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|1 year 43 weeks ago||Nice Win||
I think Oregon is pretty decent for a team wihtout much depth, they don't have a very diverse offense, but i think they are a team that should find a way to squeak into the tournament by the end of the season. Nice win to pick up against a Ducks team that could make some noise in the Pac-12, and now we get to see how we handle a very legit "Nova squad that trucked VCU. Jay Wright always seems to field strong teams, and they will be very tough to beat, UM will have to play better than tonight to win, but it would be a huge early season resume builder.
|1 year 43 weeks ago||Pep Bands||
As a side note to the actual game, did anyone else notice (I did just as they went to halftime) that it seems like Oregon has their actual band there while the Michigan fight song was played by what sounded and appeared to be a group of local high school band members in maize shirts that struggled through "The Victors?"
|2 years 33 weeks ago||University of New Mexico Lobos||
I have family that lives in Albuquerque most of the year, and having spent time there and attending a Lobos football game (yet to see a basketball game at "The Pit" but I can't wait to, it's a great venue from everything I've heard and seen on TV), I have taking a liking to the campus and the teams. It's not anything like Michigan fandom, especially being an alum, but I do find it fun to have another team to follow and root for, and I have actually enjoyed watching the Mountain West develop into a formidable conference going even further back than liking the Lobos. The football team has fallen on hard times, they used to be decently good under head coach Rocky Long who went to San Diego St. as DC under Brady Hoke, and then replaced Hoke as HC for the Aztecs. Lobo basketball has been pretty solid for a long time, and dominated the conference under current UCLA coach Steve Alford (I know, I know), and they are still a pretty good bet to make the NCAA tourney, probably as the 2nd or 3rd team out of the MWC.
|4 years 30 weeks ago||Bubble Watch/Big Ten Title Watch||
I have been addicted to keeping tabs on bubble teams, mostly using ESPN.com's "Bubble Watch" the last few weeks, and some of the teams vying for an at-large invite are really interesting (Iona, Harvard, St. Louis, etc.) while others seem like they definitely should not be a tournament team, and most years wouldn't even be discussed, but because of the "soft bubble" have a fighting chance (Colorado, Colorado St., St Joes, UCF, etc.). I also have consistently marveled at just how bad the Pac-12 has become; in the old Pac-10 days not long ago, I recall watching the usual powers at UCLA and Arizona and sometimes Stanford and Washington, and it just seems impossible to me that it is such a bad conference these days. They literally beat almost no decent team collectively out of conference and even the teams at the top of the standings (UW, Cal), are considered major bubble teams. There are a few "elimination" type games between bubble teams that will be of great interest this week, and of course the conference tournaments should be outstanding with so many teams still trying to either get the auto-bid or otherwise prove their worth with a marquee win.
Also, I would definitely like to see Northwestern finally make it, but my bigger wish (as it is for us all) is that UM somehow wins their last two and we get the final assist from hated Ohio. Even if the Bucks win tonight and then get a share of the title themselves on the weekend, I've just been waiting too long for UM to win the conference in basketball to not root for them, assuming the maize and blue take care of their own business. Still a huge long shot, but as long as it's a possibility, I won't give up hope.
|4 years 36 weeks ago||Stellar Goal||
It was a perfect way to clinch the game, pending Howie's final save. I have to think Z has been waiting for a long time to break out that move...worked to perfection.
|4 years 37 weeks ago||Signed (#2615)||
I was shocked to hear about this terrible situation. Amir and his family are good people (his parents live a street over from my father) and I can't imagine the kind of harrowing experience this must be for them all. My prayers are that they can find some moments of peace and calm during this ordeal and of course that Amir is released as soon as possible.
|4 years 42 weeks ago||What a Perfect Ending||
I could not under any circumstance cheer for MSU, especially not when they go to the Rose Bowl with a win. I refuse to cheer for MSU just because they are MSU, but even if I took the rivalry emotion out of it, and just looked at the coaches/players regardless of the colors they wear, these guys are impossible to cheer for. They think way too highly of themselves, as evidenced by their over-celebrating and immature gesturing after a catch or big tackle. They learn this attitude from their coaches, who are the most smug and arrogant bunch you could ask for. I'm glad their careless and undisciplined play finally caught up with them at the very end...and regardless of the effect it has on UM's BCS chances, I thank God above that I don't have to listen to my in-laws, who are all Sparties, talk about how excited they are for MSU to go to Pasadena. That would have been a long month-plus, even if they did end up getting housed by Oregon.
|5 years 8 weeks ago||Other Teams||
I won't claim to be a true fan of any of these other teams, but here they are:
EMU--Wife is a graduate, and also recently I wish the best for Coach English, whatever the odds he faces
New Mexico--Have a family connection there, spent some time in Albuquerque, like the town and campus. I've been given some Lobos gear, which I wear occasionally, mostly b/c I think the logo is cool.
BONUS: 2nd favorite Big Ten team is Northwestern; probably the team I've found the most likeable anyway over the years, but especially now because a current member of their team just married my wife's cousin this summer. Really nice guy, and he thinks the world of coach Fitzgerald and all his coaches there.
|5 years 19 weeks ago||Very Well Said||
You just put in your post exactly how I feel about the current versions of the listed NHL teams, except I had never bothered organize it and put it in "writing." That sums it up beautifully; part if me is very sad that it's not as easy to hate the Avs as it used to be, because it was and is so much fun to hate them. What a great rivalry that was. As for the Ducks, they are easily the most dispicable team currently, and Corey Perry (whom I assume you meant by "Ryan" Perry) is by far the player I hate the most in the league right now. The Sharks, as a team, aren't quite as easy to hate outside of matching up with them in the playoffs, but they are basically a very skilled team whose players have Anaheim-like tendencies, i.e. cheap shots after the whistle and diving, especially from guys like Clowe and Thornton. "Jumbo" especially proved himself to be impossible to respect with his conduct in this series; he is like the Anti-Yzerman, wearing #19 and a "C" on his jersey, but with absolutely zero ability to be a classy, lead by example all-world person and hockey player. It's a travesty he wears The Captain's number. The thing that chaps me the most about losing to San Jose is that their so-called leader is such a whining, cheap-shotting a-hole that happens to be a skilled hockey player but has no idea what class or sportmanship are all about. They should name a new captain if they want to have any kind of sustained success in that organization.
As for the Wings, it was an incredible run just to get back from 0-3 and as disappointing as last night was, they really showed me something that they didn't in the 2nd round last year. I feel much more encouraged going forward this time around, but time will tell.
|5 years 26 weeks ago||Well Done||
I remember doing something very similar with a letter from OSU about 12 years ago, only I think I ripped it into tiny pieces before using it for kindling in the fireplace. Still, it was just as enjoyable as it looks like it was for you. I did end up at Michigan, thankfully, (LSA '04) but just purely for shits and giggles I did MSU's online application and recieved an acceptance letter and scholarship offer a week later. I didn't go all pyro on that offer, but it def. made me laugh that I spent 10 minuets on an online application and it was enough to get such an offer from E. Lansing.
|5 years 51 weeks ago||Brady AND Henne in Fantasy||
I actually drafted Brady and I picked up Henne on waivers (which was really dumb b/c they both have byes next week, but oh well) and I had the choice tonight, so I went with Brady. Right now, it looks like the wrong call, but a lot could still happen. I also have Gostkowski, the Pats kicker, and he currently has earned me more points than Brady, and is only .96 behind Henne. C'mon New England, get that pass game going! I am pulling for Henne to do well also, of course. Not exaclty the offensive shootout that most of us hoped for on here...
|6 years 1 day ago||Well....can I take it back?||
I guess all I had to do was say a few good things about Threet to get him to totally implode in this game. All in a nights work. But seriously, at the very least he's not as bad as he used to be. Oregon is a pretty good team, without much of a defense, typical PAC-10 contender. Oh, and even if the game was a slop-fest, it was worth it to stay up to see those Oregon cheerleaders. ASU's aren't bad either.
|6 years 1 day ago||O'Brien||
Good looking player. He plays for Powers Catholic High School in Flint, MI and I saw him pick up a fumble and run it in for a TD in a loss to my alma mater Carman-Ainsworth last week. He is by far the best player on a bad team, and would probably be a nice pick up for UM if he commits.
|6 years 1 day ago||Good Point||
He is still WAY too prone to throwing picks....and there's another one as I type this. Well, he's making me look like a moron for praising him, but I will still contend that he does seem to have developed at least a little more leadership and ability to run an offense. His night against the Ducks is quickly deteriorating due to all the INTs.
|6 years 3 days ago||Thanks to All||
I knew I could count on all you MGoBoard regulars! Seriously, thanks a ton for the suggestions, they were all very helpful. I have used espn3.com on my laptop, but alas, I do not have a fancy phone, otherwise I would go that route. Some of the places sound perfect, I just have to see how nearby they are to where the wedding is at and how receptive my wife will be to hanging out in a sportsbar/restaurant prior to the wedding. The boat and the ex-girlfriend's place sound tempting, but somehow I think those options would be vetoed. =-)
|6 years 3 days ago||287||
Maybe a little low, but I hope it's an efficient 287 and he gets some rest.
|6 years 6 weeks ago||Indiana||
I agree that Indiana will pose more of a challenge than most will anticipate. While I'm not scared at all by playing at Memorial Stadium or the Bill Lynch version of the "Pistol" or anything having to do with getting outcoached, I think the number of experienced players IU returns coupled with the obvious motivating factor of not having beaten Michigan in 23 years is cause for some concern. That doesn't mean that game "scares" me; I think Michigan should definitely win, but given the fight that the game in AA was last year, it might be another close one. My hope is that our defense will gain enough confidence in the non-conference slate that they will be less likely to get gouged like they did last year by big plays and tons of rushing yards by Indiana. If they limit the big plays, that should be a major key to winning that road game. It doesn't seem right to be even mildly concerned about Indiana in football, but those are the times we live in. Also, if they have any hope of a decent bowl, they simply must win this game.
|6 years 7 weeks ago||Pringles||
It looks like the little oval shaped face w/mustache guy on pringles cans, only a darker, scarier version with his eyebrows and mustache on steroids and blacked out eyes.
|6 years 9 weeks ago||MSU is the Key||
I agree that it's tough to choose whether the first two games are more key than these three, but ultimately I agree with Rittenberg mainly because of the MSU game. I've had my eye on that game more than any other since last season ended. I think it's critical because it's smack in the middle of the season, we've lost to them twice in a row, and since it's at home that is the one game we just can't afford to lose this season; I feel the season, not to mention Coach Rod's job, could very likely hinge on it. When we win that game, winning against either Iowa or Penn State will be icing. Keep in mind that I believe we will go no worse than 4-1 in our first five, and I also believe we will find a way to beat either Iowa or PSU. Losing to both shouldn't kill the season, but don't think this will happen. Even though I feel Iowa will be a better team (best of these three in the stretch), and I admit I have no idea which of the two UM will beat, if either, I think I'm leaning Iowa. It's at home, we owe them from the close call last year, the crowd and the team will be up for it. Penn State will be fun, and with their QB situation we should have a chance, but even some very good teams (read OSU) have had trouble playing at night in Happy Valley. It will be fun to see how it all plays out.
|6 years 9 weeks ago||It wasn't Sage...||
I don't know the actual woman's name, but I remember seeing that as well, and I know it wasn't Sage. Whoever that person was, my guess is she is either not working for ESPN anymore, or else she's been permanently re-assigned to a dark corner surrounded by filing cabinets. That kind of idiocy is rare, even for ESPN "talent"
|6 years 9 weeks ago||ESPN Favs||
I like Van Pelt and Tirico as well, and I suppose my other favorite would be John Buccigross. He is one of two anchors (with Steve Levy) whose sport of choice is hockey (which I love) and I enjoy his NHL column (or "blogumn") and mailbag on espn.com during hockey season.
I also can't stand Rome and Cowherd, and if I had to throw another in the mix of "least favorite" it would be Skip Bayless. Is Bayless even still on that First Take show? Is the show still running?? I wouldn't know, I couldn't stand watching it with him on there.
EDIT: I kept thinking, and somehow I FORGOT about Rece Davis when I first posted...he is my favorite guy covering college football, and Desmond is a close 2nd. I have to give props to Rece not only b/c I think he does a great job, but he used to cover sports for ABC 12 out of Flint, where I hail from.
|6 years 10 weeks ago||Just Watched||
Just watched that two-part episode the other night ("Chain of Command"). That was probably one of Stewart's more powerful performances in the series, especially part two when he was tortured and manipulated by the sadistic Cardassian.
|6 years 10 weeks ago||I will be there early||
I have to be at work before 10, so I will be part of the somewhat early crowd. I'm thinking of grabbing some breakfast at Angelo's and then heading over for a quick look, then off to work. I'll probably try to get to the stadium around 8 or 8:30.
|6 years 10 weeks ago||Thanks||
Thanks for remembering one of his most distinguishing accolades; he didn't get knighted and all that to be called only "Mister" Patrick Stewart. Duly edited in my post title.
|6 years 10 weeks ago||Ahh, the countdown to kickoff||
Ahh, the countdown to kickoff clock. There used to use one on the football page at mgoblue.com...I think they quit it awhile ago for some reason. Anyway, its return could only mean one thing...my wife will be exponentially more irritated as I constantly remind her how close we are getting to UConn.
|6 years 10 weeks ago||Your scenario created a||
Your scenario created a hillarious mental sequence that played out in my mind...it could only end with applesauce all over everyone and one or both of them fallen out of their wheelchairs calling to Dr. Crusher for help...well played, sir.
|6 years 10 weeks ago||Thems fightin' words amongst||
Thems fightin' words amongst us Trekkies (or Trekkers, if you prefer) Truth be told, I grew up on Star Trek and I shunned Star Wars for many years because it always had the more mainstream following, but I eventually relented and watched and enjoyed Star Wars as well. I still certainly favor Star Trek though...agree to disagree.
|6 years 11 weeks ago||All Nike||
All my jerseys are Nike ones, but mostly because I don't have a lot of money to buy a new Adidas one these days. I do have a few UM Adidas shirts though, mostly gifts...anyway, I do always wear one of the jerseys to every game I make it to. I try to always wear home blue for home games usually my "lucky" #32 A-Train jersey (My first ever jersey, oldest most well-worn by far) or my #10 Tom Brady. I also have a #1 away jersey that I keep in good condition and try to only wear for road games (wore it to MSU last year, so maybe not so lucky), although I have occasionally worn it only to very important home games, i.e. OSU, maybe MSU or Penn State. In short, I don't really have a set ritual for which one I'll pick, it's more just wake up on game day and see which one the Maize and Blue Spirit moves me to wear. Also, I will still wear one even if I'm just at home watching it on TV. I guess my superstition is more just to wear any jersey every game day more than a certain one.
|6 years 14 weeks ago||Hail to Dads||
I am very fortunate that my dad graduated from UM and brought me up to love UM sports. I followed his footsteps to Ann Arbor and love going to football games with him when we can (at least once a season) and we also go to several Tigers games together each season. Its great to share a love of sports with him, and I plan on passing that on (especially UM) to my own little one, who's due to arrive any day now (July 1st officially). We don't know if it's a boy or a girl, but either way the kid will be taught the wonders of all things Michigan. Just have to keep the in-laws and their Spartan tendencies at bay. (Thankfully, my wife went to EMU and is a UM fan via conversion). To all the dads out there, Happy Father's Day!
|6 years 14 weeks ago||Brian can post whatever he wants||
This is my single favorite website in existence and I also happen to think it is the best site for UM football news, information and breakdowns. While I concur that the bulk of posts should revolve around UM athletic content, I also am very grateful to Brian for the incredible amount of passion, effort and hard work he puts into mgoblog every day. Therefore, if he wants to indulge in another one of his passions, namely World Cup Soccer, on this site (which you or any other non-soccer fans only have to put up with once every four years) then he has more than enough leeway to do so. He can post whatever he damn well pleases.
By the way, i do not claim to be a soccer fan. Just FYI.