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- Nice to hear from two (Frank Clark and Jack MIller) whom I couldn't recall having heard before.
- Surprised that there was no question about Frank Clark's weight gain and its impact, if any, on his play.
- Seem to recall having seen Jack Miller often staying close to David Molk on the sidelines during the 2011 season. Despite his comment about Molk's "lack of personality," has he been tutored by Molk? If so, what has he learned that is helping him now?
- Taylor Lewan remains the All-American Offensive Lineman and Superior Joker.
- Good response from Thomas Gordon about being all Thomas Gordon, and just some parts of Jordan Kovacs, now that he's expected to be the leader of the secondary . He understands that he has to learn from Kovacs, but also be his own man.
- Didn't hear, "Thanks for your time. Besta Luck." Did I miss something?
|19 hours 3 min ago||Another Short and Sweet - "Red" Was There||
Ellis Boyd "Red" Redding (Morgan Freeman) gets an honorary degree from Boston University and calls the school "one of the greatest universities on the planet" (also not from my own college graduation)
|19 hours 29 min ago||Short and Sweet||
Not from my own college graduation, but from a relative's college graduation ceremonies at Syracuse University in 2006 at the Carrier Dome (note Syracuse alum, Jim Boeheim's college rommmate, Detroit Pistons star, NBA Hall of Famer and Detroit Mayor Dave Bing seated near the commencement speaker on the left side of the screen)
|2 days 16 hours ago||Lady Olenna Tyrell, New BTN Studio Host|
|6 days 3 hours ago||Optional Alternate Ending||
Hadn't watched much of The Office in recent seasons, but caught last week's episode and this week's one-hour retrospective and the finale.
I liked how they wrapped it up, but I might've liked a scene added at the end where they'd show Stephen Root as Milton Waddams, seated at a desk in a basement storage area in the Dunder Mifflin office building, talking on the phone and complaining that if he doesn’t get his stapler back, he’s going to burn the place down. Cut to Dwight’s desk where a red Swingline stapler is seen resting under a stack of papers.
Good-Bye to new epsiodes of The Office . . . and now on to the return of Arrested Development
|1 week 2 days ago||"The Bear and The Maiden Fair" - Slow, But Steady||
Game of Thrones is one of the few non-sports, non-news/interview TV shows that I watch, and I’ve enjoyed it from the start. But not having read the books, I have no way of knowing how the story develops. I agree that while it might not have ranked among the best episodes of this series, there were several important developments that were played out in The Bear and The Maiden Fair, albeit slowly. (The scene with the bear was just too reminiscent of Anchorman for me to take it seriously.)
Even in slow-moving episodes of this series, on further reflection, there often are moments that seem forgotten, but that become memorable as the story progresses. Among the other developments from last night’s episode that I haven’t seen mentioned in this thread:
Early on, we saw Osha* arguing with the Reeds about how she and Hodor are doing all the work while JoJen Reed is rambling on about the visions he and Bran may share, instead of getting on with their trek to re-unite Bran and Rickon with Jon Snow at Castle Black. Osha suddenly reveals that she had a lover when she was younger. but that her man left her for war and then returned to her as a pale-skinned, blue-eyed White Walker whom she killed. (Could this be her way of suggesting that the further north they travel, the closer they might come to the White Walkers?)
We also saw Sansa and Margaery discussing their upcoming weddings with a hint that Sansa might actually enjoy her pre-marital, love-making lessons. (Perhaps that will be reminiscent of the episode when Daenerys was introduced to the method for pleasing Khal Drogo?)
*Osha may not be among the more popular characters in Game of Thrones, but I find her to be intriguing. In interviews, wild and crazy Natalia Tena reminds me of Ireland’s answer to Courtney Love. While she’s possibly better known as Nymphadora Tonks from the Harry Potter films, she’s also lead singer for the band Molotov Jukebox. "Get Ready" for Osha like you might’ve never seen her.
|1 week 4 days ago||Tuesday, July 16, 2013||
During the seventh inning stretch at Major League Baseball's All-Star Game at Citi Field in Queens, New York, home stadium of the New York Mets, also known as Wilpon Baseball Complex Northeast. . . . Attention please, ladies and gentlemen, now committing to the University of Michigan's Football Team 135 . . . Jabrill Peppers and Kyron Watson
|2 weeks 1 day ago||The Father-Son Non-Relationship||
Yes, his father played cornerback for the Patriots from 1989 to 1995. He had played for Southern University and had been the Patriots 4th pick in the 1989 NFL Draft.
Magnus, the surprising thing from your site's interview with Maurice, Jr. is that he has no relationship with his father. Not sure whether you'd seen this article about him, but there are some more details here: http://www.bostonglobe.com/sports/2012/09/04/rising-son/kpVntGLJAR8EMJrSiFyYCM/story.html Wonder whether he'll go back to wearing number 73 (the reverse of his father's number with the Patriots), now that number 11 has become a Michigan Legends jersey number.
Sounds like Michigan will have a good young man joining the football team this year; and if Notre Dame has Louis Nix taking snaps this coming season, then Maurice Hurst, Jr. running for Michigan out of the pistol or shotgun might be an interesting scheme for the Wolverines offense to consider.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Expanding the NCAA Field||
Expansion to 18 or 20 teams in the NCAA Tournament might be a few years away, but it seems likely that it will happen, unless some schools drop their programs.
In the next two years, five men’s Division One lacrosse programs will be added. In 2014, Richmond and Furman will be in the new Atlantic Sun Lacrosse Conference with Jacksonville, Mercer, High Point and VMI. Boston University will join the Patriot League (as it is joining for all sports in July 2013), and Monmouth will join the MAAC (as it is joining for all sports in July 2013). In 2015, Massachusetts-Lowell will start play in America East (as it is joining for all sports in July 2013). So, by 2015, there will be 68 Division One men’s teams.
The ACC might be able to entice Boston College or Pitt to step up to varsity. BC’s club team is 13-0 this year and ranked eighth in the latest MCLA Poll. Pitt’s club team is 11-7 and ranked 23rd in the latest MCLA Poll.
This year’s top two Division One club teams are Colorado (15-2) and Colorado State (17-0), so there might be some justification for one or both of those programs to go varsity to give Denver and Air Force more local competition. Colorado is adding a women’s varsity team.
Once there are at least 72 teams playing D-1 lacrosse, an 18 or 20 team field for the NCAA Tournament seems reasonable.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||J-Reall's 100M Time (Running With Groin Injury)||
Jabrill Peppers wouldn’t let an injury deter him from ultimate success.
The Paramus Catholic junior speedster set a meet record as he blazed to a 10.83 clocking to win the 100-meter sprint at Thursday’s sixth annual Don Bosco Ironman Invitational at Ramapo College.
Peppers, who slightly strained his right groin at last week’s Penn Relays, beat the mark of 10.95 by Hackensack’s Conroy Walker in 2010.
"I didn’t want to aggravate it but I ran overall pretty well. I came out of the blocks quick and just kept in a natural rhythm," Peppers said. "I’ve done as well as 10.8 this year and my personal best is 10.77 last year, but I think I can get it down to 10.4 by the time the states come around. That’s my goal and I think I can achieve it."
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Keep Michigan Football Rap Alive||
Let the tradition continue: D.Cone (David Cone) > JDK and Rey (Jack Kennedy and Joe Reynolds) > J-Reall (Jabrill Peppers)
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Over? Djusay Over?||
Expansion's over? Hell No!
|3 weeks 2 days ago||Locke'd Up||
Locke had been headed to Blackwater before the Stannis Baratheon invasion, but he got sidetracked on the way and wound up on the way to Stillwater.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||Sweetwater - The Forgotten Band from Woodstock 1969||
Getting stuck on their tour bus on their way to the original Woodstock Festival kept Sweetwater from appearing in the filmed documentary or on the soundtrack. But they were the first band to play at Woodstock 1969. From the what-might've-been files from that era, here's a sample of Sweetwater:
|4 weeks 2 days ago||Karma Analysis||
I've wondered what "Karma" on MGoBlog really means and how good karma can be received. Looking forward to your analysis of MGoBlog "Karma." . . . Not that you have to do it this instant.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||Wha Happened?|
|4 weeks 6 days ago||Prospects for Graduate QB Transfers in 2013||
The only realistic options for graduate transfers who have QB experience, NCAA eligibility, better skills than either Brian Cleary or Alex Swieca and a willingness to understudy Devin Gardner while preserving Shane Morris’s redshirt may come from some of the FCS schools where academics are a priority and acceptance to a MIchigan graduate program would not pose a problem - like the Ivies, the Patriot League and the Colonial Athletic Association. If none of those schools produce a willing and able transfer, then it looks like either (a) Cleary and Swieca will have to be holding the ropes next season or (b) Shane Morris will have to get prepared quickly to start in case of emergency.
Unless Devin Gardner performs so well in 2013 that he should become a first round NFL draft pick in 2014, Gardner, Morris and Russell Bellomy (unless he transfers if he suspects that he never would have another chance to start for Michigan) will be giving Wilton Speight (unless he opts to flip to N. C. State*) a redshirt season in 2014.
* I have no reason to believe that Speight would flip, even though N. C. State has offered him a scholarship and he supposedly has been an N. C. State fan. http://packinsider.com/2013/04/nc-state-offers-michigan-2014-qb-commit-wilton-speight/
|4 weeks 6 days ago||The Full Pre-Game Video|
|5 weeks 5 days ago||The Russians Are Coming, The Russians Are Coming||
|5 weeks 5 days ago||Good News for People of Connecticut||
This may have been weird looking. It may have been the "Anti-Final Four." And, to date, based on people actually in the seats at Pittsburgh's CONSOL Energy Center, as opposed to tickets sold, it may be the worst attended Frozen Four (a term coined by a former Boston University Sports Information Director*) in many years. But it shouldn’t be a complete surprise that three of the four schools that got there are little known to most sports fans, and the fourth, Yale, is much better known for its alumni who’ve "gone pro in something other than sports."
Of the 59 schools playing NCAA Division One men’s hockey, only 15 of them play Division 1A/ FBS football and only eight of them are from the BCS conferences (six from the Big Ten, two from the ACC, if Notre Dame now counts as an ACC school): Air Force, Army, Boston College, Bowling Green, Connecticut, Massachusetts-Amherst, Miami, Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Penn State, Western Michigan and Wisconsin.
It’s likely that more people in the United States watched the EPL’s Manchester Derby in which City beat United 2-1 this week before over 75,000 fans at Old Trafford than watched the semifinals of the Frozen Four.
Yet, considering all the focus that there has been on tragedy in Connecticut since last December 14, it’s nice that the people of Connecticut will have something good to celebrate this weekend.
*Link to article about this year’s Frozen Four and how that term was coined. http://bostonglobe.com/sports/2013/04/06/frozen-four-breaks-from-tradition/ceyojE9xgzDq0rTY2VH85I/story.html
|5 weeks 6 days ago||Some Impressions from Interviews||
|5 weeks 6 days ago||The Guards from Syracuse||
Michael Carter-Williams was an early Player-of-the-Year candidate this season. His draft stock may be as high now as it ever will be, so it’s no surprise that he decided to declare for the draft. It’s way too early to tell whether he’ll have much of a career in the NBA, but since Syracuse's NCAA championship season in 2003, here’s what has happened to the guards from Syracuse who were significant contributors there:
Billy Edelin (never played in NBA; whereabouts unknown); Gerry McNamara (undrafted by NBA; played professionally briefly in Europe and in the NBDL; now an assistant coach at Syracuse); Eric Devendorf (undrafted by NBA; played briefly in NBDL; subsequent stints in New Zealand, Australia and Turkey; currently plays in Ukraine); Josh Wright (played briefly in Europe; whereabouts unknown since arrest in Utica, NY prostitution sting in 2011); Jonny Flynn (6th pick of Minnesota Timberwolves in 2009 NBA Draft; averaged 13.9 ppg in rookie season; later played briefly with Houston and Portland in NBA; All-Star this season and starting guard for Melbourne Tigers in Australian National Basketball League); Andy Rautins (38th pick in 2010 NBA Draft; played briefly for New York Knicks and in Spain; starting guard and leading scorer for Tulsa 66ers of NBDL this season; member of Team Canada); Dion Waiters (starter and second-leading scorer for Cleveland Cavaliers this season); Scoop Jardine (occasional commentator for SNY TV)
|5 weeks 6 days ago||Gnarls Barkley and Patsy Cline Approve This Thread|
|6 weeks 9 hours ago||Single Wing Manball?||
Two weeks before last season started, Syracuse changed its entire offense, went with a hurry-up scheme, made Ryan Nassib an NFL QB prospect and finished with an 8-5 record after beating Geno Smith and West Virginia in the Pinstripe Bowl.
IF (perish the thought), the worst happens at Michigan and no graduate transfers materialize at QB, could we see the Single Wing Offense with high school QB Jeremy Gallon and high school running back/point guard Dennis Norfleet alternating at tailback in the original Manball Attack?
|6 weeks 21 hours ago||Thanks, DH16||
Still hoping that MGoBlue will have a full video of the welcome home ceremony from April 9 at Crisler Arena (or maybe they'll have another celebration for the intermission at the Spring Football Game that they'll put online), but here's the video of the first nine minutes from DH16
|6 weeks 1 day ago||Perfect Cricket Bowling Technique||
Expect that when this video is revised, we'll see the Denard Robinson technique added and approved by the International Cricket Council. Once again, Denard Robinson proves that he can excel in any sport after just one lesson.
|6 weeks 2 days ago||Rick Pitino's Boston Laboratory||
Rick was working in his lab late one night
Testing full-court pressure 'til he got it right
Using new formations after many tries
Then suddenly, to his surprise
His team got smashed . . .
Time for Mitch McGary's Monster Mash on Louisville. Go Blue!
|6 weeks 6 days ago||You're Welcome||
With the sad news of Roger Ebert's passing, I thought that an upbeat, positive review of what might be considered a comedy classic would be a good way to pay tribute to his career.
|6 weeks 6 days ago||Among Ebert's Most-Hated Films|
|6 weeks 6 days ago||Ebert's "Leave of Presence"||
Just a few days ago, Roger Ebert had announced his "Leave of Presence" from film reviews. Perhaps foreshadowing his imminent passing, Ebert then said, “On this day of reflection, I say again, thank you for going on this journey with me. I’ll see you at the movies.”
|7 weeks 16 hours ago||The Irony||
Just five years ago, a Rutgers University basketball coach was bringing positive national attention and pride to that university and establishing what should have been the ground rules for how athletes at Rutgers and at all universities deserve to be treated.