this guy evidently hired to work for AD
|2 years 12 weeks ago||More Norfleet Stalking||
Can we get a GIF of Norfleet stalking the goal line pre-kickoff? My wife characterized the look on his face as "caged lion". Can't wait for that guy to break one.
|2 years 50 weeks ago||posted from iPhone||
I'd like to see that embedded with the Muppets for special occasions.
|3 years 1 day ago||Those band kids sure know how to text||
Crusty!?! Take a look online if haven't actually been to the aquarium. It's a truly unique space still in very good condition. This $50,000, along with another grant they just won for fixing up the roof, would go a long way towards reopening of the tanks. If anything, my kids need something to do on rainy days. Think of the children!
As for it's worthiness, yes, those band kids sure know how to text. I've been following this for weeks now (and voting as much as I can), and the aquarium had been as high as 11, but the other groups are persistant, and we have fallen quite a bit.
MGoCommunity is a powerful presence on the web, and with great power comes great responsibilty. Let's do the responsible thing and beat those band kids! Please vote... often.
|3 years 2 days ago||History Lesson||
What do you mean "when"? Prior to Sparty's little win streak here, UM had there own. Except our streak was for six (6!) straight wins. Our only gift was Mike Hart's "Little Brother" comment in the wake of the 2007 game... a gift that keeps on giving.
|3 years 12 weeks ago||Key Play||
Something happened along the way with the key play. I remember being in college (94-98), and the keys only came out on offensive 3rd downs. Now, maybe people still pulled the keys out on defensive 3rd downs, but I never heard em because we were all screaming in the student section. In fact, I never knew people pulled the keys out on defense until years later. Dumb as hell to do it on defense. Maybe it used to work in the 40's or something.
They key play on offense is a whole other thing. I also remember at least one third down, (It was a big one... Brian Griese to Woodson kind of big one) where the whole student section had their keys out, but everybody was silent. All you could hear were thousands of keys rattling away. It was like being in a quiet casino. Pretty fantastic actually.
Am I mis-remembering here, or does anybody else share this memory?
|3 years 12 weeks ago||the Band||
Maybe this has already been noted in the comments, but I'd like to add that, while I don't want the band to be miked, they kind of have to be because they're not really much of a marching band when it comes down to it. (at least not in the get the kids off their seats kind of way that Neil Diamond seems to have mastered)
I don't know. The Victors is perfect. Let's Go Blue is great. And the Blues Brothers is fine I guess, but remember that it first came around because it was a really popular, fun song at the time, and the band had a great number for it. (remember when they used to pile up at the final chorus? I haven't seen them do that in a while) Can you imagine them playing the 2011 version of that song today? Not sure what it would be, but I think the Penn State band playing Seven Nation Army comes close. They need some new material to add to their repetoire if they're going to supplant the piped in crap.
|3 years 13 weeks ago||Was RR "All In" for Michigan?||
One the earliest criticisms of the hire was that RR was only using the Michigan job as a stepping stone to greater things. Was he? Did Bacon ever get the sense that RR did not want to coach at Michigan long term? If so, was that desire predetermined or did it come slowly, after he realized UM was not the right "fit" for him?
|3 years 17 weeks ago||Both were incredible||
Growing up, I assumed that over-the-top blocked field goals were the norm because of them. Tripp was a great kick returner, too.
My favorite player from childhood.
|3 years 48 weeks ago||Elvis to Desmond!||
Was that 4th quarter TD the first touchdown pass between these two as Wolverines?
|3 years 49 weeks ago||slight shift||
The slight shift from "know this" to "feel this" made me chuckle. Nobody knows nuttin.
|3 years 50 weeks ago||If Hoke = Missouri...||
At this point, I don't see Brandon as I did Martin during the coaching search of '07. (caught with his pants down while sailing the Carribean). No Brandon is to coaching search '11 as Delany is to Big Ten expansion '10.
|4 years 2 weeks ago||RR Player Support||
Anytime I've seen any of his players* (current or former, heh heh) quoted about Rodriguez, it's always in this very appreciative almost loving way. I think it's one of the things that has me pulling for RRod at Michigan. He seems to be a really genuine guy (and I did not think this of him at the beginning**) who brings in really genuine players. I hope he gets the chance to coach the team next year, and I really hope we kick some SEC butt on Jan 1.
* - This, of course, discounts the few grouches left over from Carr's last team as exceptions to the rule.
** - I'll admit, the Lion King references, the turtle neck at his first press conference, even this last bout with Josh Groban have always been a little too cringe worthy for my tastes, but it's growing on me. (Of course, none of this means anything on the football field)
- edited to remove gratuitous Harbaugh comments -
|4 years 2 weeks ago||Local Love||
Currently washing down Supino's pizza with Bells Christmas Ale. Plan to watch a G-rated movie with two kids afterwards.
Tis the season.
|4 years 4 weeks ago||An interesting question, hypothetically||
The unknown is how Rodriguez would have done at WVU if he'd stayed. I think it is reasonable to assume that, with Pat White and Slaton coming back, Rodriguez would've had a similar season to his near national championship team of 2007. It is also reasonable to assume that, with the weakening of the Big East since '07, his trend of 1 and 2 loss seasons would have continued as well. So the questions is: would you pick a coach with multiple 10+ win seasons in a row over a coach who has one 10 win season to his name? I have to go with Rodriguez on that one, based on resume alone. (although you can't really go wrong with either resume)
Of course, the other side of that equation would have been Carr's influence over the hire. If Carr finishes strong with a couple of Rose Bowl appearances, then he might have some more influence in the decision, and Harbaugh gets hired. If not, and his teams had fallen into mediocrity, it's possible the AD would have been looking for something new for the program. Vote for Rodriguez.
|4 years 8 weeks ago||Your comments on leather jacket wearing journalists are...||
He says so.
|4 years 13 weeks ago||He was afraid of getting a personal foul||
Quarterback faked running out of bounds. Mouton held up. (although the hit was probably worth the penalty) I had visions of Crable vs. Troy Smith on that one.
|4 years 14 weeks ago||I think...||
Door number 2.
|4 years 16 weeks ago||Albom and jihad||
Albom has been largely silent throughout the jihad. Is this why he was given access for the interview? I can't imagine Rosenberg et. al. getting it. Also, why wasn't Angelique or Wojo called to do the interview? It's not like Albom is known for doing at length interviews in print. He usually spins his talks into... well, Mateen Cleeves type stories. Seems like Rodriguez and the AD want the exposure of Albom for this article.
Also, is it just me, or does Rodriguez's talk about the empty cupboard in 2008 sting a little less than it has in the past? Less controversial and more matter of fact. Not that I've ever disagreed on this point, but the pill seems a bit easier to take now that Lloyd is officially retired from the program. Maybe time heals all wounds.
|4 years 16 weeks ago||Hand size coefficient||
Not sure how this affects the equation, but Tate's hands look HUGE in that picture compared against the other two.
Should we add a Hand Size Coefficient (Hf, Hr, Hg) to the equation? How would this affect playing time against a good pass defense (Hf = 0.95) vs. a good run defense (Hf = 0.90)? Would Tate be better on the sidelines in some circumstances?, where his tremendously sized hands could more effectively relay the play call? (Hf = 1.50) Or should we disregard this factor, and only consider brim position?
|4 years 16 weeks ago||My take as well||
And I agree that this is the compromise.
It seems to me that through all the double speak, one thing has been clear from the beginning: The Big Ten is using historic performance as an the primary indicator of conference alignment. If that is indeed the case, then of course Mich and OSU will be in separate divisions, because they are the two best teams, historically, in the conference. (Even when that formula only goes back to the addition of PSU)
Another thing, that I have only just now considered. In other conferences, your divisional record is based on your total conference W/L record, not just on your divisional W/L record, correct? If that's the case, then the outcome of The Game is still going to affect both teams chances of getting into the Conf. Championship game, right?
So for those two teams to play each other twice in a row, both teams would have to be at the top of their divisions, and still be able to sacrifice a loss en route to the championship game. When's the last time The Game followed that scenario - 2006? And how many of us were itching to get a rematch then?
|4 years 16 weeks ago||Memories are important things||
And perception is a tremendous part of how those memories are perceived.
David Brandon played football for Michigan in the early 1970's - prime time in the history of the Game, the Ten Year War, and really the defining moment of the rivalry. From 1968-1980, Michigan played Ohio State 11 times for the Rose Bowl, winner take all. (Bentley Historical - http://bentley.umich.edu/athdept/football/umosu/osumb10.htm) 11 times in 13 years?! That's an incredible statistic. One that is part of every Wolverine fan's DNA, and yet one that, at age 34, I was nowhere close to experiencing.
By 1980, I was 4 years old. By the time I was really following football in a significant way, it was the late 1980's and Bo only had a couple years left to coach. John Cooper was really the first Ohio State coach I saw in real time. As you might guess, my entire experience of Michigan football, even as a fan, is very different than David Brandon's.
Since 1980, the Game has been played for the Rose Bowl, winner take all, only 5 times. 5 times in 30 years. From 1935 - 1968, the Game was played for the Rose Bowl, winner take all, only 6 times. So, in the 64 seasons outside of the Ten Year War, the game has met the expectations of the Game exactly the number of times it did during that 13 year stretch. So, David Brandon experienced the Game in a very unique way during a very unique period in its history, and most of the rest of us are left to ponder those times from a distance.
Now, the rivalry hasn't exactly gone away. The 30 years since the Ten Year War has produced some great Games, and the rivalry, I think, has aged quite well. 17 times, the Game has had significant implications on the Big Ten champion and Rose Bowl. (again, Bentley Historical - http://bentley.umich.edu/athdept/football/umosu/osumb10.htm) This is the Game that I know - occasionally taking on a winner takes all persona, but much more likely to be an 'underdog ruins the season of the favorite' type thing. Again, think John Cooper.
What does this all mean for the future of the Game? Probably not much. Jim Delany is going to do what he wants. David Brandon may be towing that line, or he may actually be expressing his own memories (perceptions) of the event. Regardless, I fear that our voices may not be heard. Regardless of that, I will continue to cheer on, hopeful that we take those bastards down year in and year out.
|4 years 29 weeks ago||In the same boat but...||
My wife and I are in the same boat. Graduated from the U, lived out of state for a while, moved back home, and applied for tickets this fall with maybe 10+ points to our name.
Unfortunately, we did not receive a season ticket offer.
I did however just get an email this weekend for the "All In" ticket package. We get end zone seats, different for each game, but you get the whole season. I've not seen or heard of this before. Has anybody else?
Of course, we bought them, and are looking forward to the season. But I was a bit disappointed at not getting the season ticket offer. Not sure if I did something wrong on the application, or didn't give enough of a donation.
I am curious to know what others experiences have been. I've heard that ticket sales aren't as booming as they used to be, but that was most likely pure speculation. I've also heard of folks (non-alum even) getting tix within two years of applying. All I know is that I didn't make the cut this time around.
Happy to be "All In" though, even if I am sitting amongst a bunch of Badgers in Section 12.
|4 years 42 weeks ago||Just saw that myself||
It seems like a half-assed op-ed piece, and a really weird one at that. Did the Victor's Rally really stick in her head for a whole week? Suddenly, a pep rally at Michigan is cause for concern? And the great conclusion at the end of the article is yet another call to win more games? What gives?
It's like her editor made her write it, she didn't want to, and this is the column we get.
C'mon Detroit News, you've been better than this in recent years. Don't fall off the wagon now.
|4 years 43 weeks ago||1993 Rose Bowl||
Michigan beats Washington after getting whooped the previous year. Tyrone Wheatley runs for 235 yards on 15 (!) carries and 3 TDs as a sophomore. Wasn't he hurt, too?
Undefeated season. (sort of)
All-time best performance by one of my all-time favorite wolverines. Wish I could've been there.
|4 years 43 weeks ago||Biakabatuka||
He just kept running and running and running, and at the end of the game, few people in the stands knew exactly how many yards he'd gathered up. When the public address announced the total, the Big House blew up. Definitely memorable. Good call.
|4 years 43 weeks ago||Yes, yes, a thousand times yes.||
That PSU game remains the most dominant UM performance of my 20+ year fandom.
Game to trade?... '95 Purdue. I think I'm still defrosting.
|4 years 43 weeks ago||Low Rider - War||
Back in undergrad we invented a drink called the "Lowrider". It was a mix of blackberry brandy and Squirt. We thought it was special.
Now, whenever I hear that War song, I think of all the retching and vomiting I experienced as a result of that very bad, very misguided mixed drink.
|4 years 45 weeks ago||ARCH 322 & 442||
For all the architecture grads (and students) reading...
First year design studio is a bear. 6 credits. Late nights from week one of the semester, and the workload only gets tougher as the weeks roll on. The information isn't the hardest I had to deal with, but the workload... oh the workload! Not to mention the constant barrage of soul dong punches that accompany the endless reviews and critiques you are subjected to throughout the semester.
Easily my hardest class. The good news is, you get used to it by your 8th studio (in grad school), and they end up becoming kind of fun.
|4 years 45 weeks ago||"Coming From the Top"||
Does anybody know any history on Gene Myers? He is the Sports editor at the Freep, and has been at the paper for about 17 years. I'm curious as to his ties to the MIchigan program, college degree, and any other potential reasons that he would hate on the current iteration of Michigan football.
That, and I love a good conspiracy theory.
|4 years 45 weeks ago||Good Point||
I expect a follow-up column from Rochelle Riley any day now.
|4 years 47 weeks ago||Charlie Weis didn't play,||
Charlie Weis didn't play, right?
|4 years 47 weeks ago||Sh*t talk = Good politics||
Perhaps all the talking DBs do on the field with WRs has given them the practice and skills they need to navigate the tricky political waters of coaching college athletics.
This is why there are so many former DB head coaches.
|4 years 47 weeks ago||Probably true||
However, for argument's sake, the overall number of running backs that score high on the exam is probably much lower than the overall number of offensive lineman or quarterbacks that score high based on the difference in exam score averages. Therefore, if we assume that a high exam score correlates with potential coaching ability, than this would indicate that there would be many more potential coaches amongst OL and QB in the college ranks than running backs. This point plays out in the data as there are few former running backs currently coaching.
The part that interests me, though, is the number of former DBs currently coaching. DBs exam scores average in the middle of the pack of all players, and is similar to linebackers' average scores. However, DBs are disproportionately represented in the coaching ranks, even if they are just compared to former linebackers. (28 to 11) This can't just be the result of DB numbers on college teams. (Are there really almost three times as many DBs than LBs?)
Looking at this makes me wonder, if it takes smarts to be a coach, than is there some other kind of smarts than IQ smarts that college DBs posses that other position players do not have? Something that relates to being a successful college DB?
I often hear that linebackers are the quarterbacks of the defense. This comparison always gave me the impression that LBs were smarter somehow. (perhaps my own mistake) If smart players make good coaches, and the numbers seem to correlate this point, than why do DBs - with their middle of the pack Wonderlic smarts - make such good coaches?
|4 years 47 weeks ago||DBs second most?||
Interesting to compare this spread with average scores on the Wonderlic exam.
I realize that coaching isn't all about a person's IQ, but there does seem to be correlation with QB's and OL at the top of the heap in both comparisons. The only apparent outlier with the data is that DBs seem to be overly represented in the coaching ranks in comparison to their Wonderlic performance. Perhaps there are required smarts to playing in the secondary that go beyond typical IQ smarts. (i.e. "football smarts"...)
|4 years 47 weeks ago||Gotta admit, Texas would be a great and unlikely addition.||
Although maybe not so unlikely...
IMO, the best parts of the article are at the beginning and end. In the Big Ten's previous expansion, they brought in Penn State. That is the standard by which we have to predict this expansion go around. Who else, but Notre Dame, would make this kind of impact and be even slightly interested/eligible? Texas works, although it brings up the notion of desire, so I'll add this bit of meager research to the pot:
The Wikipedia entry for the Big Ten claims that Texas approached the Big Ten about joining the conference back in the 1990's, and that the Big Ten was intrigued by the idea. The idea was dismissed, however, because the Big Ten had just incorporated PSU, and had put a 4 year moratorium on expansion. Hmmm...
Second, would the Big Ten bring in a slightly less than perfect university, with the prospect of Notre Dame ever changing it's mind? (I believe Frank the Tank uses the very apt term, "buyer's remorse" to describe this circumstance.) It is possible that this could happen with the financial reasons for ND joining already overwhelmingly in favor of the merger, and who else but a school like Texas could fulfill the role of "too bad Irish, you had your chance and we went elsewhere" type spoiler?
I'm not saying this will happen, or that it is even possible. But it was on this site that I first read Brian's thoughts on Texas joining. At the time I figured why not talk about a school like USC or Florida joining the conference instead, because it's about as likely. Now, after reading this guy, I'm slightly more optimistic.
|4 years 47 weeks ago||Mating Season||
And then imagine what happens when all those Big Ten alum start to breed with each other. The college football offseason is a long one, and what else are we going to do with all that extra time on Saturday afternoons except re-populate the Rust Belt? Work?
|4 years 49 weeks ago||Down with hydrogenated vegetable fats and 'palm oil'||
Perhaps you should add lard to your list of healthy (in moderation) animal fats. It's back!
|4 years 49 weeks ago||Definitely a "folksier' quote than my botched attempt||
Thanks for the correction, although a Google of the ad reveals the full quote as, "Look, our helmet's got wings!" Mea culpa.
|4 years 49 weeks ago||A little snake oil in the Baxter home...||
"We've got wings on our helmets"!
|4 years 51 weeks ago||They have a veggie shawarma||
They have a veggie shawarma that's pretty good. You should try it next time.
|4 years 51 weeks ago||Sadly left out of that GQ||
Sadly left out of that GQ pizza review is the up-and-comer, Supino's. NY style. Local, fresh ingredients. It's in Eastern Market, and is my favorite pizza in the city. Don't think they quite have their liquor license yet. Though I hear they're working on it.
|4 years 51 weeks ago||TG&S?... don't forget about||
TG&S?... don't forget about Motor City Brew across the street.
|4 years 51 weeks ago||Lots of good suggestions||
Lots of good suggestions above, but I'll throw my hat in for Park Bar/Bucharest Grill on Park Ave. Good Romanian style shawarma and other tasty dishes. (watch the garlic sauce!) The bar is a cool place to hang out before/after a game, and they have tons of Detroit beer on tap.
Also, the quintessential Detroit sports bar, in my humble local opinion (IMHLO?), is Harry's Bar just across the 75 from the Park Ave strip. The best bar food downtown IMHLO.
|5 years 6 days ago||I voted for Lamarr Woodley,||
I voted for Lamarr Woodley, Braylon Edwards, and Jake Long each once, and, as a CFB fan, have no moral or ethical issue doing so. Is he trying to argue that those three don't deserve the high number of votes?
|5 years 1 week ago||How about the protection of||
How about the protection of cooking staff, touring bands (those who don't already smoke), sound guys, maintenaince people, dealers at the casinos (oops, guess they don't count in Michigan), and anybody else who has to work in a smoking environment.
Anyways, what's bullshit about being interested in the health of waitresses? Do you believe that their health doesn't warrant a smoking ban? Or is it hard to believe that anybody would actually care about it?
I was a waiter in a past life. The smoking sucked, but I lived. I also grew up in a house with a smoker. (My dad quit when I was 15) About that same age, I went to the doctor for a physical, and he was convinced I was a smoker after listening to my lungs. It took some convincing, but he only fully believed my story after I informed him that my dad was a smoker my whole life until that point.
Yes, the ban is awfully convenient for me and my family, but I do actually care about the real effects of second hand smoke. Even on waitresses.
|5 years 1 week ago||Perhaps this is because you||
Perhaps this is because you are a smoker, but you fail to recognize that smoking nicotine is extremely harmful to one's body. It is linked to obesity, heart disease, cancer, pulminary disease, hyper-tension, periodontal disease, lowered fertility, cataracts, wrinkles, bad breath, etc. My wife is a doctor, and the first question she asks a sick patient is, "Do you smoke?".
Second hand smoke isn't as bad as inhaling the stuff directly, but it is linked to all of the major health problems associated with smoking. I'll say it again, this isn't about being "offended", it's about public health. Drunk people cause harm too, but only after they get behind the wheel. That's why that is outlawed too.
Perhaps it is not the supposed freedoms of the employee that's in question here. (and these, days few of us are free to choose their employer) Perhaps this is a question of the freedom of a smoker to exhale in front of anybody anytime. You mention that we all make sacrifices at our work, but few of us have to compromise our health at work because of somebody else's totally voluntary behavior. There are laws to protect people against this kind of stuff, ask OSHA. This law is just another in that same line of defense.
|5 years 1 week ago||But this law isn't about||
But this law isn't about liking or disliking others smoking habits in restaurants and bars. This aspect does make the law popular, even if one is politically opposed to it. But, contrary to many assumptions, this is not, primarily, about consumers and "the market".
No, this is a public health issue dealing with second hand smoke and workers. Ask the waitress at your local Denny's if she likes smoking or not. Doesn't really matter, because she has to go to work everyday whether she likes it or not.
I, for one, can't wait to go to all of those restaurants we've been avoiding since my son was born.
|5 years 1 week ago||I believe that's the law in||
I believe that's the law in Ontario now.
|5 years 1 week ago||Sorry [edited]||
I decided to post the link on a new thread.
|5 years 1 week ago||Also just reported by the News...||
Apparently, Jenrette was arrested twice, once in 2005 and once in 2008, for attempted burglary. His mysterious redshirt in 2008 for personal reasons was to attend to the court proceedings and first-time offender program following the arrest.
|5 years 2 weeks ago||"Former and/or current||
"Former and/or current assistant coaches may or may not have been present for the fight."
|5 years 2 weeks ago||Kelly to NFL?||
I think for any college head coach to jump to the NFL, he has to win big, very big, probably even take home a national championship. (See Spurrier, Saban, Erickson, Davis, Switzer, etc.)
This thought was brought up on the blog back when Rodriguez was hired. (Yes, there were those concerned with him jumping to the NFL at the time.) The argument was, if Rodriguez even hoped to be offered an NFL job, he would have to completely dominate, ala Spurrier, and probably win a MNC in the process. Is this a risk worth taking? The conclusion here was yes. For ND? Probably.
|5 years 2 weeks ago||As everybody knows, the||
As everybody knows, the announced attendance is always larger than the stated capacity. (usually 110,000+ vs. 107,501 as stated currently) This is because they count every single body in the place, including players, coaches, visiting bands, press box types, food service workers, maintenance crew, rooftop snipers, etc.
I wonder, with the addition being 10X as big as the existing press box, will the actual attendance have an even larger overrun than the current 4,000 - 5,000 push seen on big game days?
|5 years 2 weeks ago||Saban is getting close to||
Saban is getting close to pulling this one off.
|5 years 2 weeks ago||Charlie Weis did alright too||
Charlie Weis did alright too his first two seasons. Time will tell.
|5 years 2 weeks ago||Stoops vs. Rodriguez and the press||
First, I would like to reiterate others in that I'm not ready to believe that Stoops is going to jump at the money.
However... This is an interesteing deal, and after Stoops' comments about staying at OK, rumors that he is building a house in town, general Face of the Program type reputation there - I wonder if the college football world would go ape over his (hypothetical) acceptance of the offer the same way they did with Rodriguez?
Would they, or do the golden boys - Stoops and ND - get a pass? Would the criticism suddenly switch from the personal character type issues of Rodriguez to the more general college-football-is-going-to-hell-think-of-the-children type stuff?
I think I know my answer.
|5 years 3 weeks ago||You forgot the northern||
You forgot the northern elitist who distrusts anything with a southern-ish accent. A subset of the Distrustful, these folks hated Rodriguez from the moment he stepped to the podium as Michigan's coach, and actually dislike the coach simply because of the way he talks. Note that these people will often use other justifications as to why they hate Rodriguez (i.e. arrogance and power hunger, as if these were unique to Rod among college coaches), but deep down it is the accent that irks them the most.
I was surprised this faction of Michigan fan existed, but I've seen it first hand. As stated above, there is no way to reason with these types, and it is best to simply walk away or change the subject.
|5 years 4 weeks ago||Also seems odd that a random||
Also seems odd that a random student would sucker punch the starting quarterback while he was hanging out with other football players - including members of the offensive line. There have already been too many conflicting accounts on this altercation, both official and unofficial. The details in this post seems to be the most plausible of them all.
|5 years 4 weeks ago||Was it the tarot card||
Was it the tarot card reading?
|5 years 4 weeks ago||I don't know...||
It was my first time at a game this year as well, and I came in prepared to hate on the piped in music. Sure, the Bob Seger was a bit silly, but the Seven Nation Army and Lose Yourself clips seemed to get the crowd going (especially the student section), and that Hells Bells - Seven Circles of Barwis thing at the end of warm ups was killer. (Denard was head-bangin)
I'm surprised to see myself write this, but with a little tweaking, the music may end up a welcome addition.
Also, I agree, the band was too quiet, and the halftime show was fairly uninspired.
Overall, I liked the vibe at the game despite the OSU contingent, and was also impressed by their generally good behavior. (Although there were two tOSU jackasses who flipped us the bird and dropped the f-bomb in front of my 2 1/2 year old. He must've been surprised when mommy then rolled down the car window - we were in traffic before the game - and ripped them both a new one right there on the street.)
|5 years 4 weeks ago||It seems to me that those who||
It seems to me that those who really intensely want Rodriguez fired have taken his hire personally from the moment he was announced as head coach. I've heard all sorts of illogical reasoning, from the sound of his accent to the notion that "I just don't like him", as purpose to fire him.
I cannot abide these types of assertions, and I do take it personally in that I must now reconcile my own fandom with this kind of foolishness.
What I liked about this diary is that the author seems to ask all of us to set aside our differences on this issue for a few hours tomorrow to try and cheer this team on to a win.
Cheers to that
|5 years 4 weeks ago||Go Blue!||
Here's to the DL crossing the streams on that ectoplasm filled mouth-breather Boren.
|5 years 5 weeks ago||Wasn't Sheridan playing with||
Wasn't Sheridan playing with the first team in practice a couple weeks ago? I'll be excited to see what happens with this one, although it'll be tough to find a TV in Montreal this weekend showing BTN.
|5 years 6 weeks ago||As long as he claims sobriety||
As long as he claims sobriety on his resume, ND will hire him.
|5 years 6 weeks ago||Question||
Didn't Kelly state, in the past, that he ultimately wants to coach in the NFL? Wasn't this one of the negatives (maybe the only one) about him?
Not saying that he would definitely get that chance, or that a job at ND wouldn't be more desirable to him than an NFL job, but I do remember hearing this back during our coaching search. Has this meme gone away with time?
|5 years 7 weeks ago||I would like to clarify that||
I would like to clarify that the 1997 Michigan team was not like the 2002 tOSU team that won so many close games. (by a touchdown or less 7 times) That Michigan team won by a touchdown or less only 4 times that season, and three of those games were against ND, tOSU, and Washington State in the Rose Bowl. The rest of the games were won easily by 10 or more points (and all but one of those were 16+ point wins), 4 of which came against top ten opponents (at the time of play - I'll give that Colorado did not live up to the preseason hype), and 7 games against top 25 teams.
We had a dominant team that year, and would have performed admirably against the coaches' poll darling, Nebraska, had we been able to play them. Too bad the BCS... just kidding.
|5 years 8 weeks ago||+1||
for Princess Bride references.
|5 years 8 weeks ago||So assuming this poster has||
So assuming this poster has good info coming directly from the practice field, how long before the anvil comes down on his friend, the manager?
Thinking more globally, it used to be that insider info (whatever the occasion) could only be shared with friends and family. As those F&F then shared info with others, the info would lose credibility with each successive rumor generation. The internet has changed this fact, and second hand info - generally pretty reliable - can be cast off into the world for all to see (if they choose to).
What does it all mean? Is a code developing for the spread of this kind of information? It seems that you, Brian, have standards for publishing insider news. Does this info even help? Does it take something away from being a fan? Sometimes... just sometimes, I long for the days of ignorance, and relying on the game write-up and Sunday column for my michigan football fix. Sometimes... and then I open up Explorer and start all over again.
|5 years 8 weeks ago||Stir the pot indeed||
Can you imagine how excited the Freep would be if their big feature directly led to the downfall and retirement of the Michigan AD? Clean the dust off the shelf... here comes the Pulitzer!
I agree, the question was an attempt to stir the pot. The story had been going cold, and the paper wanted to stoke the fires for their front page.
|5 years 8 weeks ago||Sounds like the Cass Tech||
Sounds like the Cass Tech coach knows about the problems, and understands the dismissal. He's quoted in the News that Cissoko was missing class, workouts, study table, and that he was having trouble with the "social structure" at Michigan. Not sure what that means exactly.
|5 years 8 weeks ago||Where is that guy?...||
I guess it must be a snapshot in front of Memorial Stadium, but... is that really the best view they've got of the place? It was built 80+ years ago, and they just renovated it. There must be some kind of archway or gargoyle or place-to-take-a-picture-when-your-folks-are-in-town to stand in front of.
|5 years 8 weeks ago||Did your parents tell you||
Did your parents tell you about the decades of severe police abuse suffered by the city's black population? Did they tell you about the entrenched workplace discrimination at the factories everybody came here to work at? Did they tell you about the forgotten and marginalized African American ghettos scattered across Detroit, and how when people attempted to escape these ghettos, they were often met with organized violence in their new, white neighborhoods? Did they also tell you that these kinds of things happened in every city with a large black population in this and every other state?
I have no doubt that your family was frightened by the 67 riots - justifiably, but it does not mean that they have given you the entire story about the history of race relations in the city.
|5 years 8 weeks ago||Linda||
You are my favorite Michigan fan evah! Teach me your tao.
|5 years 8 weeks ago||Dhani vs. Ruski||
Dhani - "He grabbed his balls?"
|5 years 8 weeks ago||A narrow view of Detroit's history||
I disagree that CAY was a poor leader from 1973-93. He was a very good leader in his first term or two (when he took the city over after "nobody else wanted it"), but did a terrible job, worthy of criticism, in his latter tenure. Detroit's problem did not start in 1973. The city was already in a 20 year decline, and that decline continues through today.
The trouble I see here is that while CAY is so often given the "race-baiting" and divisive label, the similarly divisive Brooks Patterson is given a pass - despite the career he built in the 1970's through his resistance to cross-district bussing and school integration.
I hate to defend CAY too much, because he deserves criticism, but these problems did not occur in a vacuum. The whole region was an active participant, and we are all paying the price.
As for the assertion that these things happened everywhere, and that everywhere else has recovered better than Detroit, I would say that Detroit's specific circumstances were fairly unique. What other place saw a similarly huge influx of workers from the South to work in a 20th century industrial boomtown that saw tons of growth pre-WWII and a slow decline ever since? Milwaukee... Cleveland... Indy... Sounds familiar. The thing is, we flew higher than all of those places combined, and we got burnt because of it.
|5 years 8 weeks ago||Dhani = Awsome||
Never had a class with him myself, but knew folks who did. Always heard he was vocal in class, had good ideas, and was a good writer. (This from somebody who's read athlete papers before - ouch) Doesn't he have some kind of travel show now?
|5 years 8 weeks ago||This game is fun||
Walked by Tyrone Wheatley as a freshman. Shorter than me, but HUGE! He was like two people thick.
A couple guys from the 1995-96 basketball team tossed the football with us one day in the West Quad courtyard. Albert White called me "Green Linguini" (LP was our favorite)
Heard Biakabutuka say "Lick my balls" once. True story.
Was also mistaken for an athlete a couple times. Once at the IM building as a basketball player (I happened to follow the team in), and once as a hockey player in the West Quad cafeteria when the check-in lady asked me to autograph her jersey (we had just won the Nat Champ, and no, I didn't sign it).
|5 years 9 weeks ago||Detroit had a huge mass transit system||
that was systematically dismantled in the early 1950's. The City and Region made a choice to get rid of trains and implement a 'balanced' system of highways and public transit that included only buses. (buses that I believe GM produced)
The last streetcar was removed from Woodward in 1956, coincidentally the same year as the Federal Highway Act. In fact, few of the big early 20th century streetcar, subway, and el systems in this country remain. (I can only think of NY, Chicago, Boston, and Philly... the trolleys in SF only sort of count) Other cities have all built new ones in the last 50 years - something that Detroit has not been able to do.
|5 years 9 weeks ago||For more info on Detroit's decline...||
See Thomas Sugrue's book, "The Origins of Urban Crisis". It wasn't just the GI's wanting to move to the newly minted suburbs, the federal government wanted them to move there as well and subsidized this desire through the Federal Highway Act and Federal Housing Authority.
And for those now lamenting the loss of Cass Corridor's last flophouse, there are plenty more (sadly) in the city to go around. See the Cabana Motel on the 94 service drive for evidence. http://www.detroitblog.org/?p=556