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|27 weeks 3 days ago||Honestly, I can't believe||
Honestly, I can't believe this thread isn't locked. Like five people discussing music, the rest making personal attacks on a guy they've never met because he rubs them the wrong way.
Kanye West has a weird personality. He may have some sort of mental illness, I don't know. "Fuck him and his cunt wife," is an inappropriate thing to say to anyone. I've never understood peoples desire to feel better about themselves by shitting on someone who is different than them. That's just messed up.
As far as I'm aware, Kanye has never committed any crimes other than making music and being weird in the public spotlight. Even still, you can separate art from the artist. John Lennon beat his wife. Martin Heidegger was probably a nazi. Mel Gibson is an anti-semite. Kramer from Seinfeld is a racist. I still listen to the Beatles, read philosophy, watch Braveheart when its on TV, and enjoyed Seinfelder. A lot of famous artists have done a lot worse than "being weird and arrogant" and we still give them a lot of slack. But Kanye makes people feel uncomfortable to the point where they wish he was dead?
If you're an adult posting the kind of inflammatory things that are going on in this thread, I would seriously urge you to reconsider why you think what you do.
|27 weeks 3 days ago||Thanks for your||
Thanks for your time-traveling insights.
|27 weeks 3 days ago||I saw the Yeezus tour at the||
I saw the Yeezus tour at the palace and agreed-- absolutely incredible experience. One of the best concerts of any genre I've ever been to.
|27 weeks 3 days ago||I think its been easier for||
I think its been easier for me to relate to Kanye's lyrics because my life situation went along with his a little more. I was younger when his "fun" albums came out, then my father died not that long after his mother died, so that intense performance of "Hey Mama" at the 2008 Grammys and then his release of "Only One" really struck a chord with me in a very personal way.
So I definitely agree he has lost some of that hunger that made him special on his albums up to My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, I think I enjoyed his "darker" period more than most people because it coincided with a similar time in my life. But there's only so much you can make about that, and the newer, sadder rendition of Hey Mama, Only One, and Coldest Winter are really the highlights of that.
|27 weeks 3 days ago||MGoBlog is probably the wrong||
MGoBlog is probably the wrong demographic for this type of thread, heh.
That said, album is pretty great. Ultra Light Beams, FML, Waves, and Famous are all fantastic.
Ye has definitely fallen off as a lyricist post MBDTF, but the production and features are really good. Chance absolutely slays everything he's given, though I agree-- should have kept Sia and Vic on Wolves.
|1 year 12 weeks ago||I have a rather unusual name,||
I have a rather unusual name, with a reason behind it. My legal first name is just the letter "A," though luckily my parents were kind enough to make "Jay" my middle name-- so I go by A Jay in all circumstances.
The backstory: before I was born, my parents had a girl named Sarah Anne who died at 8 months due to congenital heart failure. Wanting to give me part of her name but not wanting to saddle their male child with "Sarah" or "Anne," I got her middle initial asmy first name. Actually pretty clever.
Outside of being occasionally confusing early on in life on official forms (I consider my first name to be A Jay, the government thinks of me as "A",) I can't say having a slightly odd moniker has been detrimental to my life at all.
|3 years 25 weeks ago||A&M has a wide and||
A&M has a wide and Internet-savvy fanbase, as well as the support of teams who hate us and Denard such as MSU, OSU, Illinoi (for some reason,) etc.
Looking at the comments, they've also got people who think they're voting for Manziel.
|3 years 36 weeks ago||Indeed. Boise State is||
Indeed. Boise State is essentially a 4 year community college.
In addition, any players who leave early for the NFL draft are going to count as not graduating. While it's commendable to stick it out 4 years and get a degree, I would have had a hard time turning down a few guaranteed million job offer when I was a junior in college.
|3 years 37 weeks ago||Patek, Fossil, tomato,||
Patek, Fossil, tomato, tomahto. What's a $20,000 difference between friends?
|3 years 40 weeks ago||When I was a student at||
When I was a student at Michigan, I saw 6 different starting quarterbacks.
Denard gave us back the consistency we had been missing for a few years. And he was pretty exciting to watch, too.
Thanks for sticking it out Denard.
|4 years 1 week ago||Good News||
News of him being able to move his extremities is good-- spinal injuries can be seriously life threatening. Regardless of football, we can be thankful that this isn't any worse than it is.
|4 years 10 weeks ago||I can't see the Cubs giving||
I can't see the Cubs giving up Barney for that lot.
|4 years 10 weeks ago||No. I love the idea of the||
I love the idea of the Legends jerseys, and I think the Legends jersey should be an accomplishment on par with having a number retired, I feel "un-retiring" a number, even with permission from the family, is going back on a bit of tradition that I would like to keep.
That said, I don't have a huge problem with it. It just strikes me as unnecessary.
|4 years 39 weeks ago||Please. This is far from an||
Please. This is far from an isolated incident and the boards dislike for the band is well documented. These threads show up at least once per season. Just take a look at OMG Shirtless' comment below. Everyone needs to come on here and be an expert on the stadium reaction to a show because the two people they were with didn't like it either.
As a former band member, it's at best annoying and at worst demoralizing to see something you put a huge amount of work into derided because it's not to the particular tastes of this board, which like it or not, is one of the most visible faces of Michigan football fandom on the Internet. Especially on a board which is so heavily regulated when it comes to shitting on student athletes.
I'm not saying you can't have a negative opinion about the band. But it seems unnecessary that the board has to have their regularly scheduled "Gosh the band sure is annoying and terrible huh?!" thread. Why is it that deriding student athletes at Michigan or other schools is so verboten here, but calling a bunch of 18-21 year old kids who have no real choice in what they're doing an embarrassment to the University is acceptable?
The cheerleaders, dance team and band all do this because they're Michigan traditions and they want to provide entertainment for the stadium. They don't get scholarships, (in fact, at least for the band, they pay for the privilege of being there in addition to paying the cost of the credits of the class. If you wanted to take a full 18 credits in addition to marching band, it would cost an in-state student around $1,000,) and they sacrifice a lot of time, and they work hard to provide part of Michigan Stadium atmosphere. If they do one show a year that doesn't tickle your fancy, maybe they've earned the right to a free pass now and then.
|4 years 39 weeks ago||This wasn't my favorite half||
This wasn't my favorite half time show ever either, but that doesn't mean I felt a need to come on MGoBlog and start up this hornets nest again. Every time the band tries something new or makes an obvious appeal to the student section everyone here gets up in arms about it, and every time we do boring traditional shows for a few games in a row everyone finds some other excuse to hate on the band.
You can enjoy marching band or not, but if all you do is slander it on the Internet you basically rubber stamp an approval on switching out the band for a piped in version of "The Victors." Hey, maybe we can get a t-shirt gun at half time instead, wielded by our new furry mascot? The band has been doing its thing for a lot longer than you've been alive, much less had an ill-informed opinion on what a halftime show should be like.
A lot of the students around me liked it. It was a tough show to put together I'm sure. All of you profess a profound disinterest in the band anyway when you aren't busy writing about how they're all pointless dorks, so why do you even care? It's not like we spend time out of our day talking about how you guys are all no-life middle-aged men with nothing better to do but obsess over stalking the Facebook posts of high school football players.
Look, the MMB isn't "for" the MGoBlog, football obsessed crowd. But for older people, young kids, and (for a few shows per year) the students, the MMB really generate a lot of stadium atmosphere and excitement. If you have some suggestions or concerns over the way the band works, send an email to Dr. Boerma or Dr. Haithcock, don't try and start some Internet circlejerk about how "these kids don't do things how I want!"
|4 years 46 weeks ago||I don't really get why||
I don't really get why everyone seems to adopt this stance about rap. I don't particularly love classic rock, but I don't make posts like "Oh, we're calling them the STONES now? Since when do THOSE GUYS deserve a nickname?" I can jam to "Beast of Burden" now and then and I respect them as musicians and artists. Why can't people afford rap the same dignity?
Whatever moniker Kanye chooses to go by, he's undeniably one of the best in the hip-hop game now. Kanye does unpredictable and exciting things with his beats and his albums, and Twisted Fantasy was a fantastic work that really delved into Kanye's feelings about himself, his career, and the music industry as he sees it.
Whether you like rap or not, saying things like this is just being a jerk.
|5 years 28 weeks ago||Just goes to show how RR||
Just goes to show how RR lacked family values-- Mallet would've stayed for the low price of 1 kidney.
|5 years 36 weeks ago||To be honest, I hope they do.||
To be honest, I hope they do. That or build a new library. Trying to find a space to study in the evenings around finals time is a fools errand if you don't have some obscure place in mind. You could easily do a circle around the Fishbowl, UGLi and Dude and not find a computer available.
|5 years 36 weeks ago||The Common App||
The Common Application has been around for a while (see: https://www.commonapp.org/CommonApp/Default.aspx) but at least when I was applying (I started here in Fall 2007,) UM wasn't one of the schools available on it. I guess they are now, so it makes sense that there would be a pretty big spike in admissions-- UM's application was long even in comparison to other top-tier institutions.
|5 years 36 weeks ago||Yeah, sorry about the||
Yeah, sorry about the non-energetic goal count video. The athletic department was pretty picky about what "looked okay" in the video, which meant the normal 'screaming really loud' method wasn't kosher, so by the time we got one that was "calm and clear" enough it felt a little awkward.
Oh well. At least I got to hang out on the screen at the Big House 5 times.
|5 years 39 weeks ago||Really?||
You really booed the band? Really? People who work hard to entertain you, and you're not a fan of the music choice, so you go out and BOO them?
Today was my last game in Michigan stadium as a marching band member. I have been, for the past 4 years, surrounded by bar none, the best fans in the stadium. I played the Victors at the end of The Horror. I stayed, clutching a freezing metal instrument, through not only all of Northwestern 2008, but after for postgame. I stand up the entire game, get loud for my team, and never, EVER boo our players. The people around me do the same. The Michigan Marching Band are the fans you all claim to be, and not because we have to-- we all chose to do this. We put in hours of work, get up at 6 AM on saturday mornings, and spend our entire fall working on making the stadium atmosphere at Michigan Stadium special. It's good to know that after 4 years of playing the Victors for you, of playing those halftime shows you loved, of playing as you sang the Yellow and Blue, of supporting our team when you left, that you booed me in my last appearance on that field.
You're an embarrassment to the fan base, and I sincerely hope you are not an alumni or student at this university, because it would embarrass me to have to call you a Michigan Man.