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- I officiated most every rec sport but I enjoyed soccer the most. I was one of the more competent officials which admittedly isn't saying a whole lot as low wages, incliment weather, and late hours watered down the official pool. Anyway, I would often get assigned some of the contests that were expected to be more spirited either because of the experience level or the history of the teams involved. One year, I was reffing a Fraternity "A" level game deep into the playoffs... it might have even been the final. It quickly became apparent that the two houses didn't care for each other all that much. The game was chippy from the start. The other ref (only two officials were assigned to each game) and I issued several warnings... we pulled the captains aside... Didn't matter. Eventually, there'd be another hard foul or overly physical play that would lead to some confrontation where we had to blow the whistle. I think we made it to the second half but not very far into it and we ended up giving a Red Card to both teams. Now... when I was there in the 90's an IM team would start each game with 10 sportsmanship points. You needed 7 points minimum at the end of the game to advance in the playoffs. A Yellow was -3. A Red was -7 and instant disquailification... so we ended the game and both teams' chance for coveted league championshp points.
- Another soccer game... this one was a "B" level contest. Many of the kids probably never even played soccer before Intramurals. In some ways, this can be better than officiating skilled players. These players generally don't think they are better than they are, nor do they bitch about every whistle. A down side to the lack of experience is that the players can tend to be more out of control, which can lead to injuries... as it did in this particular case. I was reffing on the far side of the field from where the ball currently was so I was standing about at the midfield line. The ball went towards the goal. From my vantage point, I see the goalie run out and jump for the ball. I also see several other players jump towards the ball and the goalie. All of a sudden, a player comes running towards me yelling that he heard it break. Play has stopped and the goalie is on the ground. I head over and the goalie has pulled his knee to his chest but his foot is just hanging limp to the side. We've all seen gruesome injuries before. This was the first I had been exposed to in person. This was beyond our first aid training but the kid needed help. I ended up cradling his now unsupported foot while the other ref ran to the office to call for an ambulence. When I was at U of M, the IM fields were on Fuller across from Fuller park. You could see the U of M hospital from the field but it took the ambulence over 30 minutes to get there and it seemed much longer that. The kid was in serious pain. His leg was spasming... I'm surprised he didn't pass out. Somehow, the multiple fracture didn't go through the skin or I would have. Terrible injury. I heard that he had to drop out of school for a semester.
- As a building supervisor, you have to make sure to kick everyone out of the building at closing time, and then you walk around to make sure there isn't anyone lingering around. I could see some people being anxious about a situation like that. It's a big building and you are in there by yourself late at night. I always enjoyed closing up though. The architecture of the building is amazing. I'd always get chills walking up the steps to the lobby just from how impressive it was. When closing up, you'd get to explore every floor and every room, including the corridors that connected the building to Cliff Keen and Canham. Loved it. Anyhow... I was closing up one evening and everyone was pretty much out of the building other than a couple stragglers. One of the stragglers ended up being Marty Turco. He just wanted to shoot around for a bit so that's what I let him do.
|17 hours 43 min ago||leaned blue...||
...through childhood even though I did not come from a family that fostered it. Then 1989 happened and the deal was sealed.
|1 week 5 days ago||30-0||
|1 week 6 days ago||uh...||
McGary was on the 2012-2013 team.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||so...||
Hot teams get rewarded... except when they are the rival of the selection chair's school... and holy hell did Wisconsin get hosed.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||FWIW||
UCLA is projected as a 3. If we are a 6, I hope the committee avoids that rematch.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||40-40||
|4 weeks 21 hours ago||Worked for Rec Sports...||
...First as an Intramural Offical, then an Intramural Supervisor, and ultimately as a Building Supervisor at the IM Building. I didn't pay off any debt with the job but I enjoyed it immensely. I met some great people and the job involved being around sports. Although it was just Intramurals, there were certainly some high level players and some competitive contests. Also, as an IM Official and Supervisior, I would often see various Michigan Varsity athletes. The IM rules prohibited varsity players from playing their respective sport in intramurals but they could play other sports. It was pretty common for football players to play IM basketball, for example
A few memorable moments from the Rec Sport days:
|4 weeks 2 days ago||oil boy...||
...for Hawaiian Tropic bikini tours
Edit: I should have read through the responses first. Similar answer already given... although I like to think mine is more unique based on the nod to a certain classic film.
|4 weeks 5 days ago||aerodynamics and pitching||
effects of spin. effects of the seams. effects of spit and tar, for fun.
|6 weeks 2 days ago||What's worse than shitty OPs?||
How about replies just to announce they negged the OP?
|10 weeks 4 days ago||FWIW||
One of my neighbors was a teammate of Lester's at Western. He's excited about the hire.
|10 weeks 6 days ago||got it.||
So you are saying that you have proof.
|10 weeks 6 days ago||I'm not so sure...||
that you understand the definition of speculation.
|10 weeks 6 days ago||eh....||
We could debate whether Louisiana Lafayette and Nicholls should count as victories.
|10 weeks 6 days ago||cue the...||
Speculation of shenanigans.
|10 weeks 6 days ago||bad timing.||
WMU loses a lot of talent.... including Fleck's 2017 recruits.
|10 weeks 6 days ago||lose Wheatley.||
Take a swing at Hart? Not saying it would be an upgrade but perhaps equal level. Got to convince Hart to leave his home state of course.
|10 weeks 6 days ago||everyone else...||
...couldn't wait around forever for your seal of approval. Do better next time.
|11 weeks 3 hours ago||seriously...||
For anyone starting a new thread, not just the OP... A story that the users here might be interested in would have to pretty darn obscure for it not to go on the board within a day, if not as soon as it is broke. This is not obscure. It is a major story about our in state rival. Unless you didn't realize how old it is, it us silly to think you would be first. The SIAP tag is lazy.
|11 weeks 4 days ago||so....||
with one month left until NSD, you existed Fleck to sign all 4 stars?
|11 weeks 5 days ago||and who else...||
.. should Minnesota throw money at?
|13 weeks 4 days ago||4 degrees of separation...||
One of Leaf's backups at Washington State was Dave Muir. The Muir family consists of several Michigan graduates, including Mike Muir, Dave's brother. Mike played baseball for Michigan in the mid 90's, same time I was there. I knew a few of the baseball players, including Mike. Because of the connection, weak as it was, I developed a peripheral rooting interest for Leaf. Was tough to see him fall so far.
|13 weeks 5 days ago||...||
-the portion of our fan base that is arrogant... which leads to the generalization that the entire fan base is.
-the portion of our fan base that goes ape shit when it is pointed out that not everything about Michigan and our fans is sunshine and Kool-aid.
|14 weeks 1 day ago||Got a free Gear VR...||
...when I upgraded to a Samsung Galaxy S7. It is a poor man's entry into the VR World and has its limitations such as image quality but, since it is powered by Oculus, it does provide an opportunity to check out some apps before dumping money for a better system. My favorite app by far is NextVR. 360 cameras are positioned in various locations at live events (sports, concerts, etc.) so you get a feel that you are part of the crowd/audience. I've watched portions of a couple NBA games and a soccer match.
|14 weeks 2 days ago||Fox & Hound...||
...in Fort Worth. Apparently, the local alumni club meets there often. Went there for Alabama weekend. Was overun by U of M fans. .
|14 weeks 5 days ago||based on the votes||
Lurking the RCMB and then running here to report is supported behavior? I don't know where to begin.
|14 weeks 6 days ago||If you're||
not first, you're last. - Ricky Bobby
|15 weeks 5 hours ago||don't be naive||
Every top program does some form of negative recruiting against their competition. If your interpretation of negative recruiting is spreading baseless rumors, then your exasperation has some foundation but, even then, do you really have enough inside knowledge to know that it has never occurred by at least 1 recruiting staffer at Michigan?
|15 weeks 6 days ago||NTDP||
|15 weeks 6 days ago||Did you...||
...not only run to their board to see their reaction to AT commiting to Michigan, but then run back here to report that reaction? You belong with the RCMB.