Mike Lantry, 1972
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- Blindfold the kicker
- Tie kicker’s legs together
- Ball for extra point attempt placed on batting tee
- Wiffle or foam footballs used for extra points
- Goal posts become a moving target
- Ball placed at 45 yard line and drop kicks are mandatory
- Randomly selected fan kicks the extra point
- Defense can’t rush the kicker, but CAN fire paintballs at him
- Raise the crossbar, so it’s 25 yards high
- Kicker’s approach covered by a Slip ‘N Slide
- Team’s mascot and cheerleader are snapper and holder
- I watched the Oscars and . . . got lucky that the Grammys broke out. Among the few highlights of the telecast for me were: Darlene Love’s brief musical performance when accepting an award for the documentary 20 Feet From Stardom; Pharrell Williams’s Happy; Pink’s Somewhere Over The Rainbow; U2's acoustic Ordinary Love – with Bono’s subdued shoutout to Darlene Love at the end; Bette Midler’s Wind Beneath My Wings after the In Memoriam tribute; and Kevin Spacey's brief appearance as Francis Underwood from House of Cards.
- Wondering whether Broadway star Idina Menzel was distracted and thrown off her game by John Travolta’s introduction of her as the wickedly talented Adele Azeem! Huh? Who? Was that some secret Scientology code? Is she that counter terrorism expert on Homeland? Oh, she’s probably that singer who’s going to get a Twitter account in the next fifteen minutes. That introduction was so awkward that it ruined the performance of Let It Go for me.
- Trying hard to think of the one joke from Ellen DeGeneres I thought was even slightly funny. There was one, but I can’t recall it.
- Next time Ellen DeGeneres orders pizza delivery for the Oscars telecast, she should check with the sponsors. Pepsi was one of the sponsors, so she ordered pizza from a place that has the Coca Cola logo on its boxes.
- NBC connections probably will prevent any improvement for next year’s Oscars hosts. Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, Will Ferrell and Kristen Wiig and Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake all might be better than Ellen DeGeneres.
- After last night’s show, I don’t think I’ll watch next year’s Oscars telecast, but I’d probably watch it if it were an internet show hosted by Jerry Seinfeld with a series of special guests – Comedians In Cars Delivering Oscars.
- I liked several of the Best Picture nominees more than Gravity. Two movies I liked better than Gravity (Blue Jasmine and Inside Llewyn Davis) weren’t even nominated for Best Picture; but I can’t fault Gravity’s wins in most of those technical categories.
- Although seeing Scarlett Johansson is better than hearing her, I thought her voiced performance in Her was one of the best acting performances by a woman in the films of 2013. Maybe the Oscars would’ve been better off without an onstage host this year, and just using Scarlett Johansson’s offstage voice to announce the nominees and winners.
- If they’re going to do a tribute to the Heroes of the Movies, just show the clips with David Bowie or The Wallflowers singing Heroes on the soundtrack.
- Score one for the big guys! Interesting that the In Memoriam tribute was bookended by James Gandolfini and Philip Seymour Hoffman.
- At the after-Oscars party for 12 Years A Slave did they invite Idina Menzel to sing Defying Gravity (the song she made famous frm the Broadway show Wicked)?
- Jeopardy star Ken Jennings summed it up for me on Twitter: My hero is me four hours ago before I had to watch that.
- 0 - Serving me with restraining order
- 1 - Phone number has only six digits
- 2 - Phone number starts with "555"
- 3 - Phone number no longer in service
- 4 - Chris Hansen answered call; police at my door
- 5 - Answered call; hung up after noticing number on Caller ID
- 6 - Will meet in public place for non-alcoholic beverage
- 7 - Will contact via Skype or Google Chat
- 8 - Sounds eerily like voice from 1-900-ORGASMO
- 9 - Will be over in half an hour; needs to change into "something more comfortable"
- 10 - Cue Paradise By The Dashboard Light
- Nok-Hockey/Air Hockey
- Fly Fishing
- Cliff Diving
- Double Dutch Jump Roping
- Competitive Eating
|9 hours 19 min ago||Will We Ever See Something Like This Again?||
25 years ago, the 16 vs. 1 upset almost happened.
|9 hours 41 min ago||Is Tom Cream Living . . .|
|3 days 2 hours ago||One Strange Move in USCHO's March 5 Bracketology||
Jayson Moy’s USCHO Bracketology Blog this week makes one strange move that causes Michigan (now 12th in the PairWise) to face Massachusetts-Lowell (now 8th in the PairWise) in the opening round.
Because you can’t have conference rivals Michigan and Wisconsin (now fifth in the PairWise) meet in the opening round, he moves UML out of the West Regional in St. Paul where it would’ve played 9th seed North Dakota in the opening round, and then, for "attendance reasons," moves Wisconsin to the West Regional to play North Dakota in the opening round while creating the Michigan matchup with Lowell in the Midwest Regional in Cincinnati.
Had he moved no teams out of their projected regions and just flipped Wisconsin and St. Cloud State (now fourth in the PairWise) in the opening round of the Midwest Regional, he would’ve avoided having the 12th and 8th seeds meet in the opening round, when usually (for "Bracket Integrity" reasons) the 12th seed would be playing the 5th seed, and the eighth seed would play the ninth seed in the opening round. That wouldn’t make it any easier for Michigan than having to play Wisconsin or Lowell in the opening round, but it would keep the seeds closer to a natural bracket.
|3 days 2 hours ago||May Need At Least Three More Wins*||
While the Customizable PairWise chart on the CHN Website contains far too many permutations to quickly predict the field for the NCAA Men's Hockey Tournament, if you just customize the results for Michigan and give the Wolverines three wins in the next four games, they'll move to tenth in the PairWise.*
A sweep of Michigan State and two losses to Minnesota drops the Wolverines to 13th -- still in the field, but dangerously close to missing out if there isn't another win in the Big Ten Tournament. Two wins over the Golden Gophers, but two losses to the Spartans or four ties (but what are the odds of that happening?) wouldn't be as bad (12th in the PWR), but that result seems less likely today than a split of the next four, with 2-0 vs. MSU and 0-2 vs.Minnesota.*
This is where you see how much the two losses to Penn State have hurt Michigan's chances to make the tournament field. Reverse just those results, make no predictions about the next four games, and Michigan now would be fifth in the PairWise. Reverse those results and have the Wolverines lose the next four games, and they'd only drop to 13th.*
* These results are limited to making changes just for Michigan, so it's not the best way to analyze the Wolverines' chances of making the field, but it was the quickest way to see what Michigan's chances of playing in the NCAA Tournament will be.
|3 days 20 hours ago||PizzaHaus||
You know Denzel Stromopoulos? Cool. I think he's good friends with Arsenio Billingham.
|4 days 22 hours ago||Other Suggestions Considered For NFL Extra Points||
|5 days 16 hours ago||Ian Bunting Needs Six More Samurai For U-M Team 135|
|5 days 16 hours ago||The Multi-Skilled Samurai|
|5 days 16 hours ago||Hoops Walk-On For Wolverines In 2014-15?||
Considering the article's mention of his love for basketball, despite not being a starter on his high school team, if he's going to get a redshirt year in football for 2014, and IF Max Bielfeldt decides to transfer after graduating this year, would Samurai Ian Bunting be considered for a walk-on spot on the 2014-15 Michigan basketball team? Or are two-sport athletes pretty much unacceptable at Michigan these days?
|5 days 17 hours ago||It's Worth Watching -- Available on BTN2Go||
Two interesting takeaways from the show for me: One was a mention that the status of a team’s roster could be a factor in determining seeding. The other was that, because of the unbalanced schedules in most conferences, a team's place in its final conference standings is not as important as its overall resume.
A team like Syracuse that started the season 25-0, mostly using an eight-man rotation, but (a) lost one of their three big men, DaJuan Coleman, to a season-ending injury, (b) has forward Jerami Grant nursing a back injury that his limited his playing time in recent games, (c) is 1-3 in its last four games, and (d) has been reduced to a six-man rotation, unless rarely-used freshman forward Tyler Roberson finally gets significant playing time, might slip a line or two in seeding, especially if it does not win a game in the ACC Tournament.
The panelists also mentioned that Virginia, the ACC regular season champion, still might not be seeded as high as another ACC team, because the Cavaliers have played each of the next four teams in the ACC standings (Syracuse, North Carolina, Duke and Pittsburgh) only once during this regular season.
This will be the first time in decades when Syracuse has not played its conference tournament games in the friendly confines of New York City’s Madison Square Garden. Based on the discussions on BTN’s Inside The Selection Process Show, if Wisconsin manages to beat Penn State at home and Nebraska on the road to end the regular season, and then does well in the conference tournament, it might be hard to deny the Badgers a one seed.
Although the BTN show gave Michigan the final two seed, most Bracketolgists have been putting the Wolverines on the three line lately. Besides having the chance to win the Big Ten regular seaosn championship outright, wins in Michigan's next two games will have considerable benefit on its seeding for the NCAA Tournament.
|6 days 18 hours ago||Next Time, Call For Subs||
'Cause that'd be crazy!
|6 days 19 hours ago||I Still Might Watch||
I’ve been watching Oscars telecasts since the days when I watched them in black and white. I like movies. I usually like the movie awards shows.
I have close relatives who’ve been involved in the movie business and I have memories of being on sound stages and film location shoots when I was much younger. I’ve got a friend who gets the Academy screeners during the time when Academy voters are voting for the nominees, so I often see several of the films on DVD while the films are still in limited theatrical release.
I’ve also represented Academy Award winners and some SNL alums, so I appreciate the efforts that go into producing a show like the Oscars and the difficulty in making the Oscar telecasts’ comedy memorable. I usually look forward to the Oscar telecasts. As I said, apart from some of the musical preformances, I just didn’t find last night’s Oscars show very entertaining.
As "event television," I think that the Grammys and the Golden Globes might have surpassed the Oscars now. And now that we’ve got the advantage of YouTube highlights after the Oscars have been telecast, I’ve reached the point where I probably can find a better way to spend four hours on a Sunday night in early March than watching the Oscars.
I also like Billy Crystal, and I remember liking him the first time I saw him perform his Muhammad Ali/Howard Cosell routine at a sports awards event at New York's Plaza Hotel in early 1975, long before he ever hosted an Oscars telecast.
|6 days 23 hours ago||Oscar Grouching||
|1 week 2 days ago||Too Early To Contact John Hynes?||
Young coach; now coaching Pittsburgh Penguins' AHL affiliate; experience coaching for USA Hockey's National Development Program in Ann Arbor; Wisconsin assistant in 2002-03; 1997 Boston University graduate who played on 1995 NCAA Championship team. LINK
|1 week 4 days ago||Future Nobel Prize Winner in Biology||
Years from now, we’ll be reading about how University of Michigan alumni Dr. Joseph Burzynski (Biomedical Engineering Major) and Dr. David Alexander Mitropoulos-Rundus (Cellular and Molecular Biology Major) have teamed up to win the Nobel Prize in Biology.
|1 week 4 days ago||Thread Title Confusion||
I read the thread title and thought that the J. Ira and Nicki Harris Family Head Football Coach at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor had become so enamored with his new title that he also had made himself a first stringer on Michigan’s offensive line. (Now, has anyone purchased the naming rights for Michigan's offensive line this season?)
|1 week 4 days ago||Numbered Ratings More Easily Adaptable For . . .||
eHarmony, Match.com. J-Date, Christian Mingle and other online dating services.
|1 week 5 days ago||If Only All Scales Had "Informal Ratings"||
|1 week 6 days ago||R.I.P. Dr. Egon Spengler||
With Shirley Temple Black, Peter O’Toole, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Roger Ebert, Jonathan Winters, James Gandolfini, Sid Caesar, Annette Funicello and now Harold Ramis, the in memoriam tribute during the Academy Awards telecast just became a bit more of a tear jerker.
Very sad news. But the tears will fade and the laughter will endure. . . . And now to determine whether human emotions will affect my physical environment.
|1 week 6 days ago||Does Damien Harris Resemble Another Great Kentucky Athlete?||
I look at that photo of Damien Harris and Doug Nussmeier at the Michigan-Michigan State basketball game and I see a slight resemblance between Damien Harris and another young athlete from Kentucky who was becoming a major sports figure fifty years ago.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Thanks, Mom|
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Yes; Touchdown!!!|
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Touchdown? Touchdown!|
|2 weeks 2 days ago||A Candidate From Outside The "Michigan Man" Box||
John Hynes: Head Coach of the Pittsburgh Penguins AHL affiliate for three seasons; experience coaching the USNTDP U-18s and U-17s in Ann Arbor and Team USA at World U-18 and World Junior tournaments; assistant at Wisconsin for a couple of seasons; played at Boston University from 1994-97 when BU had some NCAA tournament teams (won the NCAAs in 1995); had been considered for BU head coach job when Jack Parker retired after last season. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Hynes_(ice_hockey)
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Doubtful, If RPI and Strength of Schedule Matter||
Wichita State is good, but they've played just five games against the CBS Sports RPI Top 100 (one against the Top 25 -- a five-point win over number 12 St. Louis) and eight against teams ranked worse than 200. Florida has played 13 games against the Top 100 and only two against teams ranked worse than 200. Its two losses were on the road by six to Wisconsin (sixth in the CBS RPI rankings) on November 12 and by one to UConn (24th in the CBS RPI rankings) on December 2.
Wichita State is eighth in the CBS RPI rankings. That other team in Kansas, the 20-6 Jayhawks (4-4 against the Top 25), has played 20 games against the Top 100 and only one against teams ranked worse than 200. Kansas is ranked first in the CBS RPI rankings.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Today's "Knock Knock" Joke Ending: Orange Who?||
Orange you glad that Syracuse lost?
Syracuse is somewhat overrated, very lucky and probably very tired. Four of their five wins in February have been by a total of eleven points. They’ve won eight games this season by six or fewer points. With their next three games on the road at Duke (21-5; 10-3 in ACC) on Saturday, at Maryland (15-12, 7-7 in ACC) on Monday and at ACC leader Virginia (22-5; 13-1 in ACC) the following Saturday, they easily could lose their one seed in the NCAA tournament after those three games.
Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim almost never uses a deep rotation, relies on the 2-3 zone and rarely presses full court in order to keep his players rested. But against a team that shoots well from beyond the arc and plays decent pressure defense (as Boston College did last night), Syracuse is in trouble, especially when they’re shooting poorly (as was the case last night.) And yet, Syracuse had a chance to win that game in regulation.
They’re now down to six healthy regulars, five of whom have to play at least 35 minutes a game. Six-nine (and seriously overweight) sophomore DaJuan Coleman, one of their three centers, was lost for the season after he injured his leg in late December. Their second center, six-ten senior Baye Moussa-Keita, is recovering from a knee injury and played only two minutes against Boston College.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Later On "This Week In Mass Debating"||
Sport or No Sport:
|3 weeks 3 days ago||This Is Michigan . . .||
|3 weeks 3 days ago||And Never Forget . . .||
Joliet Jake BLUEs.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||You May Be Right||
It’s a great sport, but it might be as long as eight to ten years before lacrosse becomes Michigan’s fourth most popular sport (even though there’s evidence that in terms of revenue for Michigan, it’s already number four.)
Michigan’s entering a lacrosse league next year with Johns Hopkins, Maryland, Penn State and Ohio State, all of whom will have recruiting and talent advantages over Michigan for at least the next two years. During that time, Michigan probably will be battling Rutgers for fifth place in the Big Ten. The last Warrior Media Poll had Maryland ranked 6th, Penn State 7th, Ohio State 9th and Hopkins 13th. Hopkins had a close 10-9 home win over Ohio State over the weekend, so those rankings most likely will change.
If Michigan fans have patience, by the time the Wolverines have had at least five recruiting classes with Division 1 talent (2016), they should be at a point where they won’t be embarrassed in conference games. By 2020, in Michigan’s ninth season of Division play, it would be fair to expect that Michigan will be consistently at or near a .500 record, if not better, every year.
Next year should see some significant improvement for Michigan as it gets Goalie Gerald Logan back from injury and some incoming players with high ratings on Lax Power – Attack P. J. Bogle from Culver Academy (22nd ranked recruit in the nation), D-Middie Hugh Mosko from Boys’ Latin in Maryland (32nd ranked recruit in the nation) and Middie Chase Young from St. Joseph’s Prep in Pennsylvania (47th ranked recruit in the nation.) Michigan also will have three other players ranked in the 100-150 range of top recruits.
By comparison, Hopkins has ten of the Lax Power top 150 (nine in the top 100), Maryland has ten (five in the top 100), Ohio State has nine (five in the top 100) and Penn State has eight (seven in the top 100.) Rutgers recruiting has been terrible. They have no recruits in the Lax Power top 150 and five of their ten recruits range from 413 to 1466.