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|2 days 4 hours ago||Kudos to the MGoBlogger who||
Kudos to the MGoBlogger who pointed me at the Slow's BBQ beer garden. My son and I had the double-header today: football and hockey. We were looking for food after the football game, and happened by the garden. That 'que is very very good, and the beer selections were top-notch at $6 a throw. The cornhole game in the back doesn't hurt.
|2 days 5 hours ago||Shortly before the Kile goal,||
Shortly before the Kile goal, I looked at my son and said: "There's no way we get out of this with anything but an L." His response: "Well, a couple of individual efforts, and a little luck, and you never know." And then Kile does that. Filthy.
On the other hand, the OT looked like we were trying to kill a major. Probably down to youth, but still. I was awfully happy to get out of there with a draw.
|5 weeks 1 day ago||I'm a Cal grad, but||
I'm a Cal grad, but thankfully went to bed before that happened. It would have near killed me---because Cal's defense is bad enough that giving Texas the ball on the 20 with ~1minute to go up only seven is almost surely one in the L column.
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|5 weeks 2 days ago||Rutgers? Rutgers! Down 21-7||
Rutgers? Rutgers! Down 21-7 after one to the mighty Lobos of New Mexico. (Thanks, Delany.)
|5 weeks 3 days ago||I do too. Before I had one, I||
I do too.
Before I had one, I wondered why I'd pay actual money every month for satellite radio. Between College Sports, SXMFC, and being able to catch just about any major home-team radio broadcast, it's some of the best money I spend.
|5 weeks 3 days ago||That World Heritage Site is a||
That World Heritage Site is a quality find.
|7 weeks 6 days ago||I'm a big believer in||
I'm a big believer in under-selling. Give it time. Some people get it right away. Other people take much longer to come to understand how special this place is.
When I first took my daughter to games as a pre-schooler, she was all about the kettle corn. In grade school, she was willing to stay long enough to see the band at halftime. She might have been in eighth grade before she finally stayed through an entire game. I'm still not sure she's stayed through post-game, and she's only seen drumline's step show a handful of times.
But, tomorrow we are moving her into MoJo, and tonight she posted this to her FB feed:
"I've lived in Ann Arbor my whole life and have always been a big Michigan fan, so the honor and excitement of becoming a student here hadn't really sunk in for me yet. But tonight, when I came out of the Pioneer stadium after watching the last soccer game of my brother's that I'll see in a while, I saw the block M illuminated on the back of the Big House, and I felt such a sense of pride and a feeling of belonging to this University, one of the most powerful feelings linked to beginning college that I've experienced yet. I can't wait to start the beginning of my next four years as an undergrad and the rest of my life as a Wolverine. Go Blue!
|8 weeks 6 days ago||Nothing wrong wtih taking||
Nothing wrong wtih taking some time to make this decision. It's an important one.
|9 weeks 1 day ago||It does look like Moshiri||
It does look like Moshiri might be serious about spending money on the club. The West Brom keeper almost got glory at the end though.
|9 weeks 3 days ago||Kettle Corn. Large.||
Kettle Corn. Large.
That stuff is scary good.
|9 weeks 5 days ago||That was my reaction as well.||
That was my reaction as well.
|24 weeks 2 days ago||My better half...||
...plans to join my son and I driving across the state from Ann Arbor to St. Joseph to watch the former play soccer.
We are living the life here, for sure.
|33 weeks 5 days ago||Get it done, Betsa! Go Blue!||
Get it done, Betsa! Go Blue!
|35 weeks 2 days ago||An idea so nice, I'd upvote||
An idea so nice, I'd upvote it twice.
|37 weeks 3 days ago||We have a different rule||
In our house, we have a different rule. You can have it done exactly the way you want it done, OR you can let someone else do it. You don't get both.
Married 18 years.
|38 weeks 11 hours ago||Top 3 plus an honorable mention||
All of these were at Michigan Stadium.
The first one that comes to mind: Henne to Manningham, Penn State, 2005. I took my son to the game; he had just turned five. At the time, I told him that that might be the best game he would ever see in Michigan Stadium. So far, it has been---and he still remembers it.
Number two is probably UTL-I. It wasn't a win-on-the-last-second play, so not *quite* as dramatic, but the fact that no one wanted to go home for a good long while after it was done was something I'll never forget.
Number three: the MSU 3OT game. I took my father, who is an MSU grad. Before the game, I asked him who he was rooting for. He graciously responded, "I just want to see a good game." When MSU was up 17, I turned to him and said, "Well, sorry the game wasn't competitive." And then, THAT happened.
Honorable mention: the Big Chill. My son, my father, and my father in law. We were too low to see much, but having the four of us there was a fond memory.
|47 weeks 6 days ago||It does take time||
I've been bringing my daughter to a game or two every year since she was five. She is a high school senior this year.
In the beginning, she was there just for the kettle corn. After a while, the band and pagentry were part of the deal too. She eventually got to the point where she would stay for the whole game.
But, this year...for Michigan State...she went all out. Painted her fingernails maize and blue, serious gear, bandanna, faux-tattoos, the works. That weekend, she decided that that communal environment was an important part of the college experience she was looking for. She might end up at Michigan, or might not, but she will be connected to her school.
It can take a while, but it happens.
|48 weeks 2 days ago||Wolverine abroad||
I am not in Happy Valley. Instead I am in Shanghai, having visited the SJTU-UM Joint Institute, and the six Michigan students studying there this Fall. I am having a nightcap (we are thirteen hours ahead of EST) and will be flying back to DTW via Narita at about the time most of you are thinking about bed. Go Blue!
|51 weeks 1 day ago||Obvious was putting it mildly||
My son and I were at the game. Even in real time, and even though it was in the box in a tight game, it was an easy call to make. Not sure why it wasn't called, but I won't look a gift horse in the mouth!
FWIW, we thought Louro was probably in position to make the save if it hadn't been stopped by the defender, but I haven't seen the replay yet to be sure.
|1 year 4 days ago||Watchable games.||
The incentive? Games I want to watch. Beating up a tomato can is awfully boring.
|1 year 5 weeks ago||I missed the game||
My son plays for Skyline, and they were hosting Huron last night, so we missed the game. Looking at the box score, it seems like they had their chances. Was it just an unlucky day, or something worse than that?
|1 year 6 weeks ago||Main takeaways for a university administrator?||
Now that I'm starting year three as a low-level administrator at Michigan, I've been thinking of this book as a leadership template. After all, when a professor becomes an administrator, no one tells the professor how to do the job---we are just expected to figure it out as we go. (That's not quite true: CRLT does offer some training, but I still felt like I was thrown in the deep end.) But, perhaps unsurprisingly, being a professor has next to nothing to do with being an adminsitrator.
Brian's right, these are Brandon's Lasting Lessons, but in an inverted sense. Dave really did seem to love the university, and he clearly cared about the players and the department, but he just didn't lead it well. I've started to make a list of things to learn from the book, but I'm still only about 2/3ds of the way through, so I suspect there are things that I haven't gotten to yet. But, from your perspective, what are the take-aways for someone new to a leadership role in an academic institution (vs. "the private sector.")
|1 year 8 weeks ago||I'll put it on my list.||
I'll put it on my list. I really like Schöfferhofer's Grapefruit, great summer beer.
|1 year 8 weeks ago||One Last Saturday||
My BPL team is Everton. My son is a Spurs fan. They played each other today in a surprisingly entertaining 0-0 draw. Tim Howard had a number of oustanding saves.
Made dinner for the flock, including this corn/chard gratin that both kids ate: http://cooking.nytimes.com/recipes/1017637-chard-and-sweet-corn-gratin
The MGoWife went to UVa, and we are now sipping Mai Tai's (the original Trader Vic recipe) and watching them play UCLA in W. Volleyball on the Pac 12 network.
Speaking of which, time for another Mai Tai.
My son plays on AA-Skyline's varsity soccer team and they play at Temperence Bedford on Thursday night. So we'll be starting the Utah game on DVR delay when we get back home.
|1 year 9 weeks ago||As a Cal grad...||
... This pleases me. The Notre Dame vs USC game is a "meteor game," as in I hope a meteor hits the stadium during the game.
|1 year 9 weeks ago||Cal||
I was a Cal undergrad, and am on the UM faculty. If they ever play, in anything, I am honor-bound to root for Cal per the Rules of College Football Fandom, as I have not taken advantage of the Faculty Exception.
So, I guess that technically makes Michigan my second team. But, I follow Michigan more closely than Cal, just due to longevity (I joined the faculty in '98) and geography.
|1 year 17 weeks ago||I'm very disappointed...||
...that no one who has taken EECS 280 in the last 10--12 years has chimed in about C++ functors' ability to mimic many of the cool things that closures can do.
|1 year 20 weeks ago||I've got the same head/heart||
I've got the same head/heart split---pulling for Juve, expecting Barca.
|1 year 37 weeks ago||After a day of soccer...||
After a day of soccer, touring the indoor domes of Southeast Michigan, I broiled some chicken (rubbed with Detroit Spice Co. BBQ) and am now enjoying the evening with Atwater's Winterbock. Tasty.