"Coach Mattison told me what the Ravens were about, what he thought," Beyer said. "He definitely encouraged me. I hold his opinion in high regard."
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|15 hours 6 min ago||My experience growing up||
This was back in the late 80s, so a while ago. I started out playing spring and fall rec ball at age 6-7 and I was a really good sweeper/stopper because I just didn't give a shit about my body and attacked everything on the defensive end of the field. I was a maniac and faster than most kids my age. At those younger ages, you can get by without having any real dribbling or passing ability. I would stop a kid and just blindly boot the ball as far down field as I could. I made the travel team one year (literally last kid on the team) and it was fun, but I knew I was way worse at soccer than the other kids. I didn't really try too hard, and our team sucked anyway (never won a single game that season, outdoor or indoor).
Didn't make the travel team the next year and went back down to rec ball. I got picked up by my old rec coach that knew me from before. This team was horrid and we got smoked a minimum 6-0 every game. I think one time we lost 13-0. Our goalie was too short to jump and slap the crossbar; anything within a foot of the crossbar was going in. Rec ball at age 10-12 is different than the younger ages because you get some kids that have played for 4-5 years and were just short of making the travel team playing along side kids that have never played before -- there's a huge disparity in skill/talent. I was getting slower in comparison to other kids, and my dribbling/passing still sucked. You don't get a whole lot better playing rec ball. I got frustrated and quit soccer after that year.
Either case is sort of frustrating, but finances aside, I think I'd rather be the crappiest player on the travel team than the best player on the rec team. At least then you can get some decent coaching.
|16 hours 1 min ago||Glad there's still a *axx in the conference||
I was worried after Maxx Williams graduated
|5 days 14 hours ago||Running 31 miles a day burns about 3600 calories||
A granola bar is about 132 calories. He'd have to eat 27 granola bars a day. That doesn't make any sense.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||So for a 215-lb guy||
Drinks necessary for 0.20 BAC
8 hrs of drinking --> 18
6 hrs of drinking --> 16
4 hrs of drinking --> 14
2 hrs of drinking --> 12
my god how can people get behind the wheel after drinking that much; I wouldn't even be able to get in the car
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Makes sense||
their home schedule is complete crap next year and we're literally the only team of note
almost identical in shitosity to our home schedule last year
|3 weeks 3 days ago||This is a pretty complicated subject for me||
Initially, in middle school, I used to feel that I didn't want to disappoint my dad, or I thought my dad would ground me if I got a B. My dad was a very intense guy with an intimidating personallity. This is what I often told my friends, as sort of an excuse, but it was not true at all. My dad actually told me to lighten up at the end of high school and certainly in college. So I wrongfully blamed him for a lot of the pressure for good grades, but in reality it was pressure I put on myself.
I remember getting a B in ninth grade (my only B in high school -- stupid English class); I almost had a nervous breakdown. It wasn't competitive reasons or anything, I was just a perfectionist. I guess I just didn't like getting Bs.
Another important factor was that I also worked a job constantly in high school. I turned 18 in November of my senior year, which meant I could work whatever hours I wanted. I think I typically put in about 30-32 hours a week on top of going to school, which was not slave hours, but it meant that I couldn't screw around with homework and I had to get it done in a few hours on the weekend. I don't know why I worked the job so much -- the money didn't even put a dent into college tuition. I guess they just kept giving me hours and I didn't want to appear lazy, so I just kept taking them. I worked every Friday and Saturday night that year -- I never went to a high school football game or prom. I went to school on senior skip day.
I had a weird fixation with working, I guess, and didn't care about being social. There were no outside influences to deter me from working.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||Don't drink as much pop as I used to||
but all-time favs are probably (no specific order)
Coke from a can -- fountain Coke is just not as good to me
A&W Root Beer -- everybody has their preferences in the root beer department (bitter vs. smooth), A&W is the smoothest to me and I enjoy it the most
Old Sprite -- doesn't exist anymore; used to be a very seperate taste from 7-UP, but now they're pretty similar. I remember drinking a ton of it one summer when I was around 10 or 11.
Faygo Redpop -- used to have pink cows as a kid, Redpop + milk
Faygo Rock & Rye -- really nothing else like it
Faygo Creme Soda -- this was like crack to me as a kid
sometimes I would have a craving for Faygo Grape -- the flavor is so fake, but I still enjoyed it
Vernors, of course
I've never been a big Mountain Dew drinker, but I expect there to be some hardcore Dew addicts in here somewhere
|4 weeks 6 days ago||Still going, but the games aren't the same||
No doubt the biggest problem is that the team isn't as good, but the Big Ten in general isn't as good, either. Back in the 90s, the Big Ten often had 5-7 teams in the final top 25 and just about every other week was a big game against a ranked opponent. OSU was basically the same, Wisconsin was the same, MSU was worse, but Northwestern, PSU, Purdue, Illinois were all better. Now the Big Ten has more teams total, but less in the final top 25; only four last year (with Minny at #25) and only three in 2013. The overall schedule quality is just not there.
|5 weeks 6 days ago||Mine are pretty tame||
During U-M football games back in the mid 90s, the ABC camera guy was right on the field on a small platform that rode back and forth on a track. If you had lower seats in the student section, the guy was always in the way whenever anyone got near the endzone. Students constantly threw stuff at him. One guy a couple rows in front of me throws a full-sized pop that hits the camera guy square in the back of the head. The camera guy goes completely apeshit and tries to climb down from the platform and come after him, but doesn't realize there's a huge wall from the field to the stands, so he just kind of stood there and yelled a lot. ABC remedied this situation by putting a big plexiglass shield on the back of the camera platform, but someone still managed to hit the guy by throwing their pop with a huge arc. That camera guy just hated life.
The other crazy story is when the Zamboni broke down on the ice at Yost and had to be towed by the other Zamboni, except the guy that hooked the chains up didn't actually connect the Zambonis together (he passed the chain around nothing, basically) so the tow truck Zamboni just drove off without towing anything. The whole area erupted in laughter.
|5 weeks 6 days ago||1984 Mercury Capri||
it looked very similar to the Mustang. 2.3L I4, 5-speed manual. Only blew out the clutch one time. It was carbureted; to prevent it from stalling in the winter, I had to brake with my right heel and rev the engine with my right toes. It was so bad in the winter. My dad sold it when I was in college.
|7 weeks 3 days ago||Watching Blue Offense vs. Maize Defense||
I haven't watched every play, but there are holes to run, it's just that some improvisation is required
2nd quarter, 6:16 left -- Braden is playing LG and pulling to the right. The right side is completely sealed to the inside by Kerridge and Butt, there's no defense outside at all. Braden recognizes the middle is clogged up and bounces outside and would have been free to block anybody on the outside, but Shallman follows the intent of the play (power) instead of following Braden and gets 2.
2nd quarter, 5:35 left -- Braden has Strobel on rollerskates way to the right. Dawson is RG pulling to the left and was supposed to go behind Braden, but the Braden/Strobel angle causes him to go upfield of Braden and set him up perfectly to kill Bolden if Shallman cut back inside, but instead Shallman goes outside and gets tackled by Bolden while Dawson blocks air.
2nd quarter, 0.40 left -- Dawson pulling left, Kerridge lead blocker. This play goes 100% according to design and Shallman gets 9 following Kerridge.
|8 weeks 6 days ago||Best closed captioning that I can remember||
distant second for me is Sea Area Wood, and that's not even that good.
|9 weeks 1 day ago||Ivy League||
Has only had four different teams make the tourney in that time --
UPenn, Princeton, Cornell, and Harvard
Since 1968-1969, Brown in 1985-1986 is the only time one of those four teams didn't win the Ivy League Championship.
|9 weeks 5 days ago||Wow the start of this game||
Zona with four turnovers in the first five minutes. Slow the hell down
|10 weeks 5 days ago||The bottom of the curve in engineering||
bomb out to LSA by junior year.
|11 weeks 16 hours ago||At that age, I worked at a grocery store||
Worked that job from age 16 until my first internship between junior and senior years of undergrad. I stocked produce. The hours were long and the pay sucked (min wage was $4.10 when I started, I think I finished at $7.50 or so in '97), but it was good exposure to the real world and real people. I think many teenagers, no matter what decade/generation, live in this protective bubble and have no concept how much a certain job will pay them, how much things cost, or how tough it can be to work a manual labor job for 60 hours a week, etc.
They were some interesting people; we had our fair share of dumbasses for sure, but we had some smart, hard-working people there as well that came from Pontiac (store's in Waterford) and just weren't given the opportunity to go to U-M like I was. I really learned to appreciate my education.
|11 weeks 23 hours ago||Assume GGlasgow is the backup to Kugler||
and they can move guys around if there's an injury. Sort of a bad spot to lose a guy and hopefully there isn't a Mooseman situation any time this year.
Either way, glad to a see a player taking his education/career seriously.
|11 weeks 3 days ago||Go with what you like||
I'm not a big beer person at all, my cousin and good friend drinks Miller Lite, which is not bad. He has some beer snob lawyer friends that always bring an assortment with them and turn their noses up at Miller Lite, and give the ol' "taste this, it's so much better than that horse piss you're drinking now!" Many of the beers are so bitter I imagine straight caustic soda would taste better. I don't get it. Drinking beer should not be an endurance contest.
|11 weeks 4 days ago||Here's the whole list||
the only SEC school on there is Missouri and the only Pac12 schools are Oregon State, Arizona State, and Stanford.
|11 weeks 4 days ago||I watched this a bit earlier||
OSU had a #1 ranked guy that absolutely destroyed some Iowa dude, getting a takedown 2 secs into the match and just toying with back points until he finished him off 16-1 at the beginning of the 2nd period. I think the Iowa dude had a bunch of upset wins to make the final, but still, it's amazing to see such a dominant performance in the conference final.
|11 weeks 4 days ago||Nebraska/Maryland -- few things of note||
First -- There's a Nebraska fan with courtside seats dressed as a ref which has confused me a few times. Pretty annoying and what happens if you get a whole row of people dressed as refs? Where does this slippery slope end?
Second -- Petteway got his 2nd foul with 9 mins to go in the first. Never sat on the bench, still only has two fouls with 3 mins to go. Has scored six since the 2nd foul.
EDIT: he just picked up his 3rd with a charge. 1:43 in the half.
|11 weeks 4 days ago||Newbill buries a 3 at the buzzer -- PSU beats Minny||
PSU is 16-15 now, Minny is 17-14
|11 weeks 5 days ago||Watching the end of this MSU-IU game||
wow MSU is such a train wreck at the end of games. All of this in the final minute
1. Can't shoot free throws, Costello misses two to keep the game at 3
2. Almost fouled a guy shooting a 3 (which would be the 2nd time they did that -- the Minny guy made the 3 to tie that game), correctly called as non-shooting, but still, they just lucked into that foul when it should have been obvious to foul up 3 with under 8 secs to go. IU makes both FTs.
3. MSU misses the 2nd FT at the other end and Valentine fouls with MSU up 2. Izzo has heart attack on the floor. Farrell misses the 2nd FT
4. Shooting FTs at the other end with ~1 secs to go, MSU guy misses the first and makes the 2nd, so IU can still throw up a halfcourt prayer -- if he misses the 2nd, the game's over.
|12 weeks 3 days ago||10-seed Illinois made it to the tourney final in 2008||
before losing to a 26-4 Wisconsin team. That was after beating Minnesota in the final game of the regular season. So they won four in a row, which they hadn't done the entire season, even in non-conference. They finished 16-19 and still didn't make the NIT.
|12 weeks 4 days ago||I have an old-as-shit fitted hat from undergrad still||
It has duct tape underneath the inner headband because the back of the brim started wearing through it. That hat saw a LOT of days. Too many days, really, because I really started looking like a dirtbag when I wore it to class. Oh well.
Personally, although I would never wear one, I do respect the blue hairs that bust out the U-M Tam o' Shanter. Rock on, blue hairs, just don't tell me to down in front....at halftime.
|13 weeks 22 hours ago||Anthony Thomas non-fumble against Illinois in 2000||
I had Illinois friends at the time, and oh God, that single play was the whole reason their team fell apart that year and it was the greatest travesty in sports history. Illinois fans have an incredible hatred toward Michigan, probably since the '89 final four game, and that call put more fuel on the fire for them.
|13 weeks 22 hours ago||Mentioned upthread, but Carlyle Holiday had a phantom TD as well||
In 2002. Replay reviews didn't start until 2005. I was at that ND game, and of course ND stadium was in the stone age with incandescent light bulb scoreboard and absolutely no in-stadium replay whatsoever (based on the ND boards I read and the fervent opposition to Jumbotrons, I assume they're still in the stone age). I'm surprised they didn't have an analog clock and a guy changing the scores by hand.
That phantom TD was at the complete other end of the field from where I was sitting so I had no idea that anything controversial had even happened. After the game, I regrouped with my tailgate friends that had tickets at that end of the field and they were all up-in-arms about it. I've never seen a replay of that play.
|13 weeks 1 day ago||A few bad ones for me||
1. 5-0 Purdue. I didn't get past halftime of this game. Just not worth it. I had a raincoat over basically a light fall coat, but no gloves, so my hands went numb sometime in the 2nd quarter.
2. Home game against BC in '96. This was still the "I have no idea how to dress for games" phase of undergrad for me. 75 degrees or so before the game, huge cold front comes through with rain and the temp drops into the low 60s. I was in a T-shirt and shorts soaking wet. Not good times.
3. Fricking Utah game this year. Good lord the water. Didn't get a dry pair of socks until 10 pm when I got home. I'll have to remember to bring some spare socks and shoes if rain is expected.
|15 weeks 5 days ago||This is my exact point about office hours||
At the time, I thought the people that badgered the TAs during office hours were just looking to get their hands held so they didn't have to put in any effort (I was very stubborn then). But there are going to be homework problems that you simply cannot do. I think it's a sick joke by the professors -- "hey, let's throw this stupid problem at them and see how long they bang their heads against a wall before they give up." It's just not worth the frustration.
|15 weeks 6 days ago||So looking over the sample schedule here||
The classes are pretty similar to how it was when I went there (undergrad was '99). Many of the ol' professors are either retired or getting close to it, so there's a lot of new blood there. Fogler is still there from my understanding -- teaches 344 and his book is used by most schools. Good guy, very demanding class. He's getting up there in years, though, so I don't know if he'll teach it much anymore. The term with 344 and 360 at the same time was the hardest for me and you'll want to have the other two courses be fluff if you can.
Take MSE 250 for the material science requirement. Great course. Not hard and you learn a lot. It's good to see they made a mat sci requirement because pretty much everybody took MSE 250 for engineering elective anyway.
The schedule also looks really light on chemistry. We were required to take Chem 302. Think about taking 302 or p-chem. They're not easy courses, but it's your money and you might as well use it on a useful course instead of some weird thing (I took astro 101 and accounting for free electives, for instance). If you have any thoughts of grad school, I would definitely consider more chemistry.