that's unfortunate, but at least the interest is there on both sides
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|1 day 7 hours ago||First Cars||
That I Drove . . . 1962 Oldsmobile Cutlass F-85 Convertible
That I Owned . . . 1974 Datsun 610
|1 day 21 hours ago||Wish Granted||
|1 day 21 hours ago||Happy National Haiku Poetry Day, MGoBloggers!||
Happy National Haiku Poetry Day, MGoBloggers!
Enjoy this day with
To mankind. Go Blue!
|6 days 10 hours ago||The "X" Files||
In order to succeed in NCAA lacrosse, it usually helps to have a good faceoff specialist, although there always are exceptions, like this year's Virginia and Marquette teams that have been ranked in the top 20 most of the season.
If he can qualify academically, get Sam Talkow from Boston University (fifth in the nation in faceoff winnning percentage for a program in its second year of varsity play) to transfer to Michigan for next season, and the Wolverines might be able to duplicate what Syarcuse has done this year with a transfer (Ben Williams from Holy Cross, like Boston University, a Patriot League school) "at the X."
Before today, Michigan was winning about 46% of its faceoffs. In today's game against Ohio State, Michigan won only 9 of 25 faceoffs. Talkow (a sophomore and former high school All American) wins around 67% of his faceoffs. Willliams (despite a rough second half against North Carolina in yesterday's loss when he won only 7 of 17 draws, after winning 14 of 18 in the first half) has been winning around 70% of his faceoffs this year for 'Cuse.
|1 week 1 day ago||Cheers to Michigan Hockey All Americans, Hyman and Larkin!||
Congratulations to Zach Hyman (West First Team ) and Dylan Larkin (West Second Team) who have been named AHCA All Americans. As expected, Boston University’s Jack Eichel became that school’s third Hobey Baker Award winner and the first freshman since Maine’s Paul Kariya in 1993 to win that award. Eichel and Larkin were the only freshmen named to the All American teams.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Sorry. I'm Old. Unfortunately, My Memory's Not That Great.|
|2 weeks 3 days ago||This One Time . . . At Band Camp . . .||
I was practicing with this kid named Rick Astley, and he came up with the best idea for an April Fools' Prank that I'd ever heard of . . . and he swore that it would work. But I forgot what it was.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Marla Hooch! . . . Hooch!|
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Is The 20th Century Almost Over?|
|2 weeks 3 days ago||They're Baaaaack|
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Would You Say That Could Be A . . .||
Slam Dunk Prediction?
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Patton Oswalt's "Parks and Recreation" Filibuster|
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Also Heard On The Street||
You can't be a true Michigan fan if you don't have a lifetime subscription to the Detroit Free Press.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Recently Heard on the Street||
Mike Jones? Who DOESN'T know Mike Jones? EVERYBODY knows Mike Jones!
Don't you really miss those Jim Carty articles in the Ann Arbor News?
I wish that Denard Robinson had transferred when Tate Forcier won the starting quarterback job?
It'd be great if Michigan could just get a new fight song.
Of course it's safe to loan $100,000 to Jack Johnson's dad. He'll pay you back with 10% interest.
I just got the nicest email message from Dave Brandon.
Can we get a petition going to do away with night football games at The Big House?
Did you hear that Kate Upton agreed to pose for Kyle Kalis at his art studio, provided that Spike Albrecht agrees to play "Game of War" with her?
Of course Greg Garno from The Michigan Daily is right. Rick Reilly's still writing the back page for Sports Illustrated. They're just putting a different person's name and photo on the column every week.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Stand-Ups||
Leaving out sketch comedians like the Monty Python troupe, Peter Cook and Dudley Moore, the Saturday Night Live players, the SCTV, Fridays and Laugh-In performers and others from TV and movie comedies, forgetting off-stage issues, and just focusing on stand-up (in alphabetical order):
Woody Allen, Jack Benny, Lewis Black, David Brenner, Albert Brooks, Lenny Bruce, George Burns, Louis C. K., George Carlin, Johnny Carson, Dave Chappelle, Bill Cosby, Billy Crystal, Rodney Dangerfield, Redd Foxx, Zach Galifianakis, Gilbert Gottfired, Buddy Hackett, Alan King, Sam Kinison, Robert Klein, Denis Leary, David Letterman, Richard Lewis, Howie Mandel, Steve Martin, Groucho Marx, Larry Miller, Eddie Murphy, Bob Newhart, Richard Pryor, Don Rickles, Chris Rock, Mort Sahl, Jerry Seinfeld, The Smothers Brothers, David Steinberg, Robin Williams, Jonathan Winters, Steven Wright
|2 weeks 4 days ago||My Favorite Fifteen||
So many memorable moments and quotes. Hard to rank them other than in alphabetical order:
A League of Their Own, Fargo, Fight Club, Forrest Gump, Goodfellas, Good Will Hunting, Office Space, Saving Private Ryan, Schindler’s List, Se7en, The Big Lebowski, The Shawshank Redemption, The Silence of the Lambs, The Sixth Sense, The Usual Suspects
The greatest trick the Devil ever pulled was convincing the world he didn’t exist. [SPOILER WARNING: DON'T WATCH THIS IF YOU HAVEN'T SEEN "THE USUAL SUSPECTS."]
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Those "Niche" College Sports Can Be Great||
Other than the six Big Ten hockey schools, Notre Dame and Boston College, none of the 59 Division One hockey schools play in the major college football and basketball conferences. Next season, Arizona State will become the ninth member of that power conference club to play Division One hockey.
Imagine having Butler, Davidson, Florida Gulf Coast, George Mason, Northern Iowa, Valparaiso, VCU and Villanova making the NCAA basketball Elite Eight almost every year, and then you can picture what NCAA Division One hockey is like.
But don’t get me wrong. I think that Division One college hockey (much like Division One men's lacrosse) is a great sport with some great traditions; and if you’ve yet to see a game at Michigan’s Yost Ice Arena, then THAT’s an event you should add to your Bucket List (and don't miss the between-the-periods action.)
|2 weeks 5 days ago||See Last 3:32 of Regulation of 2009 NCAA Hockey Championship||
Miami, up 3-1 in the NCAA Championship game, got burned by a team that pulled its goalie for most of the final 3:32 to play in regulation . . . and then lost in overtime 4-3 to Boston University.
On the Boston University team were nine players who would play at least one game in the NHL (Nick Bonino, Colby Cohen, Matt Gilroy, Eric Gryba, John McCarthy, Brian Strait, David Warsofsky, Colin Wilson and Brandon Yip.)
|2 weeks 6 days ago||He Also Was A Good College Hockey Player||
Dean Blais was on the All-Tournament Team in the 1971 NCAA Hockey Tournament when only four teams were in the tournament (two from the East and two from the West.) His Minnesota team lost 4-2 to Boston University in the championship game.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||There's Always Room For HELL-O||
|2 weeks 6 days ago||I Like Their Warmup Music|
|2 weeks 6 days ago||These Guys?||
|3 weeks 1 day ago||Before The Team Runs Onto The Field||
People will come. They'll come to Michigan for reasons they can't even fathom. They'll turn up State Street or Main Street not knowing for sure why they're doing it. They'll arrive at the gates as innocent as children, longing for the past. "Of course, we won't mind if you look around," you'll say. "It's only $(fill in the amount) per person."
They'll pass over the money without even thinking about it: for it is money they have and peace they lack. And they'll walk out to the bleachers; sit there wearing their maize and blue Michigan gear on a perfect afternoon. They'll find they have reserved seats somewhere around the Big House along one of the sidelines or in the end zones, where they sat when they were children and cheered their heroes. And they'll watch the game and it'll be as if they dipped themselves in magic waters. The memories will be so thick they'll have to brush them away from their faces. People will come.
The one constant through all the years has been Michigan football. America has rolled by like an army of steamrollers. It has been erased like a blackboard, rebuilt and erased again. But Michigan football has marked the time. This stadium, this game: it's a part of our past. It reminds of us of all that once was good and it could be again. Oh... people will come. People will most definitely come.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||Would You Consider Something Like This?||
First weekend, games played at campus sites for top eight seeds. If the regular home arena isn’t available for some reason, give the higher seed an option to play at an available nearby arena.
Second weekend, re-seed the remaining eight teams and play at home arenas of four highest seeds. Again. if the regular home arena isn’t available for some reason, give the higher seed an option to play at an available nearby arena.
Third weekend is the Frozen Four, rotated between Boston and Minneapolis/St. Paul for two of every three years, and have the third year’s Frozen Four in some other large-city location where there's an NHL arena.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||The Undrafted Free Agents||
Injuries impacted this draft, but here's the list of undrafted players:
Bo Dever - WR, Kenneth Sloss - WR, Brian Cleary - QB, Joe Hewlett - QB/DB, Ramsey Romano - QB (Shortstop; Leadoff Hitter), Matt Thompson - QB, Jack Wangler - WR, Drake Johnson - RB, Matt Mitchell - DB, Travis Wooley - DB, Nick Benda - LB, Kyle Seychel - K/P, Shaun Austin - S, Bobby Henderson - FB, Francois Montbrun - DB, Nick Volk - FB, Sione Houma - FB, Joe Beneducci - FB, Ryan Tice -K/P, Scott Sypniewski - LS, Brady Pallante - FB/DT (HWT Wrestler), Deyanco Hardwick - FB, Anthony Dalimonte - DB, Andrew Robinson - LS, Alex Kaminski - LB, Ben Pliska - OL, Michael Wroblewski - LB, Dan Liesman - LB, Nikhil Brueggeman - OL, Leon Johnson - DL, Khalid Hill - TE, Jaron Dukes - WR, Brad Anlauf - WR (Backup Forward), Kenny Allen - K/P
|3 weeks 3 days ago||West Virginia Is The Leader In The Clubhouse For All-Name Team||
|3 weeks 3 days ago||Only Rule for Georgia Satellites Camps . . .||
Keep Your Hands To Yourself
|3 weeks 4 days ago||Consider Plumbing||
It can be backbreaking work and it’s not as easy as people think, but it’s a good trade, and we aren’t going to be outsourced any time soon. I’ve worked for some lawyers, so I know a little about their arrogance and also about their dissatisfaction with their work. Lawyers like to talk.
Last week, I was called to fix a heavy leak caused by a frozen pipe in a lawyer’s home in the suburbs of New York City. As I go down to the basement, I hear the lawyer start complaining to his wife that his prominent, hot-shot law partner just took credit for a big settlement for which the lawyer had done most of the work. The lawyer said that he’d gone six days without sleep to negotiate the deal, that his client was thrilled, and the judge complimented him for his efforts.
The lawyer comes down to the basement after about fifteen minutes to check on what I was doing. By then, I’d been able to stop the leak by cutting off the water from the line into the house and sealing the pipe that leaked. I put some insulation on the pipe, set up a heat lamp to unfreeze the pipe and went back to my truck to get some more parts.
I took another fifteen minutes or so to finish the work and get the water flowing freely again. I had the lawyer and his wife check all the faucets and shower heads in the house to make sure that water was coming through, and I went back out to my truck to get the bill.
When I hand the lawyer a bill for $300.00, he gets furious and starts yelling at me, like he’s John McEnroe and I’m the tennis official sitting in the chair, “You can’t be serious! I’m a partner in a major Manhattan law firm. I work on very important cases. Even I don’t make that kind of money for half an hour of work!”
“Neither did I when I was a lawyer,” I told him.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||NEVER Underestimate The Power Of . . .||
Michigan fans' online voting prowess.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||Hyman's Great, But This Guy's In SEVENTH Place In The Voting?||
Boston University's Jack Eichel Led the nation in points, assists and +/-; conference Player of the Year and Rookie of the Year; first team all-conference; all tournament team in conference tournament in which he won the MVP for a team that's one of the top seeds in the NCAA Tournament after winning the regular season and conference tournament championships; possibly going in the top two or three of the upcoming NHL Draft. . . . and he's only a freshman.
Looks like there's a pretty strong anti-Eichel sentiment, because he wasn't even selected as the best American college hockey player in his region, losing to Harvard junior Jimmy Vesey who led the nation in goals for a team that finished sixth in the ECAC, but won the conference tournament.
Looks like Zach Hyman could become the Hobey front-runner. Since the NCAA hockey tournament expanded to 12 teams in 1988, has there ever been a Hobey Baker Award winner whose team did not make the NCAA tournament?