|2 weeks 4 hours ago||Don't forget the Raiders||
So it's: Raiders -> Tenn -> USC -> Bama -> FAU
Tennessee to USC is a promotion in my book, but that's one vicious downward trajectory otherwise.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||Good.||
|5 weeks 6 days ago||It's not just you. Pricing on||
It's not just you. Pricing on most stuff is outrageous. They're gouging us.
|5 weeks 6 days ago||Only thing I bought was the||
Only thing I bought was the annual t-shirt. Loved the new design, but my eyes nearly popped out of my head when I saw it was $26 and thinner than 1-ply TP. That is very nearly double what the Adidas season shirts were, IIRC. I vaguely recall paying about $50 for three shirts (one for me, my dad, and my older son) in the Adidas days, but this year it was close to $90. And, to salt the wound, the quality was actually worse (which I wouldn't have thought was possible)!
So, at least for the annual shirts, it was an absolutely terrible, terrible POS t-shirt (with a nice design) for nearly $30 after tax. Which is bad, and frankly had me feeling like the University/Nike was ripping off the fans. For the first time, I was actually embarrased to send my dad such an utterly crappy piece of clothing.
The uniforms are fine, though I didn't really have a problem with most of the Adidas uniforms either (except for the "uniformz" versions for FB, and most of the BB unis were horrendous).
The shoes . . . I'm tempted to call them ugly, but I'll just leave it at: not my style.
|9 weeks 3 hours ago||Brain fart||
Thanks for that. I had briefly confused Lupoi with Tuioti... I feel dumb. <insert sheepish emoji>
|9 weeks 3 hours ago||Lupoi?||
Why would it be good for Michigan if Lupoi (Harris's primary recruiter) leaves? I assume there's just a missing "not" before "very good,' but maybe I'm the one who's missing something.
|10 weeks 4 hours ago||Pretty sure Seth made this||
Pretty sure Seth made this the question of the week, or whatever, entirely because he wanted to (re)make the Middle Brother joke. That is totally fine with me. It's gold.
Also: (1) The Situation Trophy is pure genius; and (2) maybe UCF would've taken Diaco more seriously if they realized he wasn't just a PR guy for Dunkin' Donuts.
|18 weeks 6 days ago||Beat me to it||
I was going to post the exact same thing.
|21 weeks 3 hours ago||38-9||
|23 weeks 6 days ago||59-0||
(Edit: Sorry for the double post. A bit overly excited I guess. My friends call me Double Down.)
|23 weeks 6 days ago||59-0||
|29 weeks 4 days ago||Age of consent||
In some states, and Ohio is one of them, the age of consent is under the age of majority. Age of consent in Ohio is 16, with some "near in age" exceptions (it isn't statutory rape when a 17yo sleeps with a 15yo, etc).
|44 weeks 3 hours ago||Very understandable||
Very understandble though since a ton of lawyers like to put "Juris Doctorate" on their resumes or on-line biographies. I think they do it because it sounds fancier. They'd also say that the degree is a "doctoral" degree, so it isn't wrong, but others (including me) disagree.
|44 weeks 5 hours ago||Sorry, pet peeve of mine, but...||
UMLS doesn't grant a degree called "Juris Doctorate." I don't think there's a law school in the country that does. JD pretty universally stands for Juris Doctor.
|50 weeks 1 day ago||Seems like there was an||
Seems like there was an article not all that long ago arguing that the dunk is ruining the game. Seems like everything is being ruined by the next generation, one way or another.
|50 weeks 1 day ago||"Deserve's got nothing to do||
"Deserve's got nothing to do with it." - Unforgiven
|51 weeks 7 hours ago||Between 155 and 160 in a||
Between 155 and 160 in a built '93 Z-28. Out in the middle of nowhere in central California, east of the Sierras. Absolutely not legal. I was young and stupid.
Recently drove my dad's DB9 and it felt like it could build speed for days. But I'm not quite so foolish anymore.
|1 year 2 weeks ago||I (politely) disagree||
I have heard reported that there are some people who enjoy that note, but of the halfdozen or so serious Infinite Jest fans among my group of friends, every single one of them finds that note to be slog. I absolutely *hated* that note the first time I read the book.
|1 year 2 weeks ago||Superb and probably occasionally maddening||
As someone else said above, it is probably the most rewarding book I've ever read. The prose is incredible (with maybe one or two short exceptions), yes. But I think it works best for you if you can relate to or are interested in one or more of the underlying issues the book is "about"--addiction, tennis, depression, and identity were the big things for me. I love it like no other book.
That said, I don't force it on anyone. It's not for everyone, and I don't think it's about (as some have maybe sarcastically suggested above) intelligence or snobbery. My wife is insanely smart, a serious reader, etc, and I know it just isn't her cup of tea. There are some books I'd recommend to almost anyone. Infinite Jest is not one of those books.
Unlike some people who love it, I won't say it isn't "hard." It was hard for me, at first at least. I wanted to throw it against a wall several times. It is long. It often seems to be heading off in too many directions. It has lots of endnotes, some of which go on for what seems like forever. One of the things that kept me going was I had read somewhere that readers often get stymied early on, but if you make it past the first 250 pages, you won't want to put it down. This is exactly what happened to me, but for me it was more like 300 or 350 pages. But once I got to that point, it had its hooks in me deep. As I neared the end, I was starting to think it wasn't long enough.
As to your specific questions, there's a plot for sure. It is multifaceted and not presented linearly, but it is there. If you want a straight forward story that goes directly from start to finish, this isn't that. That said, I became very invested in the characters--the structure of the book didn't hurt me in that regard, it might have actually even helped.
|1 year 3 weeks ago||Best avatar ever||
Best avatar ever. I've been meaning to say that for years. Can't recall if I ever did, but figure it bears repeating.
|1 year 5 weeks ago||Why does the blog refer to||
Why does the blog refer to PSU's recently departed DC as John Shoop when his name is Bob? I saw it the other day in something Ace or Seth posted (I think). I had been figuring it was a joke I wasn't getting, or maybe changing Bob to John because too many people confuse Bob Shoop with Bob Stoops? But...there is a John Shoop, and he coaches at Purdue (did? not sure if he was let go).
|1 year 6 weeks ago||9's a stripe||
9's a stripe. What the hell is going on here?
|1 year 8 weeks ago||I'll grant you the Google||
I'll grant you the Google thing, but there are almost certainly lots of people who know a great deal about college football who don't know who Detmer is. Anyone under 23 or so wasn't even born yet when Detmer was playing. I consider myself "old" and the bulk of his college playing days happened when I was in junior high.
|1 year 9 weeks ago||Must not be many people||
Must not be many people checking the board today. This deserves way more than 6 up votes.
|1 year 9 weeks ago||Interesting that the photos||
Interesting that the photos from the slideshow show him competing against a team in what look very much like Michigan uniforms AND a team in what look very much like FSU uniforms. Clever photo choices by the editors, or just a coincidence that the best photos they had are from games where he played against those two teams.
|1 year 9 weeks ago||I went to M's last two Rose||
I went to M's last two Rose Bowl games and for both of them I found people selling tickets for $20 at the stadium about an hour before kickoff. And of course one of those games was against USC! I think face value was $120. It totally blew my mind and has forever changed my approach to getting bowl game tickets.
Though with the Rose Bowl I guess it does take some serious confidence to show up with no tickets, given what a pain it is to get to the stadium on game day.
|1 year 9 weeks ago||Amen, brother. Amen.||
Amen, brother. Amen.
|1 year 9 weeks ago||Official measurements||
It hadn't occurred to me, but now that you mention it, it does seem like they are fewer and farther between. Interesting.
|1 year 11 weeks ago||Between Eastern and Michigan?||
Between Eastern and Michigan? That must be the shortest 16 miles on Earth.
|1 year 12 weeks ago||19-10||
|1 year 13 weeks ago||30-6||
|1 year 13 weeks ago||My word.||
|1 year 13 weeks ago||My word.||
|1 year 13 weeks ago||My word.||
|1 year 13 weeks ago||My word.||
|1 year 13 weeks ago||My word.||
|1 year 13 weeks ago||My word.||
|1 year 13 weeks ago||My word.||
|1 year 13 weeks ago||Anyone know what the||
Anyone know what the asterisks signify?
|1 year 14 weeks ago||45-17||
|1 year 14 weeks ago||It's actually an "IPL"||
Wolverine State specializes in lagers. They call their Gulo Gulo an "India Pale Lager."
Just an FYI.
|1 year 15 weeks ago||48-0||
|1 year 16 weeks ago||31-6 (was beat to 24-3)||
(was beat to 24-3)
|1 year 16 weeks ago||24-3||
|1 year 17 weeks ago||And its owned and run by alums!||
Husband and wife both have degrees from Michigan.
(and no, I'm not one of them)
|1 year 17 weeks ago||What's the number under the||
What's the number under the position? I was going along assuming it was the approximate number the team would want to take at that position, but then got to CB and was like, we're going to take 8 corners? That can't be right.
|1 year 17 weeks ago||Yes||
Last Saturday. Call a(nother) timeout (or take a delay of game penalty), and make sure everyone is calm, have a conversation with the long snapper (not going to bother looking up how to spell his name right now) and Blake--take extra care here, and if it goes bad fall on the ball.
Oh man. Now I'm upset all over again.
|1 year 17 weeks ago||MSU's fake punt?||
I thought there was a hold on an M defender (23? the youngest Glasgow? did they burn his redshirt?) who was chasing down the punter (a second or two before Morgan stopped him). Didn't matter much (just a few yards of field position), but if Morgan didn't stop the punter just short it could've been huge. Any one else see that? I can't replay it because I deleted my recording in lieu of setting my DVR on fire.
|1 year 18 weeks ago||31-6||
|1 year 18 weeks ago||177 - 0. Michigan wins, Marky||
177 - 0. Michigan wins, Marky Mark repeatedly vomits from the overwhelming shame.
|1 year 18 weeks ago||Solid charge though.||
Solid charge though.
|1 year 19 weeks ago||38-6||
|1 year 19 weeks ago||I'm not really complaining,||
I'm not really complaining, because you're doing God's work there, Seth, but I'm feeling like I didn't get Ace's full glory with the Happy Gilmore audio running in the background.
|1 year 20 weeks ago||It stopped, but came back with a vengence||
It had been happening to me a fair amount, but only occasionally, for a while, but then stopped a few weels ago maybe. Hadn't been a problem since. Until yesterday when it was unstoppable--redirected me every single time I tried to load the page. I eventually gave up and downloaded the app. Thanks for working on it!
|1 year 20 weeks ago||38 - 0 (M over the Ninjas) 24||
38 - 0 (M over the Ninjas)
24 - 3 (M over the Tamecats)
|1 year 20 weeks ago||38-0||
|1 year 21 weeks ago||38-24||
|1 year 22 weeks ago||62 - 6.||
62 - 6.
|1 year 23 weeks ago||No, your view over the people||
No, your view over the people on the field will be clear (except for maybe the first few feet from the sideline). Sitting in your seat you'll probably be a good 10 feet above the field.
[editted to remove something I got wrong about the order of the rows]
|1 year 23 weeks ago||34-13||
|1 year 24 weeks ago||24-16 Michigan. Go Blue.||
24-16 Michigan. Go Blue.
|1 year 27 weeks ago||IMO||
My vote, based on a pretty quick review:
Best position groups:
QB: Seth, Brian
OL: Brian, Seth
DL: Brian, Adam/Ace
LB: Close to a four-way push
CB: Brian, Seth
S: Adam, Brian
WR/TE: Ace, Adam
RB: Brian, Seth
Specials: Brian, Seth
Tallied up: Brian has the top group in four of the nine catagories (not counting the push at LB). Everyone else has one top group. Brian is in the top two in seven of the nine groups (again, not counting LB), Seth is in five of the nine, Adam in three, Ace in two. Though not all groups are worth the same. IMO, QB and the lines are the three most important position groups.
While this was a much, much closer draft than previous years, Brian wins best team by a comfortable margin. Seth probably gets #2, despite not picking a starting d-lineman until the 17th round, which is pretty remarkable.
|1 year 27 weeks ago||Raiders really need to up||
Raiders really need to up their game if they want to maintain their repuation.
|1 year 27 weeks ago||Kirk Gibson, Magic, and||
Kirk Gibson, Magic, and Nicklaus. But they were all well out of school before I learned the power of hating rivals, so that's maybe cheating.
|1 year 29 weeks ago||You did make up some ground||
You did make up some ground in this round, though. I don't think it's just my Michigan homerism that leads me to think M. Cole and D. Morgan were both excellent picks at this point. Blows my mind Cole was still on the board--a strong tackle with versatilty to play anywhere on the line. But as far as your team goes, you don't have a single DL on your team other than Turay. Mattison would be very disappointed.
|1 year 29 weeks ago||Brian and Adam are running||
Brian and Adam are running away with this, IMO.
|1 year 30 weeks ago||(1) Michigan Football (2)||
(1) Michigan Football
(2) Michigan Basketball
(3) All other Michigan teams.
(4) USA National Teams in international events.
[huge, enormous, wide, long, gapping gap]
(8) [spot reserved for the Lakers should they ever get rid of Kobe and right the ship]
(9) [spot reserved for the Raiders should they ever get rid of the Davises and right the ship]
(10) through (9,999) All other teams except...
(10,000) The Celtics.
(10,001) The Red Sox.
(10,002) OSU Basketball.
(10,003) MSU Basketball.
(10,004) ND Football.
(10,005) MSU Football.
(10,006) OSU Football.
|1 year 30 weeks ago||Agreed||
Draftageddon is good times.
|1 year 31 weeks ago||That was actually interesting||
I'm among those that are very tired of apparel threads (so, yes, I don't click on most of them), but I actually enjoyed that article. Interesting bit of history about college athletics (the coaches used to get the contracts! wow).
I also really enjoyed the line about 1994 and OJ and Puck.
|1 year 31 weeks ago||They Give Little Notice||
I don't think they announced last year's event until the week before. Pretty sure it was the same short-notice situation two years ago. I don't know why they do it that way, but they do.
|1 year 36 weeks ago||Six||
|1 year 40 weeks ago||LOL||
|1 year 41 weeks ago||I thought I was 37||
I'm 38. But until about 10 seconds ago I thought I was 37. It's hard to remember when you're this old.
UMLS, JD, '06.
I won't read the freep, ever, no matter what. I don't view that as any loss though, as I subscribed for a week when I first got to A2 in 2003 and quickly realized it was the worst major-city newspaper I had ever read, which was really saying something. I also gave the Dolphin Puncher's book a terrible review on Amazon and feel no shame about it.
|1 year 42 weeks ago||In-n-Out||
This isn't even close, IMO. They are both good and both overrated (because there are groups of people who will insist that either is nothing short of mind-blowning, life-changing ambrosia--and while good, or maybe even very good, they aren't that). I think a lot of people who arrive in California have an expectations problem when it comes to In-n-Out. It isn't all it's cracked up to be. But you know what it is? Superior to Five Guys.
Living in Ann Arbor now, I'll take Elevation Burger over Five Guys any day of the week, every time, no question.
|1 year 43 weeks ago||We have a winner||
Given the "sole car" limitation, this is the obvious choice, IMO.
(In case the threading isn't clear, I'm referring to MGoAero's choice of an E63 wagon.)
|1 year 44 weeks ago||Don't be ridiculous, the||
Don't be ridiculous, the pants on the bottom are clearly black.
|1 year 46 weeks ago||As clear as an azure sky of||
As clear as an azure sky of deepest summer.
|1 year 48 weeks ago||Michigan||
To me, the question is beyond absurd.
|1 year 48 weeks ago||Can't really do it in a vacuum||
Picks would vary a great deal depending on what your opponent is doing.
Normally I'd say you take your QB first, but here it doesn't sound like we have a stand-out, so taking a QB before your opponent does is probably not much of an adavantage here (unlike picking Luck in 2010). I think that's true for RB and WR too on this team. Beliving that your O lives and dies by its OL, and your D by its middle, mine would look something like this (factoring in that it sounds like we have one stand-out TE):
(1) Cole, OT.
(2) Peppers, S (or Lewis, CB, if Peppers is gone).
(3) Butt, TE.
(4) Morgan, LB.
(5) Kugler, C (assuming, as I suspect, he's the only decent C we have right now).
(6) Henry, DT.
(7) Kalis, OG.
(8) Mone, DT.
(9) Mags, OT/OG.
(10) Ross, LB.
(11) Lewis, CB (or Countess, if Lewis is gone).
Of course I would insert one each at QB, RB, and WR (probably immediately) after my opponent took his. For QB I'd probably take Morris, Speight if Morris is gone. RB I'd probably take Smith, Green if Smith is gone. WR I'd take Darboh, Cole if Darboh is gone.
|1 year 49 weeks ago||Who are they calling addicts?||
Who are they calling addicts? I can stop anytime...
|2 years 3 weeks ago||Naturalist Ernest Thompson||
Naturalist Ernest Thompson Seton described the wolverine as "[A] tremendous character . . . a personality of unmeasured force, courage, and achievement so enveloped in a mist of legend, superstition, idolatry, fear, and hatred, that one scarcely knows how to begin or what to accept as fact. Picture a weasel--and most of us can do that, for we have met the little demon of destruction, that small atom of insensate courage, that symbol of slaughter, sleeplessness, and tireless, incredbile activity--picture that scrap of demoniac fury, multiply that mite by some fifty times, and you have the likenes of a wolverine."
|2 years 3 weeks ago||Fuck Lion||
I was thinking animal too. In the end, I'm going with a fuck lion.
|2 years 4 weeks ago||Very well played.||
Very well played.
|2 years 6 weeks ago||Congratulations and Go Blue!||
Congratulations and Go Blue!
|2 years 10 weeks ago||Superb||
Best board post I've seen here in a long time. A little surprised to see such Harbaugh passion coming from you, though, Coach.
|2 years 11 weeks ago||My recollection||
(1) Jim H. (2)/(3) Les M. or John H.
The rest in something of an order: Patterson, Peterson, Gruden, Cowher, Dungy, Fitzgerald, Ferentz, Edsall, Mullen.
|2 years 27 weeks ago||Brian wins||
There was a moment when I thought maybe Ace, but no. Brian wins, IMO.
|3 years 19 weeks ago||38-10, M wins||
38-10, M wins
|3 years 20 weeks ago||29-11||
29-11, M wins.
|3 years 23 weeks ago||29-11.||
|3 years 23 weeks ago||Famines aren't funny||
As usual, I enjoyed the post and appreciate your good work. But you'll have to excuse me as using this as the one opportunity to get this off my chest. The “Where was the ‘Luck of the Irish’ during the potato famine?” sign struck me as being in very poor taste. When I saw that I just thought, "Wow, way to make everyone watching Game Day think Michigan fans are just a bunch of dicks." And I'm a long way from being a sensitive PC cop.There were complicating factors to the potato famine, most importantly serious repression by the English, which make that kind of joke closer to "Where was the luck of the Jews during the Holocaust?" than something funny.
|3 years 25 weeks ago||Way too many posts to see||
Way too many posts to see what's been called already. So...40-3, M.
|4 years 24 weeks ago||I am a poor freezingly cold||
I am a poor freezingly cold soul
|4 years 24 weeks ago||He's much better||
Calling a blogger as good as Brian a journalist would be an insult to Brian.
|4 years 25 weeks ago||Darrell Funk is tall.||
Darrell Funk is tall.
|4 years 26 weeks ago||Wilson's looked good||
As a resident of western Washington I do my best to care about the Seahawks (I don't always succeed). I've watched every Seahawks preseason game and Wilson has looked real good. But I'll be surprised if Flynn isn't the starter once the season starts.
|4 years 26 weeks ago||Two comments||
Pretty sure they didn't have an 11-1 season. I think it was officially 0-12.
|4 years 27 weeks ago||I like it||
But it has exposed Ace as a Michigan-hating troll/mole. It took until, what, like the 18th round for him to draft a Wolverine, and he only took Campbell because he had to take a NT and all the others were taken. And he ripped on Heiko (or Seth) for drafting Barnum, who is awesome.
|4 years 27 weeks ago||Love Subarus||
We have an '08 Forester XT and it is simply amazing in the snow. I also have a 4x4 F-150 and when there's a ton of snow on the ground I'll take the Forester over the truck--absolutely no question. The Subaru is just about unstoppable.
|4 years 34 weeks ago||That is the greatest GIF of all time||
My favorite by a mile.
|4 years 36 weeks ago||That's a different issue||
The school stopped retiring numbers a long time ago.
|4 years 36 weeks ago||Either she's tiny or Fullers standing up-slope||
Fuller is supposedly 5-11. Kenney is supposedly 5-4. Not sure what's going on here, but she sure looks quite a bit more than 7 inches shorter than he is. She should go to the Doug Karsch school of making-yourself-look-very-tall-during-interviews.
|4 years 43 weeks ago||Never stayed in Pasadena||
I've been to a few Rose Bowls and never stayed anywhere near Pasadena.
Also: Eugene and its surrounding towns have hotels. I went to the Oregon v ASU game last year and we got a room about 4 miles from the stadium without much trouble.
|4 years 47 weeks ago||Absolutely||
I'm practically floating with euphoria right now. That is hands-down the funniest thing I have seen in a long, long time.
|4 years 49 weeks ago||Have someone else to help||
My son's first game was when he was 11 months (unless you count the game when my wife was 8.5 months pregnant), 2009 ND (Mathews caught the gsme winner about 12 feet from my face). His second game he was 23 months, 2010 UCONN. Both games he fell asleep and both games my wife took him out of the bowl to sit in the shade. That was vital. I wouldn't recommend it unless you have an understanding spouse or relative who wouldn't mind taking the kid out of the stands for long stretches.
They were great photo ops, and in both games all the surrounding fans were great and seemed to think it was cool--a lot of "good for you for starting him young" comments.
Do not forget that kids need a ticket no matter how young.
|5 years 1 day ago||It depends where you're going||
I lived there for 3 years and I can tell you there are certain routes (very popular ones, obviously) where the traffic is worse than it is in LA. There are routes where there is surprisingly little traffic, but there are some that are just a total nightmare. It all depends on where you are staying and where you are going.
That said, it doesn't come close to Chicago. I did three years there and that is the worst traffic I have ever experienced, easily worse than LA and the Bay Area, two other places I've lived and are notorious for bad traffic.
|5 years 1 day ago||Total concurrence||
I lived there for 3 years and was happy to leave and never plan on moving back. Though I also got sick of the weather, which most people have a hard time understanding.
|5 years 1 day ago||It's existance is debatable||
My wife firmly argues that the existance of Delaware is a fiction. My counter-argument that I have actually been there does not dissuade her.
|5 years 2 days ago||Of course||
I work with a bunch of fisheries managers and biologists. It's a very heavy science field with a lot of biology, chemistry, hydrology, etc. It isn't "fishing."
|5 years 5 days ago||TWSS||
"and it's time to ride the hot guy."
Sorry. What can I say, it's Friday night.
|5 years 1 week ago||Sponsored by PNC Bank||
"The 2012 Mott Spring Football Scrimmage sponsored by PNC Bank"
Is corporate sponsorship of the Spring Game a new thing?
|5 years 2 weeks ago||And think if the English did it.||
I agree with just about everything you said. I also like to point out when the "what about ND?" argument gets made during discussions of Native mascots (which I find mind-bogglingly ignorant/dumb), that if a university in England opened many years ago (or just about any other time) and called themselves the Fighting Irish and had a crazed drunken leprechan mascot, the Irish (as in people from Ireland) would be *pisssed*. The difference between ND and North Dakota/Illinois is profound and significant. Apples to Oranges, my Maize and Blue friends.
|5 years 2 weeks ago||2009, I think||
The bulk of the action takes place during Y.D.A.U, which I believe works out to 2009.
Good luck with the book! The first few hundred pages were occasionally a grind for me, but by the end I had fallen in love.
|5 years 2 weeks ago||"That kid is serious about academics"||
I read that statement as a conclusion based on his selection of Northwestern over Stanford (and Vandy). I don't think that statement follows. At all. NW is a good school, but my guess is that quite a bit more than half of all knowledgable respondents would say that Stanford is a better academic school than NW.
For the recond, I have family that have attended both, and I don't particularly care for either school--i.e., I'm not a Stanford homer.
|5 years 3 weeks ago||But...||
But what does Bret think about it?
|5 years 3 weeks ago||And not just that you should||
And not just that you should but that you need to.
|5 years 4 weeks ago||Event Horizon||
"and the unexpected drunkenness lead to me call Comcast to order Showtime to catch the last 2/3 of Event Horizon."
Funniest thing I've read in a while. I can totally relate, and I agree about subsequent viewings of Event Horizon. My most recent viewing left me wondering why I had thought it was the ultimate horror movie for some time (it's still good, it just isn't quite the epic masterpiece I used to think it was).
|5 years 4 weeks ago||My HS used "On Wisconsin" too||
I was in the band, so I've played On Wisconsin hundreds of times--it is burned into my brain. Which means everytime M plays Wisconsin I have to self-flagellate everytime I unconsciously start to sing or hum along to Wisconsin's songs, which is not infrequently. I went to high school in southern California, so the Wisconsin thing is curious.
ND's is definitely catchy too. So is that ubiquitous USC riff (not that whole song, just the part they play a million times a game). I don't like either of them, but the are catchy.
|5 years 7 weeks ago||Boo boo||
He had a little but of a boo boo.
|5 years 7 weeks ago||ARGH! ANGAR!!!||
I completely agree. Screwed me in my bowl pool too. Not to mention I hate it when Sparties are happy.
|5 years 9 weeks ago||I just like saying Adidas||
I go back and forth between saying it like Beavis and then like the Terminator.
Adi-das. aDEE...DAS. Adidas. Yeah. Adidas.
|5 years 9 weeks ago||Argument's over||
Everybody listen to this dude--he graduated magna, bitches.
|5 years 10 weeks ago||Scattered||
I was there and we were seated with a few other M fans oterhwise surrounded by Texas fans. Not sure why since I bought the tickets directly from the Michigan Athletic Department. There were M fans scattered throughout. We were a minority, but not to a massive degree.
|5 years 10 weeks ago||Good cannibal - bad cannibal||
Did not see that quip coming. Top notch!
|5 years 10 weeks ago||So awesome I don't even know||
So awesome I don't even know what to say (except for this).
|5 years 10 weeks ago||He had me at Greg Mattison.||
He had me at Greg Mattison.
|5 years 10 weeks ago||Aww, man!||
I had managed to block those "throwback" jerseys from my memory. Now I'm going to have to start working on that again.
They would've been OK if they had just left off the shoulder stripes. I think.
|5 years 10 weeks ago||I'm in too||
Thanks for setting it up.
|5 years 10 weeks ago||So awesome||
That triggered an uncontrollable and very hearty LOL from me. Genius.
|5 years 12 weeks ago||EWU||
Hey, Eastern Washington is a pretty good football team. You probably shouldn't insult them like that, tying them to tsio.
|5 years 13 weeks ago||Young.||
Not even close in my mind. As others have said, Tebow's career numbers are better, but take each at their prime and I'd *much* rather face Tebow.
|5 years 14 weeks ago||Tremendous||
Now there's a guy who gets it!
|5 years 14 weeks ago||SEC Championship?||
I assume you mean the SEC champ game, not the BCS. All of this went down in early December, right? RR was hired a week before Christmas, or thereabouts, right?
|5 years 14 weeks ago||Missed holds||
I'm not going to complain about the refs too much (hey, who cares? we won!), but since you had a little section about it there were a couple of huge holds that didn't get called, including one on Heininger where he was nearly pulled off his cleats from behind (by the jersey, I believe) possibly preventing yet another sack (I think the play ended up being an incomplete pass, so it could've been worse).
|5 years 14 weeks ago||Class of 2013 receiver||
6'3", from Crete Illinois. For those who needed a refresher.
|5 years 14 weeks ago||Hey Texas A&M...||
|5 years 15 weeks ago||Add me to this bandwagon||
M = high 30s
Iowa = high teens
|5 years 15 weeks ago||ARGH!||
<Shakes fist at Wisconsin and Texas schools>
(edit: put this in the wrong place--oops)
|5 years 15 weeks ago||Scarlett letter?||
I didn't realize that was a joke. I thought maybe he was just showing us he's not ashamed of what he likes.
|5 years 16 weeks ago||Are you guys buddys?||
If so, that's cool. Otherwise, I'll say I always find it extremely strange when someone posting on a board tells someone else what to do. "Stop comparing Rodriguez to Hoke. It's a pointless exercise." Not something like, "Please stop...," "Maybe you should stop...," "I find it pointless to compare Rodriguez to Hoke," or whatever.
"Rich Rodriguez doesn't coach Michigan anymore, so we don't need to talk about him." Yes, that's true. But then we don't really need to talk about anything, do we?
|5 years 17 weeks ago||Really?||
Didn't surprise me. Brian's been saying since at least the bowl loss that RR needed to go. Saying he's glad he's not here doesn't conflict with also wishing it had worked out, both sentiments are things Brian feels, I believe.
|5 years 17 weeks ago||All of them||
My dad and his friends are all in their mid 60s and early 70s and all of them are perfectly capable smart phone users. Someone in a job like Martin's is even more likely to know how to work a cell phone.
|5 years 17 weeks ago||Millen's always been a thug||
He was a super thug when he was on the Raiders, and from what I've read he was a thug and a frequent fighter at Penn State and in high school too.
|5 years 18 weeks ago||I've seen it in Seattle||
...maybe 4 years ago. I've since assumed it isn't unique, perhaps even somewhat widely used. Like the "why lie - I need a beer" signs--I've seen those in many different cities.
|5 years 18 weeks ago||Rockin' avatar||
I've thought this several times but have never posted it: your avatar is totally awesome.
|5 years 18 weeks ago||And it would still be wrong||
Yes, Borges is *vastly* more qualified to call the plays than anyone on this board. But that does not mean--not even close--that he doesn't make mistakes that a well-informed and relatively knowledgeable fan can recognize and note the error. This is true for most specialists--experts are not always right and novices are not always incapable of figuring that out.
|5 years 18 weeks ago||*||
Since you Photoshopped the NCAA '04 screen shot to correct the series standings, maybe you should go back and put a * next to the '01 score. You know, just for fun, not 'cause we're bitter or anything.
|5 years 18 weeks ago||Damn it, Brian||
The only reason I didn't pick Michigan as my unranked team is because I was easily shamed out of it by Brian's snarky comment. Now I'm stuck with Texas.
Oh well, its the end results that matter, right?
|5 years 19 weeks ago||#2||
I know many people who think the answer to your second question is a big yes. I sometimes tend to think so too. What it takes to win the Big Ten is going to hurt you, to some extent, when you play certain teams from other conferences. I have never seen a detailed analysis of this, but I do know a lot of people who suspect it is true.
|5 years 19 weeks ago||ND game is much bigger||
...outside of Michigan, at least. ND v M is going to get a big national audiance every year. I wouldn't be surprised to see MSU v M relegated to BTN if either team is not doing very well.
|5 years 19 weeks ago||Kool Kids||
You nailed it. There's a group of guys who are too cool to care, and they really go out of their way to let us all know that we shouldn't care either because doing so isn't cool, and they know it and we don't.
|5 years 19 weeks ago||I'm with Section 1 on this one||
Yes, at some point it becomes pathetic to continue to obsess over something like this. But I read just about every post on the board and I don't think Section 1 is as bad about this as many of you seem to think. If you think it's too much, that's certainly your right. But to complain about this one is just crazy to me. We have major new information about the Jihad from a source pretty much universally considered as solid as it gets. Writing about it and commenting now strikes me as perfectly appropriate. Now, if no new info comes out and years from now Section 1 is still obsessing over it, I'd then think maybe the "I hope you're seeking professional help' comments would be justified.
I do think this attitude is largely linked to the common stance of many people today of disaffected irony, a belief that caring that strongly about something is just too uncool (this is discussed a bit above). I can't write about it at length right now. Why do you all care? Don't click the link if you don't want to read it--it tells you right there who wrote it. But you do click it. You click it to come in and tell someone he needs mental help because he actually cares about an injustice enough to want to share his feelings when there is new info, new stuff to talk about. Why? Why do you click it? You purposefully read his diary just to give him shit about it. If there's something on the board indicative of maybe a need to seek "mental help," it's that.
|5 years 19 weeks ago||Yep, gonna go for it on 3rd down!||
That was my favorite derp by the crew, by far.
|5 years 19 weeks ago||Toughness||
He's got to be one tough S.O.B. with a name like that, like the boy named Sue. Right up Hoke's alley.
|5 years 20 weeks ago||I would think so||
I would think so, given that a hoe is a garden tool.
|5 years 20 weeks ago||No||
The more you know: http://www.lpaonline.org/mc/page.do?sitePageId=84634
Midget is considered offensive by many because, according to the link, it originally was used to refer to only little people who were displayed for amusement (circus midgets, etc).
And FYI, what people call a midget is actually a still a dwarf. Lots of people seem to think there is a difference, but there isn't--what people often think of as a midget is just a "proportional" dwarf.
Dwarf, little person, "LP," and "person of short stature" are the less offensive terms.
I know this because I had a friend in high school who was the only member of his family who wasn't a dwarf and he once mentioned to me that he was going away for a long weekend to go to an LPA conference. I asked what LPA was and he said "Little People of America" and I erupted in laughter, thinking he was joking. After he told me it wasn't a joke, I tried to pry my foot out of my mouth and vowed to try to learn something about it.
|5 years 20 weeks ago||Sometimes "rabid" fans do leave||
Not to state the obvious, but sometimes some hardcore fans do leave for good. They certainly sometimes back away and become less involved (go to fewer games, buy less stuff). Is Brian going to become a Buckeye? No. Am I? No. I like to think that nothing would reduce my Michigan loyalty, but I can't be sure. I was a die-hard RR supporter until the end (and now I'm all about the HOKEAMANIA), but I had plenty of friends who were relatively serious M fans who became much less inclined to go to a game during these last three years.
You say: "Here, the fans are not customers because their brand loyalty is basically certain." But that's not true. I don't have any real data, but I'll guess that maybe 20% of the fan base is so loyal that almost nothing could change that (and I think that may be a little high). The bottom 20% or so are so fickle they will switch teams after a down year or two. That leaves 60% in the middle, between bleeding maize and blue and being a bandwagoner.
It seems to me that the players are the customers when it comes to recruiting and quality of life in school. So the quality of your facilities and coaches, and the plushness of your players' lounge and locker rooms, is stuff you're directing at the player as customer. The stadium experience is mostly for the fans, and only a little bit for the players. Anyway. This all seems obvious to me so I'm probably not adding much of value here.
I'll close with a story about a once die-hard fan of a team who not only stopped rooting for that team, but switched to their biggest rival: I have a friend who was a real Yankee fan, had been from about the age of ten. He stuck by them for about a decade and a half, including a long stretch when they seemed to be perpetually in 4th place. But then they lost in the playoffs to the Angels (early 2000s, don't recall the exact year). My friend lived in Orange County and hated the Angels more than he liked any team. I'm sure there were little things here and there that had weakened his Yankee fandom prior to that fateful day, but losing to the Angels was the final straw. (I swear this is true) Immediately after the final game of the series ended and the Yanks were eliminated, my friend got off the couch, walked out of his living room onto his back patio, threw his Yankees hat on the concrete, pulled out his unit, pissed on the hat, went in the garage, came back out with a gas can, dumped fuel all over the hat, and lit it on fire. He's been a Red Sox fan ever since.
|5 years 20 weeks ago||Harsh||
That sentence is definitely not the best way of making the point, but I wouldn't say it makes him sound stupid. I more or less just zoomed on by it with just a minor hitch in my giddy-up, disregarding it as an inelegant line from someone who has to prepare a fair amount of copy in a short period of time. I'd probably do it like this:
"As for the running game: Northwestern mostly had success defending the run, but they showed some susceptibility against the zone read." For colon haters, you could just make the "running game" bit a section caption or something. Another alternate that I like less would be to leave it as it is and just delete "the run."
|5 years 20 weeks ago||Never||
Awesome job as usual, but please note Sweet Caroline is never called for.
|5 years 20 weeks ago||T-Wolf||
Pretty sure he has a facial "mask" on. Presumably applied by his girlfriend.
|5 years 20 weeks ago||Yes, Cancer joke not cool||
Not the worst thing on the internet, for sure, but a little cringe inducing. But, if that kid actually does have cancer, well then, Brian, you are going to hell (not really, but totally uncool).
Loved the opening segment. Genius. man, genius.
Brian: If you ever want to do me a favor, please stop adding -st to among. Are you English or something?
|5 years 20 weeks ago||Well, since you asked||
|5 years 20 weeks ago||"Filthy"||
Yeah, I thought that was extremely odd. Oh BTN, I both love you and hate you so much.
Nice work ST3--I appreciate it.
|5 years 20 weeks ago||Sweet||
I really dig this feature. Thanks for the work.
Also: I love how Molk manhandles his guy.
|5 years 21 weeks ago||Yes...but with a twist||
It is occasionally overwhelming for me, but overwhelming in a good way. I think it is just about all very good. The only stuff I don't read super-closely is the reports of how current recruits are performing in their highschool games--there are just way too many variables in those results for me to find any real value in them.
And I love Heiko. I haven't bothered to post anything about it yet, but if you're reading this, Brian, Heiko is gold. (Not that I dislike Ace, but I think the learning curve for his job requires a fair amount of time before it really pays off).
|5 years 22 weeks ago||Thanks||
I like it. I have two comments: (1) It might be nice to have the players numbers listed next to their name on the two-deep (I realize you can cross-reference to the roster, but adding #s to the two-deep should be pretty easy and I think might make it a tad easier to use); and (2) maybe put the start time after the date in the future games section.
Either way. I'm not complaining. Thanks again.
|5 years 22 weeks ago||Come on, Brian||
You had to look up who did "I can't fight this feeling"? At your age? You are either much cooler or much less cool than I assumed.
|5 years 22 weeks ago||Title fail||
Your title implies this is a done deal. You deserve a serious neg-bang.
|5 years 22 weeks ago||What?||
I'm not sure at what point in the game you posted that, but I don't think it was true at any point. They scored 6 points? I spent the entire game thinking, damn, LSU's D is f-ing awesome.
|5 years 22 weeks ago||Agreed||
It looked to me like he was held pretty egregiously on the play where Brian hit him with a -2 (after the guard(?) released, it looked like the remaining blocker wrapped an arm around his neck).
|5 years 23 weeks ago||This one||
|5 years 23 weeks ago||Gah||
Me too, man, me too. I've been down on Georgia for years (when some were projecting them to go to the championship game in 2008, I correctly thought that was...umm...crazy). I blame Phil Steele for talking me into picking them this year. I should've trusted my instincts. But we have a lot of games left--maybe they'll turn it around.
|5 years 23 weeks ago||I was going to post the exact same thing||
|5 years 23 weeks ago||Very nice||
Very well done, BlueSeoul. You're very good at this.
|5 years 23 weeks ago||Clearly OT||
I swear I've never been the guy who complains about lack of an OT flag, but this is OT. I'm guessing plenty of people who read the blog have no idea who Fister is.
I'm glad I opened the thread though, because I very much enjoyed the Beavis comment.
|5 years 25 weeks ago||Shipping costs are a killer||
I posted a similar comment on Brian's front page post where he mentioned this, but I'll put it here too since it's on point. I'd love to support this since I previously was lobbying for MGoShirts in kid sizes, but it's just way too expensive. A toddler shirt is $20, which I could live with if shipping (for one shirt) wasn't an additional $14. $34 for one toddler shirt is just not something I can justify, no matter how much I want to get my son a "Cue the Muppets" shirt.
|5 years 25 weeks ago||Or maybe jibes? Thought I||
Or maybe jibes?
Though I do speak jive.
|5 years 25 weeks ago||And the shipping!||
$20 is way steep for a toddler shirt but I was going to buy one anyway because I'd love to get my son a "Cue the Muppets" shirt, but the shipping is $14 on top of that! No way can I justify dropping $34 for a t-shirt for a three year old.
|5 years 25 weeks ago||Beat to it||
But here's a link if you want to read the thread: http://mgoblog.com/mgoboard/um-clothing-news-wrong-reason
|5 years 26 weeks ago||Long shorts are so last decade||
Add style trend setter to Brady Hoke's many accomplishments.
|5 years 26 weeks ago||Me too||
I grew up in LA and a Raiders fan. My attachment to the team dropped quickly after Gruden left and Al Davis became even crazier than he already was. This is probably the last straw--my ever more tenuous Raiders attachment is now on life support with very little chance of recovery.
|5 years 26 weeks ago||Stop and Stop||
Or as I like to call it, a "stop and stop" letter.
|5 years 27 weeks ago||22's expression in that pic||
22's expression in that pic is fantastic. He's all like, Whoa dude, what the F*CK!
|5 years 27 weeks ago||20 = 37ish||
A kick from the 20 is about a 37 yarder. I'd be quite pleased with 75% from 37 yards. Adam Vinatieri is 83.6% on 30-39 yard kicks (career average), with a season or two well below 70% from that range. So...Adam Vinatieri isn't acceptable?
|5 years 27 weeks ago||Poorly done||
That was the first thing I've read on Grantland and I considered it very poorly written. Given the big names associated with the site I assumed they would've surrounded themselves with better talent.
I do hope Henne achieves success. If Miami doesn't have he system or the patience, then maybe somewhere else.
|5 years 27 weeks ago||Nice||
The thread title made me think of that old joke about "military intelligence."
|5 years 27 weeks ago||Roots?||
Just FYI, not to be a dick or anything.
|5 years 27 weeks ago||True||
You could always give it a shot. Seems like the most they'd do is cancel the order and tell you they can't do it.
|5 years 27 weeks ago||I'm pretty sure there was a||
I'm pretty sure there was a post on the board a while back where someone said he ordered a jersey with a past player's name and number from M-Den even though the website said they wouldn't do it and it showed up with no problem. My guess is they put the notice there to discourage the practice but are probably to busy to bother reviewing every custom jersey order.
|5 years 28 weeks ago||Yep||
That's what they were saying last night on Sports Center. He's *currently* listed as not eligible but that could change before the supplemental draft.
|5 years 29 weeks ago||Pride is a sin, humility a virtue||
Arrogance is a vice, and an ugly one at that. As someone else said above, the distinction between confidence and arrogance is important. As a Michigan fan and alum I like to think I'm confident and not the least bit afraid to explain why, as well as being very happy and feeling truly blessed. But nothing justifies arrogance.
And it was Hoke who droped the A word, and I think that was a bad move. I wouldn't really put this on the Star Tribune as getting all upset about it or anything (as it seems some people are doing). I love coach Hoke, I bought my Hokeamania! t-shirt shortly after the Mattison hire and have just been happier and happier ever since thanks to the recruiting and the pointing and all the sunshine and rainbows and such. But I do think he should maybe back away from the arrogance, or at least consider a symantic shift toward confidence or something similar. I think it would help too if instead of just saying "We're Michigan" you add what that means. Why do you think recruits are still interested in the school after a few bad years? Because we're Michigan, the winningest program of all time, steeped in tradition, the home of the biggest stadium in the country, a superb educational institution, the home of Woodson and Howard and Harmon and Brady (etc, etc), etc, etc, etc. That's not arogant, that's the truth, those are the facts. Why wouldn't they want to come? Anyway...
|5 years 29 weeks ago||Raiders and now (kind of) the Seahawks||
Raised in LA when the Raiders were still there (I hated the Rams) so that childhood fandom still lingers. It was pretty easy to like them when Woodson was on the team, and when Gruden was coaching. It's gotten harder and harder to stick with them though as Al Davis gets crazier and crazier (and when the starting point is already crazy, that's some super crazy) and the team gets more and more poorly managed.
I've always tried to sort of pull for the home team too, and now that I live in western Washington I try to follow the 'hawks and am warming up to them. I had awesome seats for the playoff game when Romo botched the snap--that was a good time.
I'm a big Brady and Space Emperor fan, so a big part of me likes to see them do well, even though I generally hate all teams from Boston.
|5 years 29 weeks ago||3:30 start = you are probably screwed||
I hope I'm wrong, for your sake, but that's my guess. Getting out of Ann Arbor immediately after a game is often a slow and very frustrating process. I think you're probably looking at at least two hours, possibly more if you really get stuck in Ann Arbor. Add that to the fact I've been to plenty of 3:30 start games that went until around 7:30, you're liekly going to be parked a decent distance away (unless you pony up or have a connection), and you're going to miss some of the show, possibly a good part of it. That is unless they have a bunch of opening acts and don't get started until pretty late.
Leaving the game early would help, but I'd never suggest leaving a game early. Also, a motorcycle and high tolerance for risk would help tremendously in getting to the show at a reasonable time.
|5 years 29 weeks ago||CSU||
It's actually CSU Stanislaus, which is in Stanislaus county. The CSU schools (California State University) are the lower-level four year state universities (though San Luis Obispo, aka "Cal Poly" has a pretty good reputation), whereas the UC schools (University of California) are the top-level schools. There are 23 CSU campuses (which include San Diego State and San Francisco State, even though they buck the "CSU-[name of location]" naming system). There are 10 UC campuses. And there are more than 100 community colleges. The California public university system is gigantic.
I've never been to CSU Stanislaus, but CSU Chico was consdiered a pretty serious party school during my college years (which were not spent at Chico, but I did make a trip or two up there).
|5 years 29 weeks ago||Oregon too||
For the same reason: they are just a blast to watch. And a good friend went to law school there so I can BS with him about their games. But there was absolutely nothing about that 2007 game that I enjoyed or can even recall without crashing into extreme despair.
|5 years 29 weeks ago||Definitely overrated||
BTB is definitely way overrated by many people. As someone raised in California, I was really excited when it opened after hearing that the owners had come back from living in California (or were originally from California?) to open a burrito shop and bring good burritos to Ann Arbor. Man, was I disappointed. BTB wouldn't stand a chance in any of the towns in California I've lived in. BTB would almost certainly would be the worst burrito shop in all of late '90s Santa Cruz if they traveled back in time and relocated there (it's been awhile since I've been back to Santa Cruz so I can't speak to the burrito situation there now). Everytime my classmates raved about BTB I winced a little.
That said it's moderately better than Chipotle (at least it was in 2006 when I last ate there). Chipotle is decent, but it is still a mega-chain (run by McDonald's for eight years) and is thus correspondingly bland. Qdoba and Pancheros are about the same. I did used to enjoy Pancheros on occasion until I got into a screaming match with the manager that was entirely not my fault--haven't been back since.
A quick edit to say: I'm not bashing the food in Ann Arbor. I love Ann Arbor and if the right job came along I'd move back in a second. But mexican is not the town's strong suit. The middle-eastern and Indian food in A2 is better than anywhere else I've lived, for sure.
|5 years 30 weeks ago||Tattoo contest||
The content of the story is happy news for those of us enjoying the OSU debacle, but man, that's some bad writing. Apparently OSU players get "gold pants" if they beat Michigan for tattoos.
"The revelation came during an "informal" investigative meeting held by the school following a letter the university received from the U.S. Department of Justice on Dec. 9. The letter alerted the university that some players had traded their Big Ten championship rings, football jerseys and gold pants, a pendant that players receive from the University for beating Michigan for tattoos."
|5 years 31 weeks ago||TomVH||
Also according to the great source TomVH: http://mgoblog.com/diaries/tomvh-big-house-bbq-visitors
(Ah, beat to the punch while typing. Also, ditto the "not to be a dick" thing.)
|5 years 31 weeks ago||Worth it, for me||
I'm about halfway through and am enjoying it as usual. But I'm someone who will grasp for just about anything about Michigan football, as long as it is done relatively well.
Brian's stuff, which is a good chunk of the first 30 or so pages, is not going to be "news" to readers of the blog (you'll hear many of the same comments and ideas and see some of the same graphs, etc). But what can we expect? If he's got something great, he's not going to not mention it on the blog.
The rest of the stuff is mostly written by other people, and so far that's been pretty good, and history suggests the rest of it will be pretty good too. Totally worth $15 or whatever, but then I'm dying for anything Michigan right now.
|5 years 32 weeks ago||Keep trying||
Go ahead and book something somewhere else, if you can cancel without penalty. But if it were me, I'd keep trying in Ann Arbor all the way up to the day before the game. I have always (yes always) been able to find a room in Ann Arbor on relatively short notice, even for monster games like ND and OSU. In 2009 I got my ND room the week before the game. Last year I got my MSU room the week of the game. Stuff opens up. Just keep checking and be thorough (when I got my '09 ND room Expedia said there was nothing available but Travelocity had rooms; when I got my '10 MSU room things weren't looking good on the travel sites but I got something directly from Holiday Inn).