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- The “Hey Dad, you wanna have a catch?” scene in Field of Dreams. LINK
The older Private Ryan’s salute at the grave marker of Captain John Miller at the end of Saving Private Ryan LINK
,The gas chamber scene from The Boy in the Striped Pajamas LINK
- Jim Craig skating with an American flag draped over his shoulders, and then, without the flag, looking in the stands for his father after the USA won the hockey gold medal game in the 1980 Winter Olympics. LINK
Harry Chapin’s Cat’s in the Cradle. LINK
|6 hours 12 min ago||Bad Move -- It's Not Wise to Make Joe Pesci Angry||
|6 days 10 hours ago||Let's Not Forget the Hanson Brothers in "Slapshot"||
|6 days 18 hours ago||Embed for Board|
|6 days 18 hours ago||Clouseau vs. Cato -- Always Good for Some Surprises||
And then there's a real old school sword fight that's considered to be among the classics:
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Here Comes The Weekend!||
May it be a safe and happy one for all MGoBloggers!
|3 weeks 1 day ago||EUTM 4 Acronyms!||
OT . . . SPCA . . . ABA . . . CNN . .. NPR . . . PBS . . . ESPN . . . USMC . . . NASA . . . DJIA . . . FDIC . . . MSRP . . . BYOB . . . KISS . . . MILF . . . ASAP . . . AARP . . . NTTAWT . . . BTN! HTTV! UM! USA! USA! USA!
|3 weeks 1 day ago||Depends on Whether Mr. Creosote Is in Your Dinner Party|
|3 weeks 1 day ago||OT/OT: Impact of UEFA Euro '16/Copa America '16 on Club Teams||
If France wins UEFA Euro 2016, then EPL's Arsenal will have players who played for the championship teams in Copa America 2016 (Chile’s Alexis Sanchez) and Euro 2016 (France’s Olivier Giroud and Laurent Koscielny.) It also means that, in order to allow them some well earned time off because of the extra matches they've played after the club season ended, those three might not see any EPL action until after the next international break in September.
The same well may be true for other Arsenal players like Joel Campbell of Costa Rica, Mesut Özil of Germany, Aaron Ramsey of Wales, Hector Bellerin of Spain, Jack Wilshere of England, Granit Xhaka of Switzerland, David Ospina of Colombia, Wojciech Szczesny of Poland and Petr Cech of the Czech Republic who play for teams that were in either the 2016 Copa America or Euro 2016. That would mean Arsenal could be missing 12 of their 31 first team players, including their three best goalkeepers for the first month of the EPL season – not a good position to be in.
I suspect that because this was one of the rare years when both Copa America and the European Championship were played in the same season, other club teams will be facing similar problems, especially those clubs that also will be playing in the Champions League or the Europa League this coming season.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||Seems Like It Was Only Yesterday . . . Congratulations, USA!|
|4 weeks 17 hours ago||The Kinsellas' Catch on the "Field of Dreams" and Some Others||
Among those that will bring some tears:
|4 weeks 2 days ago||Sports Directors' Cup Standings Question||
After ranking third behind Stanford and Ohio State in the last 2015-2016 Learfield Sports Directors' Cup standings (but only half a point ahead of USC), are you telling coaches that your mission is to see that Michigan catches and overtakes Ohio State and Stanford in the Sports Directors' Cup Standings?
|4 weeks 2 days ago||Lou Grant?|
|4 weeks 2 days ago||Answer Might Depend on "Location, Location, Location"||
In many northern towns in the United States, it’s hard to make baseball a year-round sport. Also, the cumulative effect of years of playing fast-paced video games might have drawn kids away from baseball even when the weather gets warmer and fields aren’t snow-covered.
Now, more young kids in my town are playing lacrosse or club soccer in the spring and early summer than are playing baseball. The local public high school baseball team used to be among the best teams in its group in the entire state and occasionally advanced to the state group championship game. In recent years, they’ve been lucky to even qualify for the state tournament. The high school’s lacrosse team has been steadily improving every year.
One of my sons rotated from soccer and football in the fall to basketball in the winter and baseball (local league and club travel team) and summer (all-star travel team) until he got to high school when he focued on basketball and baseball. He played high school baseball for three years, but stopped after his junior year of varsity baseball. School work became more important to him, and that paid off for him when he received his acceptance letter from the University of Michigan.
Another of my sons rotated from soccer in the fall to basketball in the winter to baseball in the spring (local league) and summer (all-star travel team) until he got to high school when soccer became his primary sport because it also was the sport at which he excelled. He never played organized baseball after eighth grade because he found it to be too slow-paced. Had lacrosse been available to him, he might’ve been drawn to it, but neither the town nor the local high school offered lacrosse until around ten years after he graduated from high school.
But that’s Life in a Northern Town.
|5 weeks 1 day ago||Embed for Board|
|5 weeks 1 day ago||Very True||
I've written below about an ordeal that kept me up for 124 hours with no sleep while engaged in settlement negotiations of complex litigation. I was actively involved in drafting and revising settlement documents after we'd reached agreement on the settlement details. Never before and never since would I experience the intense stress that focusing on those details required.
This happened about ten years ago, and I'm now in the Medicare generation, so the experience probably took a few months or years off my life.
Long after the fact, my client called to thank me for having caught some drafting errors that the other side had made. In hindsight, I'd have to say that I got very lucky.
There's no substitute for a good night's sleep,
|5 weeks 1 day ago||124 Hours -- I Don't Recommend It||
TL:DR Version: Litigation isn't always what they show in films and on TV.
Compared to the ordeals that military service members face during wartime, my experience was nothing. but it gave me greater respect for military service members and the stresses that they face every day when stationed in combat areas.
No sleep from 5:00 AM Monday through 9:00 AM Saturday. All for trial preparations and round-the-clock settlement negotiations of complex litigation that was supposed to start trial on Monday at 10:00 AM, but that lasted more than five days in settlement negotiations.
Lawyers met with the judge right before trial was scheduled to start, and after listening to brief discussions of the parties’ respective positions, the judge said, “This case should be settled. Go out to the jury room and get that settlement done.”
When the court building closed for the day, we went to one of the lawyer’s offices and continued to negotiate though the night. My partner told me to handle the negotiations without him, so he just had to make token appearances whenever we returned to court each day. The only breaks we got were to allow everyone to go home, shower, change clothes and get back to court.
I was the only lawyer whose home was an hour's drive from the city where the trial was being held. Because I never expected that we'd be engaged in round-the-clock negotiations, and couldn't predict each morning when or whether we'd get the case settled that day, I made the mistake of not arranging to get a hotel room in the city that week. Most of the lawyers on the other side of the case were from out of state, so they had hotel rooms to return to every night to get some sleep befoe we had to be back in court that day.
This went on until a settlement agreement was signed as the sun was coming up on Saturday morning. I went back to my office and took a three-hour nap before driving home. I'm very lucky that I stayed awake while driving home.
|5 weeks 2 days ago||Opponents Would Have A Song for Introducing North Dakota's Team||
Imagine having this song playing on a loop during North Dakota's pre-game skate and warmups.
|5 weeks 2 days ago||Not Many Superstar Players Become Superstar Coaches||
I'm somewhat ambivalent about this rumor of Klinsmann leaving the USMNT after five years at the helm.
It’s rare in professional sports for superstar players to become superstar coaches. Jürgen Klinsmann might be one of those superstar players who’s never become a superstar coach, despite having had some admirable successes. I just don't know whether there's a superstar coach or anyone much better than him in line to head up the USMNT program.
Credit to him for trying to elevate the USMNT to a position where it would be considered among the top ten national teams in the world. It just hasn’t happened; there’s no evidence that it will be happening anytime soon. But since 1993, the USMNT has been ranked among the top 25 teams in the world 17 times. The problem for Klinsmann is that since he took over the USMNT in July 2011, the USMNT has finished in the top 25 only once, in 2013 when it reached 14 in FIFA rankings. LINK
Credit to him for identifying some young players with dual citizenship who have grown up in other countries or who were born to immigrant parents who came from countries where soccer was the top sport, and who’ve had better training, and encouraging those players to join the USMNT.
Maybe having a national team that can be among the world’s top 20 clubs (if not the top 10), when there are so many alternative sports options available to youth in the United States, is about the best that we reasonably can expect. How many children in other nations are being encouraged to play the kind of football that most Americans watch? Or to play the slowly-dying, slow-paced game that not too long ago was thought to be America’s Pastime? Or to lace up some skates and shoot pucks on frozen ponds in winter? Or, as more American kids are discovering, to pick up a lacrosse stick and fire a ball against a concrete wall in some local schoolyard? Or to just sit in front of a computer or 60-inch, flat-panel TV while exercising nothing more than their thumbs while playing video games?
I’ve been following international soccer since I played the sport in high school when Lyndon Johnson was President of the United States and 18-year olds couldn’t vote. For me, I’m fairly satisfied that the USMNT has been qualifying for World Cup competitions in every cycle since 1990. The USMNT was absent from World Cup competition from 1954 through 1986. It either didn’t enter or didn’t qualify for the biennial CONCACAF Gold Cup from 1963 to 1981, but since it first entered the Gold Cup compeition in 1985, the USMNT has finished first or second ten times, while missing the championship game just five times. For me, that's progress. It's just not the USWNT program.
|6 weeks 1 day ago||Might Be Besler at Left Back; Johnson at Right Back||
|6 weeks 2 days ago||England Had Subs! And It WAS Crazy!||
Jamie Vardy and Daniel Sturridge came on at the half and scored the goals for England, giving Joe Hart and Roy Hodgson more time to breathe.
|6 weeks 4 days ago||"Let's Freak Out" -- Will Do|
|6 weeks 4 days ago||Soccer Enthusiast Here||
Rufus Xavier Sarsaparilla, I respect your opinion and I don’t consider you a “meathead” for not caring about soccer. No one who cares about the University of Michigan Wolverines sports can be considered a "meathead. Far from it.
There are numerous soccer blogs I regularly read, so if Brian Cook weren’t writing about professional soccer, I wouldn’t be annoyed. But I read and appreciate his comments about professional soccer because it’s a sport that I’ve followed since I was playing high school soccer in the 1960s. I was going to North American Soccer League matches in Fenway Park in 1968. I remember when Kyle Rote, Jr. was considered to be one of the top, up-andcoming American-born soccer players when he hadn't yet fully concentrated on soccer. By 1973, he was the NASL's Rookie of the Year. I saw Pelé play for the New York Cosmos at Yankee Stadium.
Off-topic threads on this blog about music, films, TV shows and human-interest stories like Vincent Smith’s #eating project and #ChadTough, among others, are fine with me.
I couldn’t care less about the Detroit Lions, the Detroit Red Wings and the Detroit Pistons and just about every one of the Detroit/Michigan-centric threads that don’t seem very relevant to someone like me who never has lived in Michigan or attended the University of Michigan. The only reason I have a small interest in the Detroit Tigers is because I know someone who’s playing for them. But I don’t complain about those threads. I just don’t read them.
MGoBlog is one blog that I read frequently because I’m the parent of a Double Wolverine and was indoctrinated into the Michigan Family during a Parents’ Orientation that ran concurrently with my child’s Freshman Orientation – long before I ever knew about MGoBlog. My rooting interest is focused on the University of Michigan’s sports programs, and this blog is the best place I know of for information about Wolverine sports.
|7 weeks 2 days ago||More Northern New Jersey Media Coverage||
From The Record of North Jersey and NJ.com
|7 weeks 4 days ago||Are Any of These Way-Too-Early ESPN Predictions Worth Reading?||
In recent years, the credibility of all of these media-generated, way-too-early, pre-season guesses about the teams projected to be the best in the country have been undermined by the facts that (a) few of them are based on any detailed review of the teams, and (b) none of them can safely predict the impact of incoming freshmen and transfers or injuries to key players.
The typical MGoBlog reader knows substantially more about Michigan’s prospects for the 2016 season than any national media member. If I really wanted to know more about the prospects for this coming season for Alabama or Clemson or Ohio State or Michigan State or any of the other teams on Michigan’s schedule for this season, I’d read what their dedicated bloggers and the local media who regularly follow those teams are saying.
While it's always great to see outsiders predicting a great season for any Michigan team, I have a feeling that the moderators of MGoBlog will be providing me with far more accurate information about Michigan Football's 2016 prospects.
|7 weeks 4 days ago||By The Best Way to Travel . . . The HARBUS||
|7 weeks 4 days ago||Sadly, Phife Dawg "Kicked It" on March 22||
As part of the Medicare Generation, there are times when I feel like my musical tastes may be stuck in the sixties. But I also realize that the times they are a changin'.
Before hearing Can I Kick It by A Tribe Called Quest a few years ago, I didn't like much of rap and hip-hop music; but I'm slowly coming around to appreciating that genre, especially after hearing that song and others from their 1991 album The Low End Theory and watching Straight Outta Compton and listening to the soundtrack from that film, as well as being introduced to songs from that genre by MGoBloggers who offer suggestions when off-topic, music threads pop up on the board.
Phife Dawg a.k.a "The Five Foot Assassin" (Malik Izaak Taylor) was a talented artist whose problems with diabetes cut his life too short.
|7 weeks 4 days ago||The "Next Level Football Camp" in NJ on June 8 Could Get Crazy||
Looking forward to learning how JOHN HARBAUGH’s presence at the Paramus Catholic Next Level Football Camp (because technically it’s NOT the University of Michigan Football Program’s Satellite Camp, despite the growing relationship between Paramus Catholic and Michigan) on June 8 will (a) cause an autograph frenzy and (b) impact JIM HARBAUGH’s relationship with the NCAA.
There’s an article today in one of the northern New Jersey newspapers about the Paramus Catholic Next Level Football Camp and, more specifically, Paramus Catholic’s Drew Singleton, considered the top rising senior in New Jersey, an Honor Roll student and a Michigan prospect. It mentions that in college he “wants to study business or finance with a concentration in property management.” Anyone know of a top university with a highly rated business school that might have a special connection to a real estate developer who happens to own an NFL team?
In addition to having 800 campers from eleven states and the District of Columbia (CA, CT, DC, DE, FL, MD, NH, NJ, NY, MA, PA, and VA), this camp will have New York area media coverage. I expect that it's going to be "crazy." (And there might even be subs. Maybe someone will bring along some of The Soprano heroes (in northern New Jersey, they still call subs hero sandwiches) from A Family Affair in Fair Lawn, the town next to Paramus, and about a six-minute drive from Paramus Catholic High School. The Soprano heroes/subs come highly recommended. LINK)
|7 weeks 4 days ago||FREAK OUT!!!! . . . Will Do|
|7 weeks 5 days ago||Some Perspective||
While taking the glass-half-empty approach might make fans of the University of Michigan’s sports programs believe that the sky is falling, a more optimistic view might be one in which some solace can be taken from the general accomplishments of the university’s athletes in many sports, even though national championships have been hard to come by in recent years.
The Learfield Directors’ Cup points standings measure the relative successes of intercollegiate athletics programs. In the final winter season standings, Michigan ranked third behind perennial champion Stanford and Michigan’s arch-nemesis, Ohio State. Considering that four of the top five and six of the top 15 schools in the standings are from the Big Ten, Michigan’s place in the standings is very impressive.
It may be true that the men’s and women’s basketball and lacrosse programs, as well as the hockey and baseball programs may need major talent upgrades, if new Athletic Director Warde Manuel wants to see Michigan overtake Ohio State and challenge Stanford for the lead in the Learfield Directors’ Cup points standings. But this should be a time to celebrate the Michigan athletes’ accomplishments, instead of dwelling on the negatives.
|7 weeks 6 days ago||SaigonBlue, Did You Play in This Game?|