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|7 weeks 6 days ago||You can engage with players||
You can engage with players after a loss, as long as you say something like "Tough game, but we're behind you all the way."
|7 weeks 6 days ago||Had the game on TV when it||
Had the game on TV when it happened. Still can't quite wrap my head around it. Scorpion bar down? Sure.
|11 weeks 6 days ago||Original Poster: I think you||
Original Poster: I think you need to look up the definition of "average," and also maybe re-evaluate your life's choices.
Go back and look at the Power Five standings. The "average" team (middle of their division) is maybe 7-5. Those teams will be playing in the third week of December, in bowl games that only their fans and the true degenerates of college football (like me) will watch.
In contrast, this season had us in the playoff conversation until, at the very earliest, the final game of the regular season, and maybe even this past Friday night. A 10-2 season with a bid to the NY Six is anything but average. Is it the pinnacle of the sport? No. But it's awfully entertaining. It certainly wasn't a "waste."
But, more importanly if you can't be anything but INTERWEBZ RAGE DUDE if you don't make (and win the first game of) the playoff, you've got two choices. One: be a bandwagon fan and follow the flavor-of-the-month. Two: be miserable most of the time.
|12 weeks 6 days ago||When I saw Speight put up two||
When I saw Speight put up two fingers, my reaction was: "Sure, go for it."
Basis: our D was gassed, our O had not done much in second half, and we are in their stadium with a crazy crowd. Might as well take advantage of an opportunity when we might not get another. I wasn't upset that we kicked the extra point, but wasn't 100% sold on it.
|13 weeks 2 hours ago||Henkrick's Gin and Fever Tree||
Henkrick's Gin and Fever Tree Indian Tonic. Many of them.
|13 weeks 3 days ago||CRISPed beat me to it. Takes||
CRISPed beat me to it. Takes zero effort, always a winner.
|13 weeks 6 days ago||Can't comment on the paycall,||
Can't comment on the paycall, as i wasn't paying attention to the game that closely.
But, I like the decision to go for two. You're playing with house money, might as well let it ride.
|13 weeks 6 days ago||Why am I supposed to care||
Why am I supposed to care what *any* analyst thinks at this point? We're going to play the game(s), and then we'll know. Until then, folks are just filling dead air with words.
|15 weeks 12 hours ago||One of the best P/CPs in a||
One of the best P/CPs in a very long time. Thanks! I needed that.
|16 weeks 3 days ago||Add me to the chorus. This is||
Add me to the chorus.
This is just awful. Friday night is for high schools.
|16 weeks 4 days ago||I"m a Cal grad, so I love The||
I"m a Cal grad, so I love The Play, but for different reasons than that hopeless Stanford tour guide. Strangely, while I am fond of neither The Tree nor LSJUMB, I don't hate the instituation itself. Stanford is a fine school, their alumni/fans are generally good people, and even though Cal's been on the short end of the Big Game for years now, it's still mostly a friendly rivalry.
USC (the LA version)? I hate those guys. Everything about it. The band that only knows two songs. The fans that obnoxiously throw that "victory" sign at any provocation. That. Damn. Horse. Burn it down, and salt the ground behind you.
|17 weeks 3 days ago||When my kids were little, we||
When my kids were little, we lived just southwest of the stadium. To get to games, we would walk from our house, through the Pioneer Woods, and through the PiHi parking lot.
Each season, the path would start out lush, and green. The colors would slowly change as Fall descended. By the final game of the season, the leaves were all on the ground, and you knew that winter was just around the corner.
Now, we live on the other side of town. But, I still drive back and park in the old neighborhood, so we can walk through the woods to get to the game. Early in the season midway thorugh the woods, my son, out of nowhere, said: "I forget how green this starts out."
It's a little thing, but it's an important thing.
For the Illinois game, we were doing the double-header of football and hockey, so we decided to park on campus instead so that the walk back from hockey would not be so far. Had lunch at Amer's, and walked down State to the game. His observation? "This is a really different pre-game experience."
Maybe we'll switch to campus/State Street from now on, but I don't think so. It's not "our" game that way.
|18 weeks 2 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.
|18 weeks 3 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.
|22 weeks 6 days 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.
|23 weeks 5 hours ago||(No subject)||
|23 weeks 14 hours ago||Rutgers? Rutgers! Down 21-7||
Rutgers? Rutgers! Down 21-7 after one to the mighty Lobos of New Mexico. (Thanks, Delany.)
|23 weeks 1 day 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.
|23 weeks 1 day ago||That World Heritage Site is a||
That World Heritage Site is a quality find.
|25 weeks 4 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!
|26 weeks 4 days ago||Nothing wrong wtih taking||
Nothing wrong wtih taking some time to make this decision. It's an important one.
|26 weeks 6 days 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.
|27 weeks 1 day ago||Kettle Corn. Large.||
Kettle Corn. Large.
That stuff is scary good.
|27 weeks 3 days ago||That was my reaction as well.||
That was my reaction as well.
|42 weeks 5 hours 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.
|51 weeks 3 days ago||Get it done, Betsa! Go Blue!||
Get it done, Betsa! Go Blue!
|1 year 6 days ago||An idea so nice, I'd upvote||
An idea so nice, I'd upvote it twice.
|1 year 3 weeks 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.
|1 year 3 weeks 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.
|1 year 13 weeks 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.