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|1 week 4 days ago||No Concessions at Michigan Stadium||
Michigan Stadium concedes nothing! Ticketholders pay huge prices but get no breaks. Ushers confiscate anything that even looks like a bottle. Ladies, leave your big purses in the car. Men, leave your binocular cases in the car. Well, OK, ushers will allow one of those narrow little seat cushions, but that's about it. Otherwise, sit in your assigned seat, look directly on the field, and soberly concentrate on (i.e., enjoy) the game.
Oh, wait . . . you're talking about a "concession" as in the license Michigan Stadium grants to certain vendors to "undertake and profit from a specified activity"? Well, from the prices those vendors charge it doesn't look like much a "concession" there either.
But will I pay those high ticket prices and high hot dog prices, leave my binocular case in the car and sit in my assigned seat and cheer for my team? You're damn right --- Go Blue!
|1 week 6 days ago||Nostalgia||
I'd like nothing better than to see this M-Wisconsin series revert to the way it was back in the day when a W on the schedule meant a W in M's win column. For this fall, omewhere around M 38, W 14 would do it, I think.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Gerry DiNardo . .||
has said, says, and will say a lot of things about BIG football generally and about M specifically that have turned out, do, and will turn out to be exaggerations. And hey, at this stage in the season every team has a chance to go undefeated.
M is no doubt a good team and might be a great team who will put out another first-year QB, whose O-line has never been better than OK and whose starting RB needs to be really healthy. Receivers are good to excellent. The D, especially if the LBs turn out to be good, will keep M in a number of games and in several could well supply the victory difference.
Of course I hope Gerry's right, but let's check back with him after the Wisconsin, Iowa, and MSU games and see how he feels then.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Sorry||
I don't board the hype train until at least one rivalry win and no hiccups against lesser opponents. The hype already borders on out-of-control, which only enlarges the target on the team's back as week after week they will face teams that will love to knock them off.
M will be good, but it will really have to earn its hype on the field.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||One of the Better Headlines||
I still remember when Kenny decided against a fifth year, opting instead to attend Harvard Law School. The Freep headlined its story: "Bo loses player to academics."
|3 weeks 3 hours ago||All swimmers are not created equal||
A good example of the fact that swimmers train for and specialize in certain events is last night's 4x200 relay. Nathan Adrian, one of the best 100-meter freestylers in the world, did not anchor or even swim in the longer relay. Nathan is a sprinter, not a distance guy. His speciality is two lengths of a 50-meter pool, not four. Other swimmers on the U.S. team are better at 200 meters than is Nathan.
And don't compare Michael Phelps to anyone. Michael is a once-in-a generation talent who has mastered all the swimming strokes to world-class level --- some strokes better than others maybe, but he has mastered them all. Very, very few other swimmers have ever done that.
|3 weeks 3 hours ago||Kudos to Michael||
I read that after his second DUI Michael Phelps had an epiphany (i.e., an "intuitive grasp of reality") after which he quit drinking altogether and rededicated himself to his sport. It certainly showed last night. And mercifully the past four years of Chad Le Clos's sophomoric antics and smack-talking are now at an end. Michael shut him up in the best possible way: by beating the trunks off him in the pool.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||Nathan Adrian||
Let's also give a shout-out to Nathan Adrian, who swam the 4 x100 relay anchor in 46.97 --- 6 100s of a second off world-record time.
|7 weeks 4 days ago||Some Like it Blue||
"Beauty in things exists in the mind which contemplates them." David Hume (1711-1776)
Because we tend to view such matters as football uniforms through a maize and blue filter, we tend to think Michigan's is the iconic uniform in all of college football, which is fine, and who cares what anyone else thinks?
|8 weeks 2 days ago||Iceland||
already made a little history by engineering the very early "Brexit" of the England side. Don't see a repeat against France, however. It'll be great to hear all those folks shouting "Go Blue" in French for their national team (nicknamed "the Blues"): Allez les Bleus!"
|8 weeks 5 days ago||Math as a life skill||
Just returned from spending a few days in Savannah, GA. While walking the waterfront a container ship cruised by, on its way to the port terminal. The ship was home-ported in Haifa, Israel, and carrried (my guess) about 3 to 4 thousand containers. After the ship berthed, cranes began plucking the containers off the vessel and onto waiting tractor-trailers. The order in which the containers came off and the order in which the waiting trucks received them was completely synchronized, each container landing on the next truck in line that would deliver that container to its appointed destination.
How much math was involved in scheduling and prioritizing the onloads in Haifa and other ports, and the offloads in Savannah? Someone somewhere developed the algorithms necessary to sychronize all the aspects of this complicated process. And whoever it was studied a lot more than "quantitative literacy" in college.
|9 weeks 6 days ago||Well,||
Given current events, many --- including me --- have serious questions about the extent of intelligent life on earth. But that said, yes, intelligent life most likely does exist in some faraway galaxy.
Stephen Hawking points out in his book The Grand Design that "our universe seems to be one of many, each with different laws." He says this multiverse theory is "a consequense of the "no-boundary" [i.e., expanding universe] condition," which in turn means that "in the same way that the environmental coincidences of our solar system were rendered unremarkable by the realization that billions of such systems exist, the fine-tunings in the laws of nature can be explained by the existence of multiple universes."
And Hawking says that insofar as the complexity of nature being the work of an intelligent designer is concerned, "just as Darwin and Wallace [Charles Darwin and Alfred Russell Wallace, a co-founder of the natural selection theory] explained how the apparently miraculous design of living forms could appear without intervention by a supreme being, the multiverse concept can explain the fine-tuning of physical law without the need for a benevolent creator who made the universe for our benefit."
So yes, somewhere among the (Carl Sagan's) "billions and billions of stars" is a galaxy in which some lifeforms dwell in accordance with natural laws probably quite different from those that govern us.
|10 weeks 3 days ago||Gotta Agree||
I've visited most BIG sites over the years --- including Wisconsin and OSU --- but have found none that beat the UM tailgating experience, either at the golf course or in the Victors/Champions sections near the stadium.
And yeah, that relegation to the MSU outback on Farm Lane or wherever, the ever-vigilant Kampus Kops looking for anything alcoholic, and that trip on the damn bus to and from the staduim make Moo U the worst tailgate in the conference --- at least among the seven or eight I've visited.
|12 weeks 3 days ago||Anecdote||
This might be apocryphal, but I heard it from a reliable source who said he witnessed the event.
Some years ago, the Detroit papers reported Muhammad Ali would be in town for some legal proceeding at the Federal Building. A young man came to the courthouse with a picture of Ali hoping to score an autograph. He actually did confront Ali in the hallway outside a courtroom and asked Ali to sign his photo.
Ali took the picture and said to the youing man, "What's your name?"
"James," the young man answered.
Ali took out a pen and scribbled on the photo, and returned it. "Here you go," he said, and walked away.
The young man looked at the photo, which now read, "To James, the only man who can whup my ass. Muhammad Ali."
|12 weeks 4 days ago||Interesting||
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution's long article on Thursday discussed about every aspect of Coach Jimmy's camp here in Atlanta, but said nothing about any alleged NCAA "rules infractions." If there were anything to this so-called incident, you can be sure they would have printed it.
But the article did have a fair bit to say about UGA coach Kirby Smart making a token camp appearance, while his position coach was never far from the two UGA O-line commits who attended the camp. Smart clearly intended not to let Coach J anywhere near them.
|15 weeks 3 hours ago||Good Memories||
Thanks for the video. I was at that game as part of the UM Alumni tour. A great trip, including as it did a good UM win (despite the team contending with some jet lag and an inspired Hawaii team) and on Sunday, December 7th, going to Pearl Harbor to observe the 45th anniversary of the attack that brought the US into WW II. Many members of the Pearl Harbor Survivors were there and offered fascinating personal insights into their experiences on that fateful day.
In Honolulu we stayed in the same hotel that the team used. While on the elevator, one team member was holding the door for a teammate. “Come on, Greg, hurry up!” he said. I allowed as how I thought Greg McMurtry was supposed to be fast. “Naw, the door-holder said, “He’s slow." Maybe he was slow getting to the elevator, but his onfield performance was quite the opposite --- a great player.
|20 weeks 6 days ago||This is a University of Michigan sports blog||
And it's great that many posters are fans who have no formal connection with the University. But hey, if you do post here, try to observe basic rules of grammar and try to ensure that your words are correctly spelled. A submission replete with grammar errors (it's for its, there for they're, etc.) and misspelled words reflects poorly on the poster and on the credibility of the post. I mean, would you submit a job application or an admissions app essay without checking it over first? If you have something to say, it will carry much more weight if it's grammatically correct and spell-checked. Your teachers and parents might even thank other posters for helping you out! :) If, however, you simply dash off whatever and post it, look out because the grammar police lurk here. They will detect you, and more power to them.
|21 weeks 1 hour ago||You're exactly right||
When the Georgia legislature axed the state tax credit for plug-in vehicles, it also imposed a maximum $200 dollar "road user fee" or whatever on EV drivers, payable on license tag renewal (owner's/Lesee's birthday). We use the roads but don't buy any gasoline, which as you point out, the taxes on which are earmarked primarily for road maintenance. So yes, that's another cost of electric vehicle ownership, but one that everyone has to admit, however grudgingly, is fair.
|21 weeks 2 hours ago||Nissan Leaf||
I have about 8 months left on my 3-year Nissan Leaf lease. The car was extremely popular here in Georgia while both the federal and a $5000.00 state tax credit were available (the legislature recently axed the state credit). Still, many remain on the road and charging stations are widely available.
The Leaf is the ultimate commuter and grocery-getter vehicle. While I was still commuting I drove about 45 miles round-trip. The car has an onboard timer so I'm able to plug it in during the evening. At 3:00am it begins its charging cycle, and by 6:00am it's fully charged. The effect on our electiric bill, especially now that I'm not driving it as much as previously, is about $5-$6 per month, using Georgia Power's super offpeak rate. In terms of maintenance, when I leased the car I purchased a contract from the dealer that provdes me with free maintenance during the life of the lease. But the maintenance doesn't amount to much --- no oil and filter change, no fuel/water pumps, no timing belt, really, almost no nothing. Every 6 months the dealer checks the car over, rotates the tires, and gives it a wash and clean.
The Leaf's +/- 80-mile range is adequate for most driving in and around a large metropolitan area such as Atlanta. For commuting, errands, and maybe delivering/picking up schoolchildren it's ideal. But it's a second car: don't even consider long trips without extensive preplanning on where to find charging facilities. Personally I wouldn't drive it anywhere without knowing that, absent a guaranteed charging station en route, I had enough car juice to get there and get back.
Would I get another Leaf? No, but if I were still commuting I would consider it. The range limitations now rule it out for me. But a Tesla? Hell, yes. The advantages of driving a quiet, nearly maintenance-free, high-performance electric vehicle --- especially one with decent range --- are too good to pass up.
|28 weeks 1 day ago||Transfer then||
If one or the other of these QBs is afraid of the competition, he should transfer. And especially if Dylan redshirts, abundant PT should be available for both.
|28 weeks 4 days ago||I Agree||
Caris's continued absence from the lineup and Beilein's somewhat inconsistent public statements might be only the part of the iceberg that we see.
|28 weeks 6 days ago||Shift that Paradigm!||
Paul Finebaum’s Trump-Harbaugh comparison had no political connotations. Trump has defied conventional political wisdom with his quest for a possible presidential nomination. Demagoguery and xenophobia aside, political insiders are outraged, while the media, seeing headlines in his every move, latch on to his every word. Some say Coach Harbaugh also defies any so-called gentlemen’s club coaching rules by his satellite camps and by giving new meaning to “spring practice” and ”spring break," while the media eagerly report everything he does.
For all that, I still would not compare Coach Harbaugh with Donald Trump. I would compare him with Willie Sutton, the famous bank robber. When asked why he robbed banks, Sutton defiantly replied, “Because that’s where the money is." Similarly, if a reporter were to ask Coach Harbaugh why he holds satellite camps in Alabama and spring practices in Florida, he might reply, “Because that’s where the recruits are."
From Florida through Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, and Texas, the pool of good football players has sustained the SEC for years. Of course, before the late 60s-early 70s many of those good players went north because SEC schools wouldn’t admit them, but that’s another story. Still, it’s now time to let those good players know that once again, they have great options above the Mason-Dixon Line, and Coach Harbaugh is just the man to do it.
|29 weeks 1 day ago||Thank you||
I must admit that initially, I had some concern about my decision to give up basketball for Lent. Now I see it was the right thing to do. Thanks again.
|29 weeks 1 day ago||#25||
A shout out for Dymonte Thomas. Started as a special-teams guy then worked his way into the safety rotation and as a senior will be the man at FS, all while earning BIG academic honors along the way. Whether or not his football continues to the NFL, Dymonte will leave with a Michigan degree and we hope, a successful life before him. Go Blue!
|29 weeks 4 days ago||Is Khaleke a "Scatback"?||
My own recollection of a football term I hadn't heard in years was that a "scatback" was a small, elusive ballcarrier whose speed and dodginess compensated for lack of bulk. A short Google turned up the name of the legendary (in Georgia, anyway) Clint Castleberry, who played one season at Georgia Tech in 1942 before departing for the military.
Weighing in at (a probably soaking wet) 155 pounds and standing all of 5'9", Clint tore up Southern gridirons in the fall of 1942. Tech went into its final game with Georgia undefeated and nationally ranked. Although Tech lost that game to a powerful Georgia team and lost to Texas in the Cotton Bowl, it ended the 1942 season at 9-2 and ranked #5 in that year's AP poll. For the record, in 1942 Michigan finished a 7-3 season ranked #9 in the AP poll.
Clint Castleberry was the archtype "scatback." So even if Khaleke Hudson were to become a running back, at 6'0" 206 lbs he would hardly qualify as a "scatback," regardless of his 40 time and ability to turn on a dime. And indeed, whether another authentic "scatback" ever takes the field at the BCS level anywhere is probably doubtful at best.
|30 weeks 1 day ago||The Letter||
Look out for the TCM showing of "The Letter," a 1940 film noir drama starring Bette Davis and Herbert Marshall. In the famous opening scene Bette almost empties her pistol into her boyfriend, who rolls down the front steps of Bette's Singapore house. Bette claims self-defense, but a letter in the possession of the (now late) boyfriend's Chinese wife would reveal that defense as wholly fabricated. The storyline then largely deals with Bette and her lawyer's efforts to retrieve the letter and keep its contents secret --- from the jury and from Bette's husband, poor old Herbert Marshall.
One of the many great things about this film is its production values. In those days Warner Bros. had technical people every bit as good as MGM's, and the black and white photography in "The Letter" is about as good as it gets. Anyway, give it a look if you can.
|30 weeks 2 days ago||"Us" is the objective case of "we"||
So "Who has it better than we have it"? . . .indeed. No one, insofar as I'm concerned. Just "give us this day our daily recruiting hype." Wednesday fast approacheth, and who's more excited than we?
|31 weeks 6 days ago||You're absolutely right||
Despite the apparent staff conclusions that, after review, Swenson's talent and technique were below Michigan standards and that other, more talented recruits were competing for that scholarship slot, Michigan should have honored its commitment. Swenson would then have most likely spent 4 years on the practice squad and, at the 2019 Football Bust, have received a participation trophy.
Of course Swenson could have gone somewhere else where he might be a 4-year starter and could have had a rewarding college football experience. But hey, this is Michigan where integrity rules, regardless of whether it's in Swenson's best interests.
|31 weeks 6 days ago||What Commitment?||
If Mr Johnson is a "Michigan Commit," what's he doing pulling hats on Signing Day? If he is not honoring any "commitment" to M, does M need to honor any commitment to him? My guess is M will continue to recruit as if he's uncommitted, and, as someone said earlier, if Johnson selects M on Signing Day, M will honor that decision if a spot's available for him. If not, M's response is "too late!"
|34 weeks 1 day ago||One of the added benefits||
of attending a game like the Citrus Bowl is witnessing some "off-camera" moments. Late in the game, Ian Bunting made a nice catch and then made some yards after the catch. When Ian came off the field, the player out in front of everyone else celebrating Ian's catch was Jake Butt. Jake's not just a great player, he's a team player as well --- a winning combination.