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Billy Ray Valentine
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|7 weeks 1 day ago||My Day Has Been Made||
Thanks, Stephen Y! In my corner of the world, you're the Champion of the Internetz!
|7 weeks 1 day ago||Some guy named Paul Revere||
Just rode by and said the British are coming. This might be big news!?!
(Bonus points, which I can't really give, to the first person who embeds the Beastie Boys' "Paul Revere")
To the OP, I'm just trying to have fun. I don't think it's that big of a deal that this story was already posted.
|7 weeks 4 days ago||Two decades||
Is a long frickin' time.
It's good to be out of the desert.
Drinks are on me!
|13 weeks 3 days ago||You win||
the internet today, good sir.
|16 weeks 1 day ago||Double Post||
Derp. Double post.
|16 weeks 1 day ago||The B1G loves itself some East Coast||
I know this report is tenuous at-best, but it's interesting to consider the merits of a push east rather than south or west. My knowledge of lacrosse, like many, is thin, but I know D1 lacrosse is wildly popular in the Mid-Atlantic region, similar to hockey in New England and the Upper Midwest.
Oh ... the title really is misleading. I'm sure it was not the OP's intention to trick people, but I clicked on this thread thinking it was about something absurd, rather than intriguing.
|16 weeks 4 days ago||Bryce Brown||
I think he was a college bust, by anybody's definition. And if his fumble woes continue in the NFL, he likely won't last long there either.
|16 weeks 4 days ago||Rasheed Simmons, '94 Recruit||
Recruiting rankings weren't nearly as mainstream as they are today, but Simmons was ranked as the #1 DE in the nation, if I recall correctly. We tried to play him at LB, but it never took.
With then national power Penn State having just joined the Big 10, attracting a top-flight recruit from New Jersey was a big deal. New Jersey was big Penn State territory back then.
Simmons flamed out fairly quickly, and he transferred to Maryland in '96.
|17 weeks 5 days ago||Temple grad student alum ('01)||
"Go Blue" times 10000, but if there's anything left over after that, "Fight, Fight, Fight for the Cherry and the White!"
Enjoy, my friend!
|17 weeks 5 days ago||With all due respect to a longtime poster||
Rolling Rock is NOT a Philly beer. It's maybe a Pittsburgh beer (Iron City notwitstanding), but certainly not Philly. Yuengling is the only mass-produced beer one can fairly associate with Philly, even though it's brewed in Pottsville. If you order a "lager" in the Delaware Valley, it's a Yuengling that you will receive. All that said, I hope you're enjoying time in my hometown. Try Steve's Prince of Steaks on Bustleton Ave. for the real deal. Geno's, Pat's and Jim's are for the tourists.
|17 weeks 5 days ago||Leopold Brothers Maryland Style Rye||
Holy Denard Robinson this stuff is good! Plus, the distillers have Ann Arbor roots, but are now operating out of Denver, the site of Brian's dream future bowl game locale.
|18 weeks 1 day ago||UM/Eagles fan here||
I haven't felt this way about a hire since January of '08. Chip, please don't name GERG DC!
This is going to be really interesting....
|18 weeks 5 days ago||Because either 5 or 6 will certainly redshirt||
Historically, OL recruits, even the most heralded ones (see Kyle Kalis), need at least year to gain good weight and learn scheme.
Lewan returning affects class of '12 recruits way more than '13 recruits.
|19 weeks 1 day ago||The question wasn't whether he SHOULD have left,||
but rather, what would it had been like if he returned? It's a purely speculative thought. I wholeheartedly agree with you. Woodson had virtually no personal motivation to return. The only argument for staying I can conjure up would be to equal Archie Griffin's repeat.
Would he have played more WR? Blitz more? It's fun to think about, IMO.
That said, this is Taylor's thread. Hooray Taylor! I'd love it if the coaches could figure out a way to get him a TD on a tackle-eligible play on senior day.
|19 weeks 1 day ago||Unanimous Selection for Team Captain Next Year?||
I sure hope so.
When was the last time we had a player who was projected to be drafted in the first-half of the first-round return?
Not that they're similarly-situated players, but it makes you wonder ... what if Woodson would have returned in '98?
|21 weeks 3 days ago||Merry Christmas to All!!||
My ultimate Christmas gift would be to never see Tom Hammond's bewilderingly evil mug ever again.
To Hell With Notre Dame, Santa!
|21 weeks 3 days ago||Threadjack: Brandon Graham Update||
I would never dare post something off-topic in one of Brian's threads, hence, this post did not go in the "Merry Christmas" front page section. That said, it was a nice, early Christmas gift to see one of the Philly sportwriters paying a compliment to Brandon Graham.
I am no where close to having the points to start an original thread, and besides, the jury is out on whether each time someone writes something positive about a Michigan alum it's thread-worthy. I just figured with all of the frustration with OP's inability to properly title this thread, postive news would help put a smile on at least one MGoBlogger's face.
|22 weeks 1 day ago||The Big Brother Mike Hart Plaque||
Where could one go about securing such a fine item? That plaque, prominently displayed, could cause an intrafamily brawl.
|23 weeks 4 days ago||In a perfect world||
Class acts like Jason Avant would get to heist the Lombardi trophy during the twilight of their career. It's a shame the Eagles are about to rebuild. I hope some team on the doorstep is able to sign him.
Desean Jackson on his best day has a morsel of Avant's character.
|25 weeks 5 days ago||Their green helmet stickers||
make their uniforms look even worse ... if that's even possible.
Hopefully, they'll channel their inner-Sparty.
|26 weeks 1 day ago||The Columbus faithful||
These are the Buckeyes I hate most. Specifically, every father and grandfather that lines the streets outside the stadium on the day of The Game every even-numbered year. They hold their young sons and daughters with one hand, and give me and everyone else in Maize and Blue the middle finger with the other other hand. The cycle goes on and on.
|26 weeks 3 days ago||A few tweaks||
I'm very much with you in that 16-teams, with 4 divisions would make expansion more palatable. 14 teams is just a mess, frankly.
I'd tweak your model, mainly fueled by my Michigan bias. I'd place us and Ohio in different divisions. I'd continue the tradition of one cross-over rival that each team would play annually. For us, it would be Ohio.
Next, I want 9 conference games. We'd play our 3 division-mates each year. We'd play 4 other conference teams on a rotating basis. We'd play Ohio each year the week BEFORE Thanksgiving, when students are still in Ann Arbor and Columbus. The week after Thanksgiving would be the B1G semis, 1 vs. 4 and 2 vs. 3, with division champs seeded by conference record. These games would be played in the home stadium of the higher seed. I'd insert a stipulation that two teams that are cross-over rivals cannot play in the semis. Fears over back-to-back games against Ohio go away.
The rest of the B1G can matchup in the week after Thankgiving as you describe.
|26 weeks 3 days ago||UofM-STL ... this is the future||
What you describe is tenable. The traditional B1G matchups are ingrained in me as much as the next Michigan fan. But a new day has dawn, likely arriving with the B1G Network. At this point, it's either expand and consume, or remain stagnant and die.
I'm not trying to flame, but I don't long for the days of the 11-game schedule, with the highlight of our even years' conference home schedule being MSU in early-October. The scenario you desrcibe has potential for utter awesomeness.
Imagine semifinals in Week 12 at the home stadium of the two divison champs with the best record. That's a prosepct even Brian would embrace. Michigan vs. Ohio could return to its rightful place on the Saturday BEFORE Thanksgiving. Students would actually still be intown (empty seat jokes aside).
Worried about playing OSU in consecutive weeks? Simple. Add the caveat that you can't play your cross-over rival in the semis.
So long as Teams 15 and 16 are decent football schools, I'd embrace this future. Every year we'd control our own destiny, both in the conference and nationally.
|26 weeks 3 days ago||Isn't 16 inevitable?||
I'm having a hard getting worked up about all of these 14-team scheduling hypotheticals. Whatever the result may be, it'll likely be temporary anyhow. If the past 3 years of realignment has taught us anything, it has taught us this.
Bigger questions loom. Who will be Teams 15 and 16? When will it happen? Will the priority be adding traditional football or basketball powers? Which conference will survive, the Big XII or the ACC?
Florida State, Clemson or Miami (YTM) moving to the SEC could make things real interesting. What about UVA or VaTech to the B1G?
Ironically, with a 16-team conference, the options for B1G scheduling may actually open up. You could have 4 divisions of 4 teams, and this notion of playing another school in your conference once every 4 -6 years disappears.
|26 weeks 4 days ago||I'd invite Slippery Rock ...||
... if it meant Delaney would jettison the names "Leaders" and "Legends." On a serious note, Maryland is plus in the MBB column. In CFB, Maryland is like adding iceberg lettuce to a sandwich - makes everything else taste a little better, but not by much. I could take it or leave it.
Yes. MOAR $$$!
|26 weeks 5 days ago||Smells like '96!||
Undefeated tears taste the sweetest.
|27 weeks 5 days ago||Wild Turkey 101||
It's no joke and remarkably tasty.
...and To Hell With Notre Dame.
|29 weeks 5 days ago||2 tix in Michigan section vs. Nebraska||
Lot 56 in Lincoln, big Michigan party in the RV lot. 2 tix together available.
|30 weeks 4 days ago||Webber||
Is probably going to need a new pimp unless there's a big market for retired NBA stars in South America.
|32 weeks 5 days ago||Yuengling is NOT crap!||
To those of us who HAIL from the Delaware Valley, Yuengling insults are not well-recieved. Please respect your Philadelphia-born Maize and Blue brethren, and not disparage America's oldest continously-run brewery.
I wish I was celebrating with a Black and Tan tonight, but shelf bourbon must do. Besides, I watched the game with my closest friend from growing up, who happens to be a Purdue grad.