian commenting more in the threads. CRex was always fun. Some of the best stuff came from guys who are now in the business . . . Tom VH, Steve Lorenz, Sullivan, et. al.
|4 weeks 7 hours ago||Love Michigan Monday||
I love Michigan Monday. It tends to be an unbiased enemy account.
I do think the Game will come down to the trenches. How does our OL do versus their DL. How does our DL do vs. their OL? Whoever controls the lines, controls the game.
|4 weeks 4 days ago||Best Case Scenario||
The question was asked above, "what's the worst case scenario?" I'd like to flip the question and ask, "what's the best case scenario?" In other words, the following are listed as possibilities over at 247:
Out of that list, how many do you think legitimately would have interest? 10%? 30? 50? 100? How many do you think legitimately would sign with Michigan? 10% 30%? More?
In years past, it seems like the lists were made up of offers that there was no way they would actually have considered coming to Michigan. Right now, it seems like every last person on this list would actually consider coming to UM. Is that really possible? Could virtually everyone above on my list choose to come together to UofM?
|4 weeks 5 days ago||Wonderful story||
This is a wonderful story. Our church, also Lutheran, has welcomed dozens of refugees, many from Liberia, but also from Iran, Afghanistan, Nigeria, Cote d'Ivoire. I have sat and had a Liberian feast with other young African men now playing D-1 ball. We just can't imagine what they went through, especially their parents. The story that will always stick with me is of refugees fleeing certain death, and having to choose between carrying children and dying, or setting the children down to flee and saving your own life. Reading the story reminded me of how fluid and challenged the concept of "family" was for many refugees. Parents were gone, half siblings, aunts, uncles, it was all a mess, and not like the well-defined nuclear families most of us come from.
|6 weeks 2 days ago||Very cool||
Another one: Levon Helm in "The Shooter."
|6 weeks 5 days ago||Arts question||
Well, as regards the art world, how much time and what do you want to do and what are you going to do with your 4 yr old boy? I mean, you've been to galleries, right? My other sister works for the Art institute, so I'm there often enough. But I just didn't think you had the time or the interest to go to galleries or museums. If that's what you want to do, I'll round up some suggestions for you. My other sister often has art on her walls from local artists (she and her husband have transformed their place in Skevanston into an arts incubator, where they host concerts every couple weeks or month or so.)
EDIT: And regards the Signature Room at the John Hancock, rethinking it, I'd probably go to Sunday brunch there. As much as I love Lou Malnati's, I think being on the top of the John Hancock on a sunny day is a more memorable experience. It isn't just the food, it is the ambiance. I mean, a window seat looking out at the Lake or the city is pretty cool.
|6 weeks 5 days ago||Congratulations on your daughter||
Congrats. Borderline humble brag, but congrats.
Regarding advice on what to do, I could give some, but not sure what you really want. For South Bend, the campus is pretty, but it really isn't that old. If that's what she is in to, I'd definitely look at Cambridge, Oxford, or Harvard, Princeton, Yale.
It depends where you're coming from, but I kind of like a brief visit in Amish Country (Shipshewana or Goshen). Decent food and something some folks have never experienced.
As for Evanston, my sisters both live there, and I can give advice if you really want it. One of my sisters is in the foodie and arts world, so if there is a kind of cuisine or experience you're looking for, let me know.
One simple thing to do in Chicago is go to the Signature Room on the 95th floor of the John Hancock Building. On Saturday, they have a lunch buffet that won't kill your pocketbook (the way dinner might). Really, the views are the best you'll ever get, especially on a sunny day. It is an experience for your kids. North Michigan avenue has lots and lots of shopping options. Water tower place is right there. I just don't think you have lots of tourist time for museums, etc., but this is a memorable family experience that might fit your time frame.
On the other hand, if you are on campus Saturday, you probably would have to reserve the latest possible lunch you could.
Back to Evanston, there are a few decent enough deli options there (not that you need that, with several good choices in AA).
|6 weeks 6 days ago||I want to see Michigan kill OSU in Columbus||
I want to see Michigan demolish OSU in Columbus. I rarely want to see a player hurt, but let's just say I'd like to see the DL absolutely punish Barrett for running aggressively. He has run with impunity for 3 years. He needs to be tackled and brought down hard. I'd also like to see him force passes and have both Stribling and Lewis get interceptions. And I want to see Peppers go wild with both punt and kickoff returns, making it to the endzone twice out of special teams.
What happens after that, doesn't matter much to me. But two other scenarios:
|7 weeks 34 min ago||Speculation is fun||
Speculation is fun, but I don't see how Michigan could take 9 on the OL. I'm sure if there's a way it will happen. Still, more guys are going to have to leave early with a firm handshake, and that is going to thin the number of guys we can take at other positions. It is a nice problem to have. But I will wait to see how a third of our incoming class is dedicated to an area with less than a quarter of the players on the field. Eight would be pushing it, but ok for Leatherwood or Slaton or maybe Ruiz. Seven would be realistic.
|7 weeks 12 hours ago||Wow||
Wow. Just wow. Thanks a ton for posting. As far as I'm concerned, you and your entourage should have rock star seating in E. Lansing for what looks to be a colossal beat down. You will be there, right?
|7 weeks 20 hours ago||Still many questions||
There are still a bunch of questions I have.
Thanks much, as always, for what you are doing for the fanbase.
|7 weeks 2 days ago||OSU vulnerable||
Seeing how vulnerable OSU is was the highlight for me. I really don't mind that they won. But I have to believe that JH et al are going to look at the tape of that game and it is going to help them. Both in offensive play calling, and in what the defense does (against OSU).
At this point,
No matter what happens, Michigan controls their own destiny. The crummy thing about looking at other teams and counting on them to lose or win or do something is that you aren't looking at yourself and what you need to do yourself. If Michigan loses to OSU, than UM isn't there yet, and SHOULDN'T be in the playoffs.
In going back to my main point, I really hope that Michigan is very judicious in what they reveal to OSU over the next 5 games. Only reveal what you have to, and what you need to in order to sow doubt in their minds. I also hope that for the rest of the season, a significant amount of time, and some in practice each week, is given to prepping for OSU. I know all about coach speak. But cumong, look at the next 5 games. Are you really concerned about MSU? Iowa? Indiana? Maryland? (forget about Illinois. That's a foregone conclusion.) Yes, you have to throttle those teams, and can't overlook them or look past them. But IIRC, Bo was preparing for OSU every single week. I'm sure Harbaugh hasn't forgotten that. This is the critical year to beat OSU.
|7 weeks 5 days ago||OPSEC very important||
OPSEC is very important. Her name has never been put up anywhere. We never discuss ship location or movement, particularly current or future. We don't discuss when and whether she will be in a port of call until after the fact. We never discuss strategy or missile payloads. (That's far above her paygrade, and she wouldn't know anyway). I have been very careful only to cite information that is from public, searchable news media sources. The fact that the Mason was attacked, the fact that 3 radar sites in Yemen were fired on by US Naval forces yesterday, the fact that no one on the Mason was injured, all of these facts come from news stories. Oh, and even when we communicate, and FTR communicate about things stateside at home, or how she's doing, it is always private and not for public dissemination. You have to take OPSEC seriously.
|7 weeks 5 days ago||Complicated question||
This is a complicated question. Our daughter joined, as I alluded to in the thread somewhere, partially for the educational benefits. That is to say, the GI Bill would allow her to go to college mostly debt free. She also can take classes while in the Navy for free (albeit online classes.)
However, what I came to realize is that in the enlisted forces in the Navy, there are a few areas where there are highly technical skills that need years of training. Those working with nuclear reactors, in avionics, as computer network technicians, in some language areas, have abilities and skill sets far beyond many enlisted sailors. The Navy pays out significant bonuses for those who reenlist in these areas, because they can't find and retain enough sailors. This won't apply to her because it is unlikely she will reenlist. Her compensation, so to speak, is having the "free" training which enables her to do her job, and the experience which will open doors to certain jobs when finished with the Navy. I'm glad my daughter joined, but I wouldn't really say she is "well compensated." She certainly isn't dumb as a brick.
|7 weeks 5 days ago||You are correct||
You are correct. Sometimes, in the interest of shorthand, you use a word that isn't really correct. In communicating with my daughter, there are an absolute ton of Navy acronyms that briefly and succinctly describe an area or a weapon or a strategy, etc. I tried to communicate simply and intelligibly without an overlong post.
|7 weeks 5 days ago||Ok||
Ok, we can dispense with the argument that anything our military does overseas necessarily has anything to do with our freedom here in the US. If I hear you correctly, what you're saying that we should stop believing that what the military does abroad has anything to do with our freedom or safety at home. I understand what you're saying.
The most we can definitely say is that those who serve in the military do so at the pleasure of the President, the Pentagon, and Congress, and have chosen to potentially put themselves at perrsonal risk in the service of our government.
While there is a difference of opinion, that kind of debate and argument doesn't belong here. It is good for me to avoid any kind of overall statements about freedom and the purpose or need or utility of the military.
|7 weeks 5 days ago||Extremely aware of OPSEC||
I'm extremely aware of OPSEC. All information posted came from public media sources. Sorry I didn't provide links to articles. If you do a simple Google News Search on "USS Mason," you can find all the links yourself. The exception as to info shared by my daughter was what it felt like for her personally when they knew they were under attack. I never ask and don't want to know of ship movements yesterday, today, or tomorrow. I don't know and I don't want to know the ship's missile payload. I don't want her to ever put up any classified info. And FTR, even when we chat, it is never in a public forum. I appreciate and agree with OPSEC concerns.
|7 weeks 5 days ago||Thanks||
FTR, I was fully aware of what you posted on the Saudi jets. Obviously, I've been following the story closely. I simply chose not to comment, so as to try to stay away from political commentary as much as possible. Still, it certainly gives the context.
|7 weeks 5 days ago||Definitely agree with OPSEC||
I definitely agree fully with OPSEC concerns. I don't want her to put anything out there that compromises her, or the ship, in any way. We never talk about ship movements, future actions, etc. etc. Anything posted comes from articles easily found via a Google News search. Nothing (other than what it felt like personally when under attack) was revealed by her, which is as it should be.
|7 weeks 5 days ago||I'll grant your position||
I'll grant your position as having some validity. I still would strongly argue that our freedoms are indeed provided and protected by our military. But when you bring in global politics rather than national politics, it muddies the water quite a bit.
|7 weeks 5 days ago||None were injured||
None were injured in any way in either attack. This is confirmed. Obviously, the adrenaline is running higher than most of us have ever experienced, and the high stress and lack of sleep continues at the current time.
|7 weeks 5 days ago||Thank you very much||
Thank you, Mad Hatter. We may disagree on some things, but we can be thankful together for those who serve.
The nice thing for me: she never could have afforded to go to UofM on my salary, but with the GI Bill, she may end up applying to Michigan when her contract is over, and pursuing either an environmental or electrical engineering degree. A good amount of her Navy training is relevant to the latter.
|8 weeks 12 hours ago||Maybe||
Maybe. But I mailed it in too. After the first half, I quit watching and went on to other things. I mean, I love Michigan football, but watching more was just watching cruel and unusual punishment. Not enjoyable for me.
|8 weeks 2 days ago||Good question||
Good question. It isn't just a question of starters vs.2nd string. It is the play calling. If Michigan had passed a lot more, to Butt, Darboh, Chesson, Perry, and maybe McDoom, the score would have been a lot worse. I know over at 11W they are crabby. It was good that Speight was pulled early. Other JH would get even more crap for the win.
|8 weeks 4 days ago||Glad he is going||
Jim Harbaugh isn't afraid of anyone, including OSU. Every recruit considering both schools should visit both schools, compare side by side, and choose what is best for them. I think that JH is going to win plenty of those battles. He is going to lose some too. But I want anyone who comes to Michigan to be sure this is where they belong, and not to be living with lots of doubt about whether or not they made the right choice.
|8 weeks 4 days ago||Great list||
That's a great list. I'd add the following 3:
|8 weeks 4 days ago||Very cool||
That's very cool. My nephew is currently the coach at Benedictine, and was a starting RB at St. Ignatius several years back. They have an awesome team at Ignatius, but you are completely right: it doesn't make sense for them to play a school like Brush who they would just demolish. It is a lot more fun for the kids when schools are evenly matched. And as I think about it, part of it isn't the size of players. Obviously, linemen can be huge, and double the size of a CB or WR. But when a team dominates at every position, and just kills a smaller team, what is the point of it all?
|8 weeks 4 days ago||I understand||
I completely understand. My son is currently playing TE and DE on his sophomore team. He isn't small, but he isn't big, weighing in around 160. Of course, he'll gain weight with strength training, and be bigger the next couple years. But he has said it isn't fun playing against the Varsity team (in practice, etc.,) and going against guys that are well over 300 pounds. We all love aggressive, dominant pancake blocks from the OL. But most of this board has never played ball. We've never experienced being buried by a guy with aggression who is that much bigger than us. There's something out of kilter with some of the highest ranked private Catholic teams, here in Illinois and elsewhere. I fully support the forfeit.
|8 weeks 5 days ago||Outstanding||
It isn't just the grades. You can get great marks, and still be a jerk.
Spanellis is a high character guy who does things apart from and beyond the football field and the academic classroom. Those are the kind of guys you want on the team.
|9 weeks 17 hours ago||Several questions||
|9 weeks 5 days ago||Don't care about Cowherd||
I don't care in the least about Cowherd and his opinions.
Having said that, I really believe Michigan will destroy everyone up until OSU.
|10 weeks 23 hours ago||Thank goodness!||
Yep, there's only one of me.
I'm glad someone else put up the link. And the OP was right. Michigan did well, but wow, was PSU awful. Not much of a tuneup is right, and not a whole lot you can tell from this last Saturday. (Other than how sad we all are for Jeremy Clark, and our secondary depth).
I am really looking forward to being in Ann Arbor at Michigan Stadium this coming Saturday. Should be the best game of the year so far.
|10 weeks 4 days ago||Lefty||
I'm a lefty, ginger, preacher. No hope for me.
|10 weeks 6 days ago||OSU is very, very good||
OSU is very, very good. I currently predict a loss to them, as much as I want Michigan to win. For Michigan to win:
That's an awful lot of things that need to line up right. Could it happen? Sure. Will it happen? Unlikely.
Regarding recruiting, I really hope Harbaugh has some mojo. Here are some guys who would really help:
Of course you can't predict who will come. But if these guys come in, we have some recruits who should be able to compete with OSU.
|11 weeks 10 hours ago||Good as usual||
Pretty good as usual. Thanks for the link.
|11 weeks 1 day ago||Definitely on the 1||
It is pretty easy to remember Carter and also Edwards because "1" is an iconic number. Even if nothing ever happens with it ever again, I will always remember 98 (both Gardner and Tom Harmon, the latter which I never would have known.) Personally, I will always associate 32 with Jordan Kovacs, the best walkon ever to me. And of course Anthony Thomas. On the current team, Gary (3) and Peppers (5) already stand out. As does Butt (88). Of course, Charles Woodson (2). And I guess Leach at (7).
Grammar Nazi aside: I don't think "who's" means what you think it means. Just sayin'.
|11 weeks 2 days ago||Not worried at all||
I am not worried at all. Not even a little bit. We are going to win this game handily. Having Mone and Taco and Lewis might lower the points Colorado puts on the board a bit, but ultimately, it wouldn't matter. I feel it is more important for the guys behind our starters to get game day experience. More than that, have these guys completely healthy, ease in, and be good to go for the long haul.
This year, we are concerned about 3 games: MSU, Iowa, and OSU. The first of those is 6 weeks away. Honestly, they should each take AS MUCH TIME AS NEEDED to get well. Think about it: if they are able to start knocking the rust off mid-October, a month from now, they will have two weeks to be ready for MSU. What a luxury! We win all our games, and have these guys come back HUNGRY for the meat of the season.
I really think Harbaugh is going for it all. We don't need any of these guys really until OSU. I think they will be back long before then. But we need to have all hands on deck to knock off OSU. Having two guys back on the DL, along with Lewis in the secondary, could make the difference in shutting the Buckeyes down.
Even beyond OSU, we really should be thinking of 3 more games: Big 10 Championship, NC Playoff Game, and National Championship Game. Those last two games, we will want to have lots of depth and skill. I 100% support getting these guys completely healthy.
|11 weeks 4 days ago||OSU vs. UM Recruiting||
So, I'd like to get a better handle on OSU vs. UM recruiting. Obviously, they kind of look for someone different at QB. I'd assume they'd compete over almost every other position.
Honestly, I'm not worried about MSU, or the rest of the Big 10. But it seems we have to recruit on approximately the same level as OSU if we ever hope to beat them.
|11 weeks 4 days ago||Was confused for a moment||
I was confused for a moment. I thought it was about Brady Hoke burning bridges with Michigan. I mean, I'm glad he is no longer our head coach, and we couldn't do any better than Harbaugh. But I still like Hoke and don't want to see burned bridges. So this was better.
|11 weeks 6 days ago||Thanks for sharing this||
This is a great article, which I will read at length later.
Also, I don't know what is going on, but if Bleacher Report is putting out stuff like this, I think they can safely be linked to. Just saying.
|12 weeks 2 hours ago||Like neither||
I like neither.
I think ND will win.
I hope MSU wins. (Why? Better for the Big 10 and for Michigan if MSU is 7 - 0 when we face them, and beat the snot out of them.)
|12 weeks 2 hours ago||I'd partially agree||
I'd partially agree, but I would chalk that up to the talent level. That is to say, when the talent level between Bama and a spread team is equal, and the coaching is equal, Bama will win or be very competitive.
As regards OSU in particular, I think Herman was a huge loss. I don't know how well he has been replaced. Your playcalling last year against MSU was part of your doom. You lost to a team with a much lower skill level. Why?
Michigan has been gashed several times. I believe this is something that can be addressed. If they stay as deep on the DL as they are, I think they are set up this year to stop your offense from marching down the field. We'll see . . . that's why they play the games.
|12 weeks 5 hours ago||Agree with you 100%||
I agree with you completely that there is something about the spread and the level of play. I have always thought that the spread does very well against 90 - 95% of the teams out there, and the level of talent out there.
However, against the highest level of talent and coaching, I think a pro-style offense can win. I am not enough of a football guy to explain this. But this is the reason that the Crimson Tide wins. They have the level of talent, especially defensively, to beat a spread team consistently. I think this is why Oregon looked so dominant, but collapsed when then faced the highest level of talent and coaching.
On the coaching front, Brian noticed this last year, and even moreso this year. He saw that even though Harbaugh's team wasn't a spread, they weren't boringly predictable. Many Michigan teams in the past (sorry, Bo and Lloyd et al), it was very easy for a good defense to know what to do. There were keys in formations that spelled out what was going to happen. Brian's happiness and frustration (with the UFR) is that the defensive formations are many, and are not predictable.
As Michigan gets the talent on campus, I believe we will see more creative playcalling. And as we see better teams later in the year, I believe we will see many more wrinkles on both offense and defense. There are two ways and maybe a third Michigan is doing this to their advantage.
First, the more sets that Michigan uses now, the more sets opposing coaches have to prepare against. They already are aware that they can't definitively predict what Michigan is going to do from how they line up.
Second, by keeping the playbook against UCF fairly vanilla, Michigan can save trickeration and unusual sets in their hip pocket to use only when needed.
The third wrinkle is a variation of the first: Michigan can introduce "red herring" formations for other teams to see and prepare for, even if they never intend to use them again.
|12 weeks 14 hours ago||I am troubled . . .||
I am troubled by the assertion that "I have never eaten a booger in my entire life." This does not have much "truthiness." I mean, hasn't virtually every boy on the planet eat a booger some time? Can Jim Harbuagh categorically state that he has "never eaten a booger?" I am suspicious, and cynical, and doubtful of this assertion.
|12 weeks 21 hours ago||Everyone's got a price||
|12 weeks 1 day ago||Great article||
I really want to say that this was a well written analysis by Baumgardner. Give credit where it is due. He lays out what went wrong with the five defensive plays, and also gives intelligent analysis of the OL and the failure of the TE and FB and WR to contribute in blocking.
|12 weeks 4 days ago||:-)||
|12 weeks 4 days ago||Thanks for doing this||
Thanks much for doing this. I appreciate the time and effort. Here are some possible topics and questions.
|12 weeks 4 days ago||Not bad||
Not bad weather at all. My daughter's Destroyer is in the Persian Gulf, currently in the vicinity of Bahrain. Today the forecast calls for widespread dust. 0% chance of rain the next 10 days, with sun and high temps around 105. I know she would trade for AA weather in a heartbeat.
|12 weeks 4 days ago||Yeah||
Yeah, I don't think I would sleep well. But I guess Beautyrest wanted to highlight their mattress. And I will say, I love a good night's sleep, and hate sleeping on a crappy bed. A good pillow, some clean cotton sheets, dark room, quiet room, good mattress, blanket if needed, and I am a happy man.
|12 weeks 4 days ago||You're kinda right||
You're kinda right. I figured, this must have been posted sometime, right? I mean, it has been out since May . . . never posted at mgoblog? The search function is kinda so - so. And yeah, you have to have a thick skin or solid content, because the crowd can be rough. But in retrospect, I should have just posted it without the CYA stuff. Let the chips fall wherever they may. Can't worry about the restless mob and their fickle feelings.
|12 weeks 4 days ago||GIF matches your avatar||
That gif matches your avatar. Interesting.
|12 weeks 4 days ago||grumble, grumble, grumble||
I hate the meta issues of the site . . . can't embed vids, can't page down the mgoboard, speed bogs down with traffic, search function doesn't work well. Sigh . . . still has the best Michigan content anywhere, so what's the point with complaining. Suck it up and enjoy the UFR's.
|12 weeks 5 days ago||Embedded video||
|12 weeks 5 days ago||Hart screwed himself||
Hart will never coach at Michigan. Harbaugh won't forget. Nor will others. Never throw your family under the bus.
|12 weeks 5 days ago||Just win, baby||
How would JH answer this question? He sure wouldn't whine or wring his hands. You control your own destiny. If you take care of business, and win your own games, that's all you can do. If Michigan won all it's games, and Houston won all it's games, it is my firm belief that Michigan would be rated above Houston. More than that, they would both be in the championship games, and would have a pretty good chance of meeting each other, to settle who is better on the field.
|12 weeks 5 days ago||Great observation||
"There wasn't a weakness on the field (at Michigan). Their coaches deserve credit. Their players deserve credit. That's some big-time football right there."
That's some high praise there.
|12 weeks 6 days ago||mesmerizing||
That's a mesmerizing gif. Brings back such good memories of studying in Korea at Yonsei for 6 mo.
|13 weeks 2 hours ago||Agree with you||
There was a significant talent gap for a number of years. Part of it was the type of player (RR), part of it was who the player was. But whatever the reason, Michigan did not have the horses. I would say at this point, if you took the top 24 at each school, they'd be comparable. And if you took the recent recruiting class, they'd be comparable. But top to bottom, everyone on the roster, Michigan needs a couple more classes to be on the same page.
|13 weeks 11 hours ago||Gerdeman definitely a Buckeye||
Gerdeman is definitely a Buckeye. But he often analyzes the Michigan game fairly well. I mean, there can be snark. However, looking at the last 10 years, and how Michigan fans typically had overinflated expections, the snark was justifiable. This year, this "now" year, seems to me to be the first time in a long time that Michigan really amounts to something. I am just hoping that Michigan stays healthy throughout the whole season. There are a lot of guys we can't really afford to lose. OSU is feeling our pain, with their depth at DT painfully thin.
|13 weeks 11 hours ago||I think they are more obsessed||
I think they are more obsessed. I don't think we do anything like this to track who OSU plays. But yeah, since it is about Michigan, I'll read it.
|13 weeks 4 days ago||Not really||
Not really. I mean, you can ask him for whatever you want. But the theft is really from the company providing the service and the log in, not from you. This is obvious. If you let your brother use your car, you ask him to give you something for gas sometimes. If you have the keys to your neighbor's car, and let your brother use it, he can give you money for gas but the issue is different. Your neighbor's car isn't for you to loan out to others, unless you have explicit permission to loan it out to others.
Regardless, the rule of thumb I'd use is to say, sure, use my log in a couple three times. See if you like it. If you like it, and want to use it regularly, you should buy your own service. Because it is the right thing to do. Or, you should watch the games together, when you yourself log in. But to give him a log in he can use whenever and wherever and however often he wants is not really right. No matter how many people do it.
If I were you, I'd be a bit concerned a bit about Big Brother. That is to say, if you regularly are both logged in at the same time at different locations, I'd imagine they will be able to flag that at some point in time.
|13 weeks 4 days ago||different options||
Obviously there are many different options. I am an old "cord never," and have cobbled together going to games live, watching on network tv, going to a local bar, going to watch with friends and alumni who have vastly more resources. It sounds like Playstation is the way to go for you.
2 other observations. First, it is worth asking, from my perspective, whether some of the options are ethical. That is something only you can decide for yourself.
Second, sports is the single thing where live or near live viewing is critical. So yes, it is fair and eminently understandable for sports to alwaus be premium. Assuming you are a young male, you are the single most prized demographic.
|13 weeks 4 days ago||Site is bogging down||
I realize site traffic must be spiking with the frenzy about JH and the team, but speed is really bogging down for me (on Chrome). Hopefully mobile will be better. I'm afraid mgoblog is a victim of it's own success. Sigh. Here's hoping for changes with servers, speed, site design, links, etc.
|13 weeks 4 days ago||Actually, I heard this as well||
I heard this as well. The problem is that it was buried in a thread, and you have to read through the whole thread because it isn't in the OP.
From what I remember, there is credence to this rumor. I heard turf toe, but then ankle, which may (or may not) be better.
|13 weeks 4 days ago||Ok||
Ok, that's a worthy cause. Is there something we should know for this particular request?
|13 weeks 4 days ago||Yeah||
I saw this article earlier, and also a column by Sharp. I sure wasn't going to be the one to link to either. I don't have an mgo-death-wish, after all. Don't feel like going to Bolivia. Having said that . . .
I think that both Albom and Sharp had positive and somewhat insightful coverage.
Sharp, in particular, seems more positive about Harbaugh and Michigan than I've ever seen.
For instance . . .
I will never be a fan of Sharp, given his snark and needling and the like. But there is this nagging feeling I have that he was right about one thing. Michigan has been crap, more or less, since 2008. The one year when Hoke came in was a mirage. Sharp shared his opinion that Michigan wasn't elite, and we hated it. He no longer is doing that. Why? I think because he himself believes that under Harbaugh, Michigan might actually amount to something.
EDIT: Regarding actual, you know, reporting like substance, I haven't seen the above quotes anywhere else in the pressers, etc. Either Sharp has made them up wholesale, or he is doing some actual reporting. Who'd a thunk it.
|13 weeks 4 days ago||Don't bet||
Only safe bet is don't bet. Or, make a friendly bet with your spouse or your buds. However, I'm with the crowd that says Michigan will kill Hawaii, and JH will rein things in, call off the dogs.
|13 weeks 4 days ago||Love the response||
Harbaugh has said that he will challenge things via that just aren't true. But in this case, it is true. Michigan has performed badly since 2008 against MSU, and since 2001 against OSU.
I'd imagine that Harbaugh is focusing on those records internally. I actually care more about winning those two games than anything else this year. If I was offered the choice:
I'd choose beating MSU and OSU and not going to the NC. Hands down. That is what has to be fixed before anything else. In fact, I'd love to see Michigan dominate in those games, although that's wishful thinking. It may have become an irritating overused meme, but we have to fix playing against those two teams. It is critical.
So yeah, I am perfectly good on how Harbaugh answered. Focus on that, and have that stick in the craw of the team. Isn't that part of the reason why Butt and Lewis came back? to experience beating those two teams? It's time. Today is the day. It is now. Carpe Diem.
|13 weeks 4 days ago||Slightly disagree||
Don't redshirt if guys are ready to see the field. However, there are caveats.
|13 weeks 5 days ago||Great post||
Thanks so much for doing something so worthwhile, that makes a real difference. We all love football. This is more important. Thank you.
|13 weeks 5 days ago||I dunno||
There are different times when you think they might launch a redesigned site, but there are different reasons why it doesn't happen. The beginning of the season seems like a good time . . . but they're too busy with content. The end of the season seems like a good time . . . but they're exhausted and need a break. And really, when is the "end of the season?" There's always something going on, between recruiting and Harbaugh and other stuff. The middle of the summer . . . but they need a vacation too? I just don't know. I mean, I think HTTV takes a ton of time. I'm sure it generates some profit, although I don't know how much. Regarding all the site design issues, I've donated money, I've suggested a kickstarter, but nothing happens. Seth occasionally chimes in, but I don't recall seeing anything from Brian for a long time. So I just kind of give up, because what's the point in being a nag.
To be completely fair, however, I look at my own life and different things that I procrastinate, and I think to myself, get your own house in order. We complain about the website not running to our satisfaction. But really, do we in our own lives get on top of everything? I certainly don't.
|13 weeks 5 days ago||Pointless to ask||
It is really pointless to ask the question. It has been asked many times. The truth is, the content is so strong, you just can't complain. Because the content is strong, the traffic is heavy. Maybe some day it will improve.
|13 weeks 5 days ago||Looking forward to OSU||
I'm really looking forward to the OSU game this year. I don't think they've ever faced a DL like this. I'd like to see the Michigan DL give some payback for the last 10 years. Love to see their QB running for his life.
|13 weeks 6 days ago||Doesn't matter where it was made||
Doesn't matter where it was made. Two things are being conflated here:
The quality of the fabric, and the craftsmanship of the tailoring/sewing, is what is important. You can buy crap made in the USA and crap made elsewhere. Likewise, there are high quality items made both here and abroad.
I'm old enough to remember when "Made in Japan" was a sign of shoddy workmanship. This was true in the 50's, and even into the 60's. But they caught up. Eventually, there was a time when automobiles with Japanese nameplates were seen as being of better quality than those made by GM, Ford, or Chrysler (let alone AMC).
I will gladly pay a bit more for an American made item, to support workers in the USA. But I won't pay a lot more for something that is of comparable or worse quality.
|13 weeks 6 days ago||Washtenaw Dairy and Stucchi's both good||
Both Washtenaw Dairy and Stucchi's are good. But if it is a nice day, I think you'd be better off going to either Maize and Blue Deli, or to Zingerman's. I won't debate between the two, because I think they're both good. But get some real food, and enjoy sitting there with your family. Especially if you're leaving at the beginning of the 4th quarter.
|13 weeks 6 days ago||Veterinary program?||
Tell your daughter to get a great education undergrad at Michigan. After that, if your grades are good enough, go to whatever vet program accepts you. (At one time, my daughter was interested in being a vet as well . . . admissions counselors at Michigan graciously told her that she'd be better off with her interests at a different school, whether that be MSU, Illinois, or OSU.)
|13 weeks 6 days ago||Guilty as charged||
Yeah, I definitely have been a homer. But like I said, it is great to see a half dozen Michigan guys listed.
|14 weeks 20 hours ago||Actually, no objection here||
Actually, no objection here. Please, talk about the Bible and post photos of attractive women. I would welcome either. In fact, I'm smiling contemplating this. And iirc, Brian has no problems with pictures of Scarlett Johansson in particular. Plus pics of noted Michigan fan Gisselle Bundchen and Kate Upton are always welcome.
|14 weeks 20 hours ago||Uh oh||
Uh oh. Mentioning the Bible . . . he's gonna be on Bando's list and a bunch of others at MGoBlog. With saying that kind of stuff, ship him out to the SEC. Doesn't fit at Michigan. /s
|14 weeks 21 hours ago||Happens everywhere||
I wouldn't throw rocks.
And those are only the situations I remember or know about. I'm sure there are plenty more. With a few exceptions in the above list, you learn from your mistakes. With those exceptions, you really need to be released from the program.
I love Michigan, and hate OSU, but I think it is ludicrous to suggest that in some way, Michigan players are morally "better" than OSU athletes.
|14 weeks 1 day ago||You forgot something||
You forgot something. To tag your thread with "/s." I thought it was blatantly obvious, but some guys missed that. Of course, we're all sick and tired of that discussion on RR. Your thread was a great reminder that we've moved on.
|14 weeks 1 day ago||Oldie?||
Oldie? Didn't that come less than a year ago? The time frame for "oldie" has compressed significantly.
|14 weeks 1 day ago||Was pretty specific||
There are a number of reasons why I disagree with you.
|14 weeks 1 day ago||Looks interesting||
It looks interesting. Rotten Tomatoes has it in the positive, although there are mixed reviews. I think I will see it for myself. Thanks for the heads up.
|14 weeks 3 days ago||It was wonderful||
It was wonderful . . . I watched two games tonight. There is nothing like the joy and life of an opening High School game. (My son's school is predicted to win the 7A championship in Illinois this year). Just a glorious night. Enjoyed the football. Love Michigan football, but from kids football to HS to college, it all is good.
|14 weeks 3 days ago||Wow||
I guess I didn't know that. Many of the teachers at my wife's school are making somewhere between 60 and 100k. Look at the military salary grid . . . enlisted are a bit less. My daughter, for instance, is around 27k. I didn't realize that teachers were in danger in the same way.
|14 weeks 3 days ago||Thanks||
Thanks for your kind words. I spent a day at sea on her ship at high speed, and it was pretty amazing. They fired off the 5" gun, and got to see what was involved in all the ballistic missiles and the radar system.
Having said that, small fiberglass patrol boats now traveling at speeds up to 85 mph, working together and closing on a ship in a serpentine pattern, in a somewhat confined area, are extremely dangerous. They don't pick up on radar very well, they can close very quickly when you're only a couple miles offshore, and a single boat loaded with 500 pounds of high explosives getting through is enough to take out a destroyer. Actually, Star Wars is a reasonable analogy. A very powerful vessel (Death Star, Destroyer,) is somewhat vulnerable to waves of unconventional attack. In the case of the Destroyer, they decidedly do NOT want to fire on any patrolboats.
|14 weeks 3 days ago||Really agree with you on several points||
I don't think "every game must include a thank-a-veteran moment, frequent uses of camo and flag imagery in uniforms and sideline apparel, etc."
I think thanking teachers and doctors and community organizers and leaders is a good thing. Doesn't need to only be the military.
Having said that, there are sacrifices made in the military that aren't often made by others mentioned above (deliberately being in a different world, different culture, working 24/7, low pay, sometimes having your life deliberately in danger).
In some ways, I would love to see compulsory national service, whether teaching, doing community service, construction, medical services, serving in the military. If almost every high school grad had a gap year where they served others in some way, it could be an incredible thing. However, this is definitely heading in the area of political discussion, so I will pull it back.
|14 weeks 3 days ago||You are correct||
1johnb, you are correct (about the 20k on the ground). And as I made clear, I consider them in much more danger than my daughter. But I think of and support all of them.
|14 weeks 3 days ago||Foreign policy there is a huge mess||
Foreign policy there is a huge mess. The US has made many, many missteps and mistakes for many years. There are no easy answers or solutions. The most I'll say is think of the soldiers and airmen and sailors who are deployed and serving in that arena. They are very far away from making any kind of policy decisions, but are the ones in harms way.
|14 weeks 3 days ago||That'd be good||
That'd be good. (Praying for everyone, or praying for world peace). Three comments.
|14 weeks 3 days ago||Well, I struck a nerve||
Well, I struck a nerve. I was pretty explicit in requesting prayer (or happy thoughts, or well wishes) on behalf of troops serving. I intentionally wasn't asking anything regarding America, or American foreign policy. I think debate on foreign policy is a good thing. And I don't think it is nearly as simple or black and white as it is often made out to be.
I will say that I was pretty happy to hear of my daughter's ship rescuing another ship overcrowded with refugees, who quite possibly would have died without their intervention. My daughter and I never talk about foreign policy, or whether or not her ship or the entire Carrier Group should be in the Persian Gulf. That is a policy decision way, way beyond her paygrade, and any wisdom I have.
The most I'll say is that the situation throughout the Middle East is horribly complicated and I really think there aren't any simple answers. I have spoken at length with a former Palestinian terrorist, and with another immigrant last year from Syria who is a recent convert from Islam. In the last couple years, he lost most of his personal property. When I asked both of them about some of the issues in the Middle East, and asked a particular question on Syria, the answer was, "all the choices are bad. The question is, what is the least bad choice?"
|14 weeks 3 days ago||I can respect that||
I can respect that. Which is why I suggested that those who don't pray can think happy thoughts or wish them well. The last thing I want to do is have debate on prayer. Regardless of religious beliefs, I think most of us can be supportive of our troops?
|14 weeks 3 days ago||I'd largely agree with you||
I'd largely agree with you. It is simply that personally, I think of my daughter. But God's perspective is infinitely more global and vast than mine (in terms of praying for all people).
|14 weeks 4 days ago||You're most welcome||
You're most welcome. I appreciate your engaging in civil dialogue and questions and banter. I think one of the hardest things for me to deal with is when individuals have made very strong pre-judgements, and won't even have discussion. By virtue of my beliefs, I am labeled an intolerant, unthinking bigot. To use an analogy, not every Muslim is an ISIS sympathizer. And not every Christian is in the place of Westboro Baptist church, to use a fairly wellknown example.
|14 weeks 4 days ago||Yep||
Yep, 3 disagree. It obviously doesn't matter for points. And I am too old to care about "likes." But I want to call out meanjoe. What's up with the (meaningless) downvote? Except, he's just going to make some witty or cute koala response.
|14 weeks 4 days ago||Ok, I'll take the bait||
PrincetonBlue, I'll take the bait. I somewhat agree with you. It is ok to give safe spaces to those who don't want to be confronted. My father, who turned 90 this month, is kind of in this category. He still has a good mind, but his mind is pretty made up about most things. He isn't particularly open to ideas with which he disagrees. I mean, he tolerates them, doesn't feel the need to fight them. He is not hostile, or angry, or argumentative, or crabby. He's a pretty happy guy. But his mind is made up. There's really no point in confronting him about (most) of his views. Dad shares a two-flat with one of my sisters in Skevanston. My other sister lives a mile away. Her husband is Jewish, she works for the Art Institute, and they are pretty open-minded and liberal. They are in a very different place than Dad. But my sister recognizes that there is almost no good reason to debate Dad, to bait Dad, to argue with Dad. She isn't going to change him. So why fight? I am completely ok with that. My father was very good friends with my sister's father-in-law. Her father-in-law was a secular, liberal Jew. They had wonderful discussions and debates, but they recognized they probably weren't going to change each other's views.
Here's where I disagree with you.
|14 weeks 4 days ago||That's a great point||
You are right. There is a legitimate misuse of micro-agression in discussion. And I completely agree that in certain contexts, there should be "safe spaces." In having debate and discussion, an awareness of "microagressions" is helpful. I think the point of the letter from the dean of students is that when these concepts are used as cover to shut down (or not even allow) for legitimate debate, something has gone wrong.
I travel in enough different circles that I can see how individuals are too often in silos, and never have the opportunity (or sometimes the interest) in engaging with others coming from a different position. Here are a few examples:
In these simple examples from my personal life, you have people at vastly different places on the political spectrum. The one thing that they have in common regardless of where they stand? An inability to have reasoned dialogue and discussion with those with whom they disagree. That is what I cherish in an environment like UofM.
|14 weeks 4 days ago||Fully agree||
I fully agree with you about this site. Debate football (O'Korn vs. Speight, what is the weak spot on the team, why did we have three decommitments). This isn't the place for debate or discussion on gender identity, same sex marriage, transgender washroom access, the presidential election.
Actually, I kind of think almost none of those issues work well ANYWHERE on the Internet. No matter the political position, I always mildly shake my head when someone posts something on any of those issues at facebook or the like. I don't think it ever ends well. I am sometimes asked who I endorse. And I don't think I've EVER endorsed a political candidate, or shared with others how I am going to vote. Not even my kids. I might make an exception this year and vote for no one, and share that privately. (Now I'm really asking for a ticket to Bolivia).
|14 weeks 4 days ago||Very well put||
Sopwith, I completely agree with you. I think there is more of a need for people to stand up for what they believe in, even when you have to use up your social capital in the process.
As a pastor, I stand in a place and hold some positions that are offensive to many people (including quite a few on this board). Mgoblog isn't the place for me to debate religion, and I don't. This place is an escape for me. (A safe space?) However, in my position as a pastor I am going to alienate some people. I am not going to be popular with some people. I am going to be rejected by some people. If, in the goal of being socially accepted, I avoid speaking out on what I believe, I have lost legitimacy. If I'm not willing to take some hits because of what I do and what I say, do I have anything important to say? I mean, even my own book says the same thing. Jesus said, "If they persecuted me, they will persecute you also." He said, "Whoever acknowledges me before others, I will also acknowledge before my Father in heaven. But whoever disowns me before others, I will disown before my Father in heaven."
In other words, I personally hold views that have a social cost. If I hide my views so I don't have to pay that social cost, then I really don't have much in the way of conviction on those views.
I recognize that my own views are increasingly held in low regard in society. And I'm ok with that. It goes with the territory. However, in a country founded on principles of freedom of expression and belief, I am concerned when marginalized positions are not even able to be part of the discussion.
|14 weeks 4 days ago||That's fair||
That's fair. Thanks for your response. I wonder, living in the Chicago area, how much of the letter was really addressed to the academy in Northern Illinois, especially in light of the DePaul situation. I suppose for students coming from around the country without the local context, it might seem pretty heavy handed. I do think that at least in metro-Chicago, there is a concern (at least publicly) to allow for debate from different areas of the spectrum. There definitely is the meta issue of who controls and sets the parameters for the debate? Who are the puppetmasters deciding what is legitimate debate? But I still think having some discussion on the whole topic is worthwhile.
|14 weeks 4 days ago||Shut down conservative speakers||
Twice in the last year, DePaul "uninvited" conservative speakers. To be fair, I think both were provocateurs. DePaul claimed that they couldn't adequately provide security, etc., etc. The problem was that there were students and others who loudly protested, claiming that to have such speakers on campus was violating a safe space for students, and offensive, and aggressive, and wrong, and that they weren't welcome. The issue wasn't the position of the speakers. The issue was that the campus, ostensibly "open-minded," was very close-minded to having conservatives speak. This has been very troubling for a number of thinking liberals. IIRC, Trib columnist Eric Zorn (a Michigan grad and probably on mgoblog) bemoaned the cancellation, basically because of the power of the protestors. The protestors "won," but at the expense of stifling free speech (albeit offensive speech).
|14 weeks 4 days ago||You know, I fully agree with you||
maizenbluedevil, that is well put. I, of course, was preemptively stating that this has nothing to do with the position of the Democratic or Republican or Libertarian parties. I wasn't either for or against Trump or Hillary. But you are completely correct in the big picture. And yes, I am concerned about the community at large, and discourse in our country. Rather, I'm concerned about the lack of intelligent discussion and discourse. I am dismayed at the lack of ability to passionately discuss and consider positions other than those you already hold.
I get together with about 10 guys from UofM for a weekend every Fall, usually somewhere on Lake Michigan. We play euchre or hearts, go for walks on the beach, cook and eat good food, watch the game, maybe pick some apples or grapes or go for a bike ride. (The only thing that's changed much as the years have gone by is that we drink much less beer, more wine, and not much of either). But the reason for getting together is to be with good friends you can talk with, debate with, discuss with. That is the high point for me. Whether it is about economics, religion, politics, elections, foreign policy, parenting, transgender issues, etc., etc., etc., we are able to have hearty discussion and still walk away friends. It pains me that this is something that happens for me in very few other contexts.
|14 weeks 4 days ago||Fascinating post||
Just read through the post . . . much more nuanced than the original letter from the Univ. of Chicago. Personally, I think there is room for both, and I would hope those working in the academy would have the common sense to be appropriately sensitive to students (looking at the examples from the blog post). I really would love to bait you into giving your personal comments. As in, do you think the letter from the dean of students was heavy handed and unneccessary, just propping up the existing power structure? Do you think that there is or is not a stifling climate for debate on liberal arts campuses? I.e., if you don't take the common position (typically called "liberal," although that is too simplistic,) there is no room for your position, or for reasoned discussion?
|14 weeks 4 days ago||Love to go||
I'd love to go. Maybe the mods will buy me a ticket (one way?) Yay . . . it's Lake Titicaca for me!
|14 weeks 4 days ago||I think I'd agree with you||
I think I'd agree with you. I'm curious: are there people out there who really are rape apologists? That's incredible. As regards fascism, my understanding is that fascism would be against liberal democracy, and the free discourse of different views. Which would make a fascist wanting the right to free expression of their ideas pretty ironic. Also curious: can you cite any instances of pro-fascists out there who are causing undue harm to a large swath of our population? I mean, I personally would reject fascism, but didn't realize it was a big problem out there. Guess I'm naive in that regard.
|14 weeks 4 days ago||You may be right||
stephenrjking, you may be right. I actually, on a meta level, am interested to see whether or not the thread lasts or degenerates. "Why we can't have nice things."
Where I take issue with you? I do think you can take a position advocating for free speech, without necessarily denigrating the position that is held by others. I guess, in the USA, free speech is such a bedrock principle, particularly in academe, that I think it is worth defending and spelling out. In other words, the only position I would denigrate is one that advocates for authoritarianism or totalitarianism, and an absence of the expression of ideas different from those espoused by those in power.
|14 weeks 4 days ago||Yep||
Being here is Chicago, I find myself shaking my head at what happened at DePaul. In fact, this is referenced, either in the editorial or in the companion Trib article.
|14 weeks 4 days ago||More definitions of apolitical||
Being apolitical can also refer to situations in which people take an unbiased position in regard to political matters. I would fully agree with you that if you run away from all opposing views, it isn't healthy. In fact, that's the point of my post. My own personal position on the various concerns of today is irrelevant to the need for having conversations with others, particularly with those whom you disagree with.
|14 weeks 4 days ago||Hmmm||
Hmmm. You may be right. This does have the potential to go terribly wrong, although I hope not. I have to admit, in posting this, I'm curious where the discussion will go. I studiously avoided taking ANY positions. Well, other than the position that it is good to have discussions with people you don't always agree with. Hope that is still true in today's academic environment.
|14 weeks 4 days ago||Mixed feelings on UM's status||
I have mixed feelings on Michigan's status, and whether or not the records from a long time ago should be included. As a Michigan grad, I completely think that the early history is real, and should be counted. But in the real world, you always ask, what have you done lately? You can't live on your past glory. Exhibit number 1: ND. I absolutely love Michigan's overall record and accomplishments. But we can't live in the past. What is Michigan going to do this year, and in the coming 10 years? That is more critical than what happened a hundred years ago.
|14 weeks 5 days ago||Don't know what to say||
I really don't know what to say. I'm still hoping that next week Brian unveils plenty of site operability changes. There are plenty of things that would make mgoblog easier to use. But I will continue to come here regardless. Thanks for your efforts. Maybe the site administration can create a site toggle switch to turn this feature on and off.
|14 weeks 5 days ago||I didn't know||
I didn't know about this, but then, I'm old and clueless and out of the loop. My teenagers always say I'm the last to know anything.
|14 weeks 6 days ago||Defer to Harbaugh||
There's a reason Harbaugh is the coach. I'd defer to him and to Drevno and Brown. There are many good suggestions out there. Lewan, Gardner, Jake Ryan are all guys that would be good. I guess I think we are pretty good at QB, believe it or not, but thinner still on the OL, and especially thin at LB, so flip a coin between Ryan and Lewan?
|14 weeks 6 days ago||Depends||
It depends. Possibly Beaumont could have been a seaman. I just watched some clips from "Hunt for Red October." The guy called "Jones" was a petty officer 2nd class. But I'd have to watch the movie to see if "Seaman Beaumont" was actually a "seaman" or something else.
You'd have to ask someone who has been active in the Navy. However, in my limited experience on board a ship, you would be most likely to hear "shipmate." You might hear "sailor." You might just hear the name, so an officer would call to me, "Kass."
There are a bunch of sailors who never make it through boot camp. When they get through, and are no longer a "recruit" but a "sailor" or "seaman," they're pretty happy.
|14 weeks 6 days ago||Will never buy season tickets||
I will never buy season tickets.
Once you total up ticket costs, food costs, gasoline costs, possibly hotel costs, ancillary costs, it isn't cheap. One game on the cheap could be several hundred bucks. A marquee game? Fuggetaboutit.
I don't prefer watching at home. However, at home you have:
|14 weeks 6 days ago||Multiple thoughts||
I have multiple thoughts on this question.
|14 weeks 6 days ago||Interesting||
It just so happens that my daughter is an ACNT FC3 & 2M Tech on the DDG87. (Aegis Computer Network Technician, Fire Controlman 3rd class Petty Officer, Minature and Microminature Electronics Module Test and Repair, USS Destroyer Mason, DDG87). "Seaman" is a title for a recruit who just got out of boot camp, classed E-3 paygrade. On a sub, there would be very few, if any, seamen. And a seaman would be be at such a low level that they would be very unlikely to be a source of useful information. I'm sure there are some former submarine guys on the board who can verify or dispute what I just said.
|15 weeks 16 hours ago||Pulling your chain||
LSAClassof2000, just pulling your chain. Reality is that points don't matter a bit anyway. Although, I suppose you could spot him 500 or so points as a show of good will.
|15 weeks 16 hours ago||Feel sorry for you||
I feel sorry for you. There was almost nothing to show that there was an earlier post, which was deleted by the moderators. That's not your fault. There is a very obscure one line link at the end of the front page recruiting thread, but no one can be expected to figure that out.
The mods really should have edited the title and locked the original thread if they had such a problem with the earlier post. OSU is our greatest rival. As such, a post about their signing 2 5-star guys is definitely relevant. Maybe the mods are abusing their power? Who knows . . . I may be on my way to Bolivia shortly.
|15 weeks 18 hours ago||Best of Luck||
If Taylor wants to open up his recruitment, he should. Better to be sure. I have heard from some Ohio State fans that Urban has the luxury of slow playing Ohio guys. While Taylor is opening things up, I fully expect Honingford (out of Sugarcreek, OH) and Hudson (out of Toledo, OH) to keep their commitments. Being that they are in the 2017 class, plus OSU doesn't have room for them, that's what will happen.
While we can't count on commitments from Ohio sticking that far in advance, it is obvious that you have to identify potential recruits far, far in advance, and get "offers" out to them early. You can see that Harbaugh has greatly increased the staff for recruiting. Building relationships with players early in their high school careers is a great thing to do. While it probably won't result in Taylor coming to Michigan, this kind of early recruiting will pay off in coming years.
|15 weeks 23 hours ago||Strengthens Michigan's position with other recruits||
The good news for Michigan is that OSU is extremely limited in remaining spots available. So far, they have 18 commitments for 2017. It isn't clear exactly how many more places they have. However, it is very few, and they won't be able to accept hardly any more.
With regards to wide receivers, I don't think there is room at OSU for DPJ. It becomes slightly more likely Peoples-Jones commits to Michigan. Of course, we also want 5 star WR Nico Collins and recent WR offer Oliver Martin.
Michigan and OSU both have lots of "offers" still out there. Here are the ones I see both schools potentially still wanting:
As I said, there are other guys out there with "offers" from both schools. But I think both Michigan and OSU would immediately take any of these 5 guys who wanted to commit. Michigan definitely has room for all of them. OSU doesn't. OSU either will need to cut guys currently on their team, or cut down the list of guys who are a "take." I can't predict at all where they will finally end up. However, if Michigan gets commitments from a number of these recruits, it would go a long way towards narrowing the gap between OSU and UofM. According to the recruiting overview, Michigan is in the top group for Tufele, Browning, Holmes, and Wilson.
EDIT: I didn't bother including Okudah, because Michigan isn't on his radar. Nor Najee Harris, because I am not sure OSU wants him, or that they are on his radar. I'm guessing both would be a take either school. But I was looking more at guys we are recruiting head to head for. I definitely want to see Michigan win more of those head to head recruiting battles.
|15 weeks 6 days ago||Yep||
Of course we'll see trick plays. But you really only get to use them once (In terms of a trick play being a surprise). Given the level of the competition, I hope we don't see the best trick plays until OSU. There are two caveats.
That's pretty convoluted. Short answer: Yep, trick plays.
|15 weeks 6 days ago||Nope||
Nope, hadn't seen that. Have a link?
|16 weeks 22 hours ago||Waiting to hear more on OL||
I'm waiting to hear more on the OL. Read the note that Dawson is playing with the #1's. Trying to figure out why Freshman Onwenu playing DT stopped the RB dead in his tracks, and shedded the OG totally in the process. (see clip on Onwenu above in the thread).
|16 weeks 1 day ago||Happy and mad||
Happy for Onwenu. Who is that pulling OL guy who just crumples down? It was like he was nothing. It will be a long year for our running backs if that's what we can expect.
|16 weeks 4 days ago||Several||
OSU, Stanford, TX, ND.
I think Meyer is an excellent coach, and OSU has a great program with a not bad school (up a lot since I was a student).
Please understand: respecting a school doesn't mean in the least that I don't want to beat them, and beat them badly. OSU is our rival, and I want to beat them more than any other school. But even though I don't like them, and want to see Michigan beat them like a drum, I still respect them, as a place that balances football with a good academic environment.
ND and Stanford and TX are all teams with history, along with very good academics. Stanford and TX just aren't natural rivals. Oh, and I am firmly in the camp of wanting to play ND.
|16 weeks 4 days ago||You are a bad person||
|16 weeks 4 days ago||Interesting||
"We'd rather spend money on ourselves to take vacations and buy what we want."
This is one statement where a sarcasm meter completely fails me. You could be completely seriously. And you could be over the top sarcastic. Without knowing you, or hearing your tone, it is impossible to tell.
If you are being sarcastic, well, ok.
If you are being serious, I support you. That is to say, I'll agree that some people shouldn't have kids. They are a serious investment. I personally wouldn't trade them for anything. I have loved experiencing so many things with kids. There's nothing like the awe of taking your kids to do something that blows their mind. They are happy you're spending money on them. And you secretly are delighted to have them with you enjoying themselves, and would find it much more boring to only have the two of you or one of you.
|16 weeks 4 days ago||Navy, scholarships||
College costs are brutal. Our oldest daughter is in the Navy, as an Aegis computer network technician on a Destroyer (currently in the Persian Gulf area). The GI bill is giving her more than $150k towards college costs, plus living costs while enrolled. She is considering reenlisting: she'll get a $50k + reenlistment bonus, and is able to knock out as many gen ed classes as she can on the Navy's dime while she's enlisted. That's above and beyond the GI Bill. Her goal is to get an environmental engineering degree, finish college debt free, and have enough for a down payment on a house with her reenlistment bonus. (Unfortunately, Michigan doesn't have an environmental engineering degree program, at least now).
We also have twin adopted children in high school. Because their mother was on crack, and they came through the foster care system, there are special scholarships available to them. With good grades, they will qualify for a full ride (tuition, dorm, books, fees, medical costs) at any Illinois public college or university where they're admitted. Our daughter is planning to go to the University of Illinois for pre-law. Our son needs to get his act together.
The reality is that they will not have the opportunities I had. I was able to make enough between grants, scholarships, and summer work to pay for room, board, tuition, books, fees, at Michigan. Those days ended a long, long time ago. The other reality is that it appears all 3 of our kids will have college paid for without my contributing any money to the cost. I'm not complaining. I sure can't afford to pay for college on my salary.
I just finished reading a very good book entitled Hillbilly Elegy. The author, J.D. Vance, makes a fascinating point. If you are a good student, it actually is more affordable to go to a top of the line school than a State school. Places like Yale, Harvard, Princeton, Stanford, Northwestern, and the University of Chicago have huge endowments and scholarships for low income families. If your income is low enough (under $50k?), and you are admitted to a prestige school, chances are, most of your costs might be paid for, much more than the scholarships offered by a state school.
|16 weeks 4 days ago||Harbaugh likes and respects Meyer||
In the ESPN interview earlier this week, Harbaugh mentioned that he liked Meyer, and respected both Meyer and Dantonio. I'm sure that Harbaugh wants nothing more than to beat them. But that isn't mutually exclusive with likeing them.
I definitely, badly, want to see Michigan beat OSU. But I think some of the Hatred stuff is a bit overplayed. Hate obnoxious fans. Hate losing. But don't hate OSU.
|16 weeks 5 days ago||Many factors||
I know that some of the recruits and their families have put together a list of things to consider. Many of them are kind of obvious, but here are a few off the top of my head.
|16 weeks 5 days ago||Too many variables||
There are several variables:
If I am paying, cost is an issue. For that reason, I would go with games 2 or 3, possibly 4 or 5. Should be able to get tickets at a reasonable enough price, and get home to Chicago by Saturday night. The issue becomes which game can I buy tickets for at a reasonable price.
If you're paying, then I'd choose to go to OSU or post-season. The way you posed the question (one Michigan game), the implication is that Michigan is playing. That being the case, the only choice is the National Championship Game. Because if they are playing in the NC, that means they already beat MSU, OSU, the Big 10 Championship, and the Semi-Final games.
|16 weeks 6 days ago||Sure the mods can help you||
I'm sure the mods can help you put up a different avatar. IIRC, they have helped out a few users with a pretty pink sparkly unicorn avatar. Or something like that.
|16 weeks 6 days ago||None of it matters||
I am not ecstatic about Jordan/Nike.
This is among many things (Game of Thrones, sandwich places in Ann Arbor, Detroit Tigers) that don't matter at all to me, but about which others are very passionate.
|17 weeks 6 days ago||Personally don't care either way||
I personally don't care either way (on the font change with the 4 or the 2). I don't get too exercised about the uniforms. But the way Angelique's article read, I suspect that this is true. Not like Hackett to tell a half truth. And regardless, I love the story of Willis Ward and how Gerald Ford and UofM students responded to the racism so many years ago.
Oh, and I'm excited this year about the prospect of beating MSU and OSU. Michigan could wear the ugliest uniforms known to mankind: if they beat those two teams, I wouldn't care.
|18 weeks 2 days ago||You know you can edit OP||
You may not realize it, but you can edit the OP (unlike replies in the comment thread). So you can actually fix this.
|18 weeks 4 days ago||Agree with pumping brakes||
I agree with pumping the brakes. Personally, I would have UM, MSU and OSU tied. There are way too many unknowns for me. I don't know how all of the new guys on the field for OSU will do. I don't know about MSU's defense, and even moreso, it's offense. And I don't know about just how good Michigan's QB play will be, and how their OL will be. Sometimes, you have a clear sense of the character and level of a team. This year, I don't.
|18 weeks 5 days ago||Love the shirt||
I love this shirt. Would wear it in a heartbeat. Classic M, like the colors, what's not to like? And yeah, I view the Jordan thing as a logo, like the Nike Swoosh or the Adidas stripes. I'd be completely fine without it, but can definitely live with it.
I never minded the highlighter yellow, but this color definitely brings back memories of shirts when I was a student.
|18 weeks 5 days ago||Usually New Balance||
For sports, I usually wear New Balance shoes. They are comfortable, have good cushioning and support, the price is ok, and I like to support a company that still makes shoes in the USA.
I happen to have a pair of maize and blue Croc flip flops with the old style "M" (with the logo) because they were in the sale bin at TJ Maxx. Couldn't beat $6 for a pair of new Crocs. Only pair I own.
Most of my shoes are pretty boring and comfortable . . . Florsheim Oxfords, Bass Weejuns Penny Loafers, Sperry Topsiders, Bass Bucks. I need a pair of Clark Wallabees.
|18 weeks 6 days ago||Wore them this morning||
I wore athletic shoes this morning. Went out and rode about 12 miles on the trails for almost an hour. My issue isn't really the shoes. My issue is paying inflated prices for shoes that may or may not be good. I have nothing against Nike, and have owned a number of Nike shoes. But from what I've understood, the whole purpose of Jordan is marketing. The goal is to create a "must have" shoe, because people will pay lots of extra money to have that label. Back in the day, people paid extra money to have a little izod alligator embroidered on their shirt. Some pay extra for a polo horse logo. I'd say, buy the best quality product you can at the best price you can, regardless of the label.
The quality and fit and comfort of Nike vs. New Balance vs. Reebock vs. Adidas is one issue. Price is another. Some shoes fit some feet better than others.
One last issue for me has to do with wages and labor and buying American. I have owned cars made in Korea and Japan, and apparel from all over. But part of me likes supporting American made goods when possible. When the wage to make shoes are $1.50 an hour in Vietnam and Malaysia, that's not a level playing field, imhe. So if the price is about the same, and the quality the same, I'm more likely to buy New Balance, since they are the only athletic shoe manufacturer to still make shoes in the USA.
|18 weeks 6 days ago||'cause you're a lemming with more money than brains?||
'cause you're a lemming with more money than brains? Or someone gave you the shoes as a gift? I can't think of why else you, as an adult, would ever wear those shoes. Or pay ridiculous amounts of money to have them.
|21 weeks 4 days ago||OL Recruiting||
Over at TTB, Magnus said he wants Ruiz as C on the OL, which makes a lot of sense. However, after Ruiz, his preference is Jedric Wills, an OL out of KY.
I am really looking forward to improved OL play. I also want to see the DL recruiting stay at a high level. I am a firm believer that the strength of the OL and DL go a long way to predicting the overall success of the team.
|21 weeks 5 days ago||Forget about banner: site update||
The banner is nice and all, but what I really want to hear the plans for site functionality. I don't even care that it doesn't happen now, or next mont: I just want to know the game plan.
|21 weeks 5 days ago||Easter is more important||
Easter is the critical, or holiest holiday, for Christians, but your sentiment stands, none the less.
EDIT: This morning, while I was dropping my son off at school, I noticed several high school boys in full traditional Muslim dress (grey gowns). I suspect it has something to do with the holiday.
|21 weeks 6 days ago||The problem is being too simplistic||
The problem with some readers her at mgoblog is being too simplistic. There are occasionally good articles or true news at virtually any outlet . . . including the Freep, BR, and Chatsports. In this particular case, it is hard to be overcritical about something written by a former player and athlete. People need to use common sense, and ask, is there good analysis? Is there news that isn't clearly covered elsewhere? If the answer is "yes," a link and a post should be fine.
|22 weeks 1 day ago||Kitchen appliances||
The thing with kitchen appliances, you often don't use them, but when you need them, they are great to have. A microwave, a toaster oven, both are great. Full size ovens? Awesome. I actually have access to a full size commercial convection oven. Now that is incredible. . . you can cook for a big crowd of people with that thing. and it cuts a bit of time.
Also love my big old weber gas grill. If there was one appliance I wouldn't miss terribly, it would be the dishwasher. We hate to have dishes sit in there, waiting for a full load, so most of the time, we're hand washing a small sink of dishes. I love my coffee maker too. And we have both a food processor and one of those handheld wand cuisanart things. I use my grinder for coffee beans a couple times a week. Could live without most of them, most of the time. But love having them all for when you need them.
A rice cooker is something most Westerners don't have, but it is a convenient thing to have around. And an electric frying pan/griddle comes in handy. I wouldn't mind having an ice cream maker again, but not so much that I'm going out to buy one. If I had endless room, I would get a couple presses, one for making apple cider, the other a winepress for grapes.
Regarding the double oven, my sister still has my mom's old electric roaster. It was great for roasting a big old piece of meat (turkey, ham, etc.) and leaving the oven free for anything else. And you could put the roaster away down in the basement etc. for those few occasions when you needed it.
And regarding the toaster oven, it actually doesn't toast as well or as evenly as a conventional toaster. But because it is a "swiss army knife" of toasters, we choose it instead of a regular toaster.
|22 weeks 1 day ago||Why choose?||
"So if you had to choose between Rashan Gary and Jabrill Peppers, who would you choose?" And I'd say, "BOTH!" Gary and Peppers are both great, they're just different. Peppers couldn't play on the DL. Gary couldn't play in the secondary. It doesn't make either of them less of a player.
And for me, there is a definite place for BOTH a microwave and a toaster oven. A toaster over is better for toast, and for general cooking. It is better for a small batch of nachos, or for melting cheese on toasted bread, or for garlic bread. But a microwave is better for reheating coffee, soup, warming something up, for leftovers, It is great for melting butter. It is good for cooking up oatmeal. If you take the chicken off the grill just a touch too soon, you can zap it in the microwave. I really never cook in a microwave, but it is a good tool to have in the kitchen.
|22 weeks 4 days ago||I like it||
I read an article this week about these special prep academies where the basketball elite go to high school for a year or two or three, before heading to college. The sense of the article was that these kids are really training to be professional basketball players, and there really is little need for the sham of "going to college."
It is a crazy world. The reality is that if you are playing elite level basketball in college, your course schedule is pretty bizarre (in terms of being gone from school). Every now and then there is a post about whether or not you can be on the football team and actually attend one of the professional schools (architecture, art, nursing, education etc.) I think it would be even harder to do this in basketball. If you have a practicum or lab that is only taught from 1 - 5pm M - W - F, how in the world could you be on a sports team? The amount of tutoring and missed class time means that these guys are essentially pro athletes already.
|22 weeks 4 days ago||Interesting||
There are many things I'd ask.
I would love to see color on color with OSU, even with MSU, and also would love to see the OSU and MSU home/away schedule tweaked.
|22 weeks 4 days ago||State||
I am fully with the State Game being the critical "Must Win" for UofM this year. We have to establish dominance and change the pattern. If we win all the other games and lose to Michigan State, it almost doesn't matter.
I'm torn about OSU. Personally, I drank the Michigan Kool Aid last year, and feel snake bit. For me, the critical thing is a competitive game. While it would be torture to lose by a couple points, I could live with it. The game is in Columbus, they've been killing it in recruiting for years, and they curb-stomped us last year. If Michigan plays a competitive game and loses in OT, or by a last minute field goal, it would be a dong punch. But it would give me significant hope going forward.
Last year, we should have beat MSU, but lost on a fluke. Horrible way to lose, but I thought Harbaugh did a great job of coaching a team that was a bit behind MSU in terms of players on the field. This year, the talent disparity is gone with MSU, and we have to win that game. With OSU, I still feel that overall, they have more talented players. If Michigan manages to beat them, Alleluia! But if Michigan is competitive with them and has them on the ropes, but loses, well, I can live with that, for this year.
Addendum: I really hope that Michigan either runs the table, or loses only to OSU. A loss to any other team would be profoundly annoying and disappointing.
|22 weeks 5 days ago||Very nice, EGD||
Very nice recap. Nice to have an informative answer and not just more snark. Of course, there are lots more recruits out there, but Drew Singleton is one to watch.
The other thing the OP might not be aware of is the 2017 Recruiting Overview . . . here on this very blog website! It is found under the "Useful Stuff" tab. The mods and proprietors keep it fairly up to date (still need to add Honingford). It breaks down prospects (by position) into the following categories:
LINK: 2017 Recruiting Overview
|22 weeks 5 days ago||UP, CA, & Peru||
|22 weeks 6 days ago||I'm StephenRKass||
I'm StephenRKass, and I've never created an alternate account, and never will. I'm too old and too lazy and don't feel the need to have alternate identities so I can write really snarky or rude or whatever things. Just not going to do that. Besides, it's my real name and I will stand behind what I write.
|22 weeks 6 days ago||Be my guest||
Be my guest and paste it all. However, iirc, the mods frown on such behavior. That may have changed.
|23 weeks 5 days ago||yes||
yes I definitely believe there is intelligent life beyond earth.
|24 weeks 11 hours ago||Buffalo||
Buffalo is a rustbelt town. not a ton of natural beauty. Two teams. No success. Worst town for pro sports.
|24 weeks 21 hours ago||totally agree||
I think that where good teams become great is in assessing boom or bust guys. You have to roll the dice, and take a chance on someone who could be a lights-out star. Sometimes you miss, but when you strike gold, it can make the difference between a good team, and a team that beats Ohio State and wins the national championship.
|24 weeks 1 day ago||One caveat||
There is one caveat I would give. If I was looking at where to go, and Michigan had a freshman who just completed a very successful year at QB, I'd think, do I want to go there? We always hear that the best kids aren't afraid of competition. Which is true. But if I saw that I was probably going to redshirt the next year (behind said freshman), and quite possibly be on the bench the next two after that, I'd think long and hard about whether or not I wanted to do that. Say, for instance, that Peters beats everyone out, and has a stellar year. Do I still want to come to Michigan? Maybe not. In this case, McCaffrey is going to come regardless. But if and when Harbaugh finds "his guy," that may change the dynamic for HS QB's looking at where they want to go.
|24 weeks 2 days ago||nurse?||
nurse? iirc, close to impossible at Michigan with afternoon schedule sophomore year? maybe a redshirt in that year? But with Harbaugh they will try to make it happen.
|24 weeks 2 days ago||Other post was totally different||
The other post was about how Michigan football fans reconcile being football fans with being against their child's personal involvement. And FTR, I am not raising that question in the least.
This is the first time (in 8 years of playing football) that we've really looked at the question. Yes, it is an issue. We'll have to just see. I do think there are a lot of bright people on this website, and I was sure there would be links to some good information (which there was). At this point, I don't have data that is conclusive either way.
I get the "self-confirming bias" thing. But I am really trying to look at this with an open mind, and work together with my wife and son to come to the right decision.
|24 weeks 2 days ago||Excellent!||
Normally, I smirk at the "posbang" stuff. But I'd gladly give you most of my points for this link. Exactly the kind of thing I'm looking for. Scary, but helpful. Thanks much.
|24 weeks 2 days ago||Umm, I'm trying to do what is best for my kid||
Umm, I'm trying to do what is best for my kid. That's why I asked the question. I tend to think football is fine. My wife has significant doubt. So I'm just trying to find pros and cons in terms of information and studies that are out there. This is one area I don't want to just go with a "gut feeling."
|24 weeks 2 days ago||Never heard of PubMed||
I never heard of PubMed. Just googled it. Glad to look there for articles on CTE, concussion, as regards HS football.
Thank you . . . not my field of expertise.
|24 weeks 3 days ago||Pertains to NFL||
I think the studies are pretty conclusive that repetitive vicious hits to the head are not good for the brain. I would argue that there is a vast difference between the NFL and HS football. But looking for more substantive proof.
|24 weeks 5 days ago||I think they all handled it well||
I think they all handled it well. I would be fine if Harbaugh largely did the same thing.
|24 weeks 5 days ago||Son of David Robinson||
Corey is the son of David Robinson (I included that in my post, and it was also in the Chicago Tribune article).
|24 weeks 5 days ago||Asked to Gray Shirt||
Sibley was asked to gray shirt. OSU has an extremely, extremely highly rated class, and quite a few top 100 guys who want to buy in. One of their problems is they don't have a big class, and they're struggling to fit everyone in who wants to be there. So Sibley was asked to postpone his scholarship a bit. At least Meyer gave him lots of notice . . . it was easy for Sibley to land somewhere else.
|25 weeks 20 hours ago||Variety||
Variety is the spice of life. I am fine with noon starts, and with 3:30pm games, and with night games.
I personally like noon games because
I personally like 3:30 games because
I personally like evening games because
What I personally don't get is the people who bitch and moan because their personal preference isn't met. I especially don't get those who complain about not having enough time to drink. I don't care how bombed other people get. It's a free country. But kvetching about a start time because they don't have enough time to "party" and "get wasted" before the game? Get a life.
|25 weeks 21 hours ago||Obviously many reasons||
Obviously, there were many reasons for Michigan's demise, including those mentioned above. I am not a stats guy, but I think the ones to ask on this question would be Seth, Brian, WD, and others who track this. I do believe that the issue with RR was that he didn't recruit enough of them. I just think you need to recruit 3 - 5 solid guys on the OL year in and year out, and we didn't have that. You can blame our secondary, our wonderful QB who wasn't the best passer, and a number of other things. I would include among those things not having enough quality offensive linemen.
|25 weeks 22 hours ago||Great news||
This is great news. We've known Bredeson is good for a long time. What so many fans fail to see is how critical line play is on both sides of the ball. When RR changed the emphasis on the OL, Michigan cratered. Having a stable full of strong OL guys is essential to the future success of the team. We have bemoaned our lack of star RB's. The issue is more one of the lack of star OL. And this is one group where you've got to have five solid guys. When you have five solid OL guys, it changes the whole offense. We need more of these.
|25 weeks 2 days ago||First world problems||
I'm jealous of you . . . not in a bad way, but criminy, this kid is golden. What are you worried about? More than that: I trust he'll get in, but I think it is a mistake to have your heart so set on something that ANYTHING else is a disappointment. Just my 2 cents.
|25 weeks 4 days ago||So many places||
I really won't pick, can't pick. What I'll say is that beauty is everywhere, if you have eyes to see it. I've been fortunate to see and experience all the following, and too many more to mention.
I hope I always have eyes to see and appreciate the beautiful world we live in. It is great to have a sense of awe and wonder at every day.
|26 weeks 16 hours ago||Goes with the territory||
You have to deal with guys who are habitual downvoters. Goes with the territory. Remember a couple rules about points.
Sometimes WD has good stuff, sometimes, he cares too much about being "first," etc. When guys try to be "first," I'm always reminded of this scene from the movie "Colors."
|26 weeks 4 days ago||Was thinking of England||
When you said "UK," I was thinking, since when do bball players transfer from England? Do they even play bball at Oxford and Cambridge? Am I stupid or what?
Regardless, I'd love to see some 5 star talent come Michigan's way.
|26 weeks 5 days ago||Actually, no||
A bunghole is a term used historically with a keg of liquid, often beer. From Wikipedia:
The slang use of "bunghole" was particularly popularized by Beevis and Butthead.
The more you know . . .
|26 weeks 5 days ago||Probably not||
There definitely is a huge gene aspect to this. Interestingly, my mother competed colliegiately, but that was back in the early 50's, and the world was different. (Prior to D-1). To the best of my knowledge, she didn't pass on excessive athletic genes.
We adopted twins, who are more athletic than we are. I still am very skeptical of D-1 talent in either of them. However, our daughter made the Varsity Soccer team as a Freshman, which seems pretty good. Our son loves football, and is still growing. But the reality is that if he is to do anything, it is in baseball . . . being a natural lefty with a strong arm, he has "potential" to pitch.
I really think that the genes obviously favor particular sports or positions.
The reality for me is that I don't pine for my kids to play D-1 sports. There are lots more important things in life.
|26 weeks 5 days ago||You need to have prior contact||
In my job, I have regular contact with maybe 20 - 30 kids. I really try to be pretty careful with boundaries on Social Media. I don't want to be too chatty . . . although you kind of need to respond in kind to their communication. If you think of Harbaugh, he has had some pretty interesting communication with some prospects. Edgier than many coaches.
The thing is, I don't think I would EVER initiate contact with someone who I didn't already have contact with. It just is a boundary line I don't want to cross. Contacting prospects is just plain creepy to me.
I also think that Internet Anonymity is a scourge. So many people wouldn't even think of doing stuff if they knew that it was being directly linked to who they are. I'm not a big fan of anonymous communication. It leads to trolling, very inappropriate posts, a lack of accountability, all kinds of bad things.
|26 weeks 5 days ago||I concur||
Having 15 year old twins, their decision making is challenged. Including on Social Media. My 23 year old has improved, but still isn't all the way there yet.
|26 weeks 6 days ago||Send this guy to Peru instead of Bolivia||
Lima, Peru, that is, instead of Bolivia.
|26 weeks 6 days ago||Holiness doesn't matter||
Holiness has nothing to do with it. Not contacting recruits unless you have a preexisting relationship (teammate, family member, etc.) is all that matters.
|26 weeks 6 days ago||I actually didn't track it down||
I actually didn't track the guy's name down. I'm probably not internet savvy enough to do that. Someone over at Eleven Warriors apparently knows the guy and posted his name.
|26 weeks 6 days ago||Is your title line misspelled purposely?||
Because, embarrassed could be misspelled purposely as a snarky way to comment on guys like Chris Grant, aka "Wayne Bateman." The whole "moran" and "Staee" thing.
I am old enough that sometimes snark and sarcasm go right past me. I hope you meant to do this. Because, if you didn't, this is the height of irony.
|26 weeks 6 days ago||I absolutely hate idiot fans||
This is totally irritating. Only thing I'll say is people in glass houses . . .
|26 weeks 6 days ago||Very glad to hear that||
Obviously, he took some kind of beatdown, because he removed his twitter account. SMH, rolling my eyes, this is ludicrous. Total facepalm moment. Hope DPJ realizes that idiot fans exist in every fanbase. All I'll say is that Michigan isn't immune from having total idiot fans out there.
|26 weeks 6 days ago||Weather||
The worst of the storm passed by a couple hours ago (around 4pm CST). It is approaching 6pm CST, and Naperville should be all clear (I'm about a dozen miles away, 30 minutes with current traffic).
|27 weeks 11 hours ago||Almost||
I'd beg to differ. imhe, Antjuan Simmons from across the street at Pioneer is somewhere in the top 3. It is annoying that he is going to OSU. Horrible to lose him, not that he was Michigan's to lose. I still haven't heard the full scoop on why he didn't like Michigan. And I decidedly got the sense that there was something that really annoyed him about Michigan, including when he was offered.
But I don't want to be a Debbie Downer. 4 out of the top 5 would be great.
|27 weeks 5 days ago||That's great||
I think that's great. I hope that you find your niche, and can indeed make a difference. Life is too short to be miserable in a job/position/career you hate, but do just for a paycheck.
I know you didn't ask, but if I were you, I'd try to find something that uses the skills and talents and abilities you've used and gained over your lifetime. I mean, you can do something completely unrelated, but often enough, we have skills that we can apply in a more productive place, skills that would make a huge difference somewhere. Good luck in moving forward.
|27 weeks 5 days ago||Your job gives you that flexibility?||
Your job gives you that flexibility? That's cool, and you're very fortunate.
|27 weeks 5 days ago||Had it with Evanston?||
Have you had it with Evanston, iirc? Ready to head out to sunny California?
|27 weeks 5 days ago||Yes, definitely||
Yes, you definitely should start an official MeanJoe website. I think that is it. Maybe you can raise funds here at mgoblog to crowdfund your new website.
|27 weeks 5 days ago||Many things||
I (mostly) love my job. When I grow up, here's what I want
I don't want more money. I don't really want more stuff. I don't want a different job. I have already traveled a fair amount in my life. I don't need to travel more, but if I did, I would love to spend a year traipsing around in Israel and Greece and Italy and the Med and Austria and parts of the former Yugoslav republic. I wouldn't mind a different house, but I'm ok with my current home. . . really, it is just a building.
EDIT: I love that picture. Very pretty girl, wholesome. I guess my avatar shows my tendencies . . .
|27 weeks 6 days ago||Colors?||
I like Black and Silver. Classic, simple, strong, dominant, striking fear.
Think Raiders, Darth Vader, Bikers, dare I say Nazi officers.
Second would be Black with Gold trim, helmets. Several high schools (my own and my son's).
|27 weeks 6 days ago||What do you mean by worst?||
What do you mean by worst?