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|4 hours 17 min ago||I've driven the length of Kansas on my way to Colorado||
many times over the years, and I think the western parts of the state along I-70 are beautful in a strange, almost abstract kind of way. It's just gently rising pasture or open range land as far as the eye can see on both sides of the interstate, punctuated only by the occasional small town or copse of trees off in the distance.
That being said, it's always exciting to finally cross the border into Colorado and start straining the eyeballs for the first faint glimpse of the Front Range.
|18 hours 10 min ago||can't tell because lighting is crappy||
Is it a light blue-gray, or does it just appear that way because it's in shadow? Impossible to tell.
|18 hours 12 min ago||Brian made an interesting comment this morning||
during the MGoBlog roundtable on WTKA, he said that when he attended practices under the prior regime, a large portion of the players were frequently just standing around. Assuming he didn't just happened to be there at odd times, I think it speaks to how poorly prepared the team often looked during the past three seasons. A coaching staff that can't manage and plan the limited amount of practice time they've got so that the players are maximizing the amount of work they're doing both physically and mentally is probably not going to be very good at getting the fundamentals across.
Brian's observation after observing one practice under JH is that things are now radically different—very little standing around, and everybody's running.
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|1 day 2 hours ago||Those bottoms are going to look like||
the players' shorts are falling down and exposing their underwear. Sorta like the sagging look comes to basketball unis. Excellent thinking.
|1 day 16 hours ago||"blew a lot of Rose Bowls to much weaker opponents"||
I won't deny that we tended to play conservatively in the Rose Bowls under Bo, and I agree that it contributed to our losses.
However, when you designate those USC teams we played in the Rose Bowls after the '76 and '78 seasons as "much weaker," you couldn't be more ridiculously, blindly wrong.
The '76 USC team went 11-1 and finished #2 in the country, behind undefeated Pitt. The '78 USC team went 12-1 and won the fucking national championship.
On top of that, in the 1977 through 1981 NFL drafts—which would have covered almost all of UM's and USC's rosters for the 1976 and 1978 teams—Michigan had 28 players drafted. USC had 48 drafted.
Three of those USC players on the '78 team—Marcus Allen, Ronnie Lott, and Anthony Munoz—are in the NFL Hall of Fame. The '76 USC team also included Vince Evans, Charles White, Dennis Thurman, Ricky Bell, Keith Van Horne, Marvin Powell, and Clay Matthews, all of whom had NFL careers.
In addition, that Washington team we played after the 1977 season that you're sneering at had a guy named Warren Moon at QB, who's now in the NFL Hall of Fame.
You're making the same provincial homer mistake that most Michigan fans continue to make to this day: for some bizarre reason, Michigan fans refuse to acknowledge that USC has been far, far more productive at putting top-level talent into the NFL over the past 50+ years than Michigan has. Michigan has had two players since 1960 go into the HOF—Dierdorf and Tom Mack. USC has had ten.
|2 days 7 hours ago||Jim Harbaugh would not be impressed||
with how easily so many of you are impressed.
|2 days 7 hours ago||There's a real serious danger not far down the road for rap||
Once Artificial Intelligence gains self-awareness, no human rapper will be able to keep up.
|2 days 18 hours ago||Watching him give the stink-eye to a dumb question||
reminds me of something else.
"O.K., from a distance Bo comes on like a yahoo. And that's Bo's public image. He has had horrible problems with the press, which has this nasty habit of wanting to talk to him when he loses, his mother's advice notwithstanding. But even if the media's timing were better, it probably wouldn't make much difference, because Bo hates the press. Not just a little. A lot. The Voice of Michigan Football, Bob Ufer, says he has tried to get Schembechler to be nicer to the media. "But he told me," says Ufer, " 'Bob, if I win, I don't need the press, and if I lose, they can't help me.' " Ufer defends Schembechler, whose record at Michigan over 12 years is 114-21-3; Bo's teams have won the Big Ten title twice and tied for it seven times.
Says Ufer, "Bo has two categories of things in his life: what matters and what doesn't matter. What matters is football. What doesn't matter is everything else. Bo is the kind of guy who is so dedicated that he doesn't realize how he's coming off." So while some coaches like to go out and drink with sportswriters, Bo would prefer to break out in warts.
Until a couple of years ago, he would routinely storm out of press conferences, kick reporters out of the sessions ("Don't be offended," says one of Bo's friends. "He'd kick Millie out, too"), make himself unavailable and order his players not to talk. Talking very softly once at a press conference, he was asked to speak up. "I'm speaking as loudly as I can," said Bo softly and arrogantly. And in a memorable set-to on Oct. 1, 1979, Schembechler gave an absolutely unnecessary push to a publicity-seeking college newspaper reporter.
Yet too much is read into all this. As Don Canham, athletic director at Michigan, says, "Bo is oblivious to life."
From Sports Illustrated, September 14, 1981
|3 days 1 hour ago||flexible front plate on the forehead area above the facemask.||
Hell, if we're making helmets flexible again we might as well go all the way:
|3 days 1 hour ago||It's amazing how cluttered these uniforms have become.||
At the current rate of clutterization, in five years we're going to look like NASCAR.
|3 days 1 hour ago||Harbaugh definitely falls in the latter category.||
If you look at the statements Harbaugh made to the Stanford faithful right after he started in Palo Alto, and look at how he's handled things here in A2, one thing is for certain: Jim Harbaugh knows how to play to his audience. He's a master politician.
|3 days 1 hour ago||Those who hate helmet stickers feel they interfere with||
the inherent beauty of the winged helmet. To me, the large black attachment tabs with the prominent Adidas logo are far, far more intrusive. At least helmet stickers are about Michigan.
|3 days 5 hours ago||This is a brilliant branding solution in two respects||
1. They made the new team color closer to their instate rival's: http://www.bengals.com/
2. They took a basic rendition of a bulldog and turned it into a Hanna-Barbera cartoon.
|3 days 7 hours ago||That's a brotastic duckface||
I see future sales & marketing execs in that pic.
|3 days 9 hours ago||Government agencies, colleges/universities, Fortune 500 co's.||
No wonder so many institutions and companies are fucked up.
|3 days 9 hours ago||Nobody should worry about Ty's weight right now||
First, Webb said this morning that when Isaac left USC, he was 250, so he's actually dropped some weight.
In addition, Jim Brown was 6-2 and 232, and he was one of the most dominant RBs in NFL history. John Riggins was 6-2 and 230, and he's in the NFL HOF. Ty being 6-3 and 240 isn't out of whack by itself; it all depends on what kind of weight he's carrying. I don't have any doubt that he'll be in good shape by the time fall camp arrives.
|3 days 10 hours ago||what in the freaking hell does Disney have to do with Texas?||
"That's what Disney Institute officials stressed during their meetings with Texas administrators in Orlando, Fla. "We can't control what happens on the field, but we can control how people feel," said Brent Centlivre, Texas' account manager at the Disney Institute."
Sweet Jesus, these idiots are even more extreme than Brandon.
It's amazing how ADs like Patterson and Brandon can't seem to recognize the fundamental distinction between a pro franchise and an educational institution's sports teams.
|3 days 11 hours ago||This is kind of a bizarre statement for Wilcher to make||
Especially given that Wilcher is a alum Wolverine. I wonder if it was sarcasm; otherwise, he's just given Meyer a big wet kiss.
|3 days 12 hours ago||You're 100% right—whoever "Thomas" was, he was talented as hell||
I wouldn't be surprised if he had a career in the visual arts of some sort. I came across the image in the course of designing some historic exhibits that are all over downtown A2.
I don't know where the illustration originally appeared, but my first guess would be the Michigan Daily, which first appeared in 1890. The Michigan Gargoyle would also be a likely bet, but its first issue was 1909, so it wasn't in publication at the time of the event.
|4 days 2 hours ago||he's always looking to profit off of Michigan's mistakes,||
I haven't read Bo's Lasting Lessons, but I wouldn't have guessed it was all about Michigan's mistakes. Go figure.
|4 days 5 hours ago||Who the hell is down voting all these nice comments?||
Some sad fuck who somehow derives some satisfaction from exercising the awesome power of the neg. There are also people in the world who enjoy pulling the wings off of flies. Makes them feel big I guess.
|4 days 7 hours ago||Clark's interviews are really bad from what I've been hearing||
Hearing from who? What's your source?
|5 days 3 hours ago||Then we wonder why we don't get high level recruits||
So lemme get this straight: you're saying that we're having trouble in BB recruiting because we don't have rappers visit our locker room often enough?
|5 days 12 hours ago||one of my 80-something year-old clients knows who Taco Pants is||
Anybody who was born during the Great Depression and knows who Taco Pants is needs to be the subject of a special Brian Cook interview.
|5 days 20 hours ago||MGoBlog is an ecosystem with Multiple-Personality Syndrome||
We have the dominant personality of Brian and his staff, who express their crazed passion for Michigan athletics with a dispassionate and frequently brilliantly-expressed analysis of fact-based reality, much of it statistically based. Even if it's sometimes laced with a liberal amount of unhinged bile, it's still like nothing else on the tubes.
We have a dedicated core of non-staff who provide more inside information about the mechanics of football, basketball, hockey and anal scent glands than I'll ever be able to truly understand, but in the context of Michigan athletics. Except the anal scent glands.
We have a wide band of near-lunatic regulars who can be counted on for consistently hilarious commentary—some of it visual—on whatever topic at hand that repeatedly get me close to spitting my coffee/martini/Lagavulin all over my keyboard.
We have short-lived members who flame out spectacularly in a display of awesomely dumb derptitude, occasioning much of the hilarious commentary from those in the previous group.
And, to use tonight as an example, we have enough members that somebody can post a completely OT thread about an egghead topic like artificial intelligence, and instead of moronic, ignorance-celebrating derision, we have over 50 and counting intelligent, thoughtful and informed responses.
I think the latter is possible because of the first factor: the founder of MGoBlog comes to the world of Michigan sports from an engineering/science/data analysis background (among other things), and that sensibility informs everything that goes on here.
|5 days 20 hours ago||A view from 1954: "Answer"||
Dwan Ev ceremoniously soldered the final connection with gold. The eyes of a dozen television cameras watched him and the subether bore throughout the universe a dozen pictures of what he was doing.
He straightened and nodded to Dwar Reyn, then moved to a position beside the switch that would complete the contact when he threw it. The switch that would connect, all at once, all of the monster computing machines of all the populated planets in the universe -- ninety-six billion planets -- into the supercircuit that would connect them all into one supercalculator, one cybernetics machine that would combine all the knowledge of all the galaxies.
Dwar Reyn spoke briefly to the watching and listening trillions. Then after a moment's silence he said, "Now, Dwar Ev."
Dwar Ev threw the switch. There was a mighty hum, the surge of power from ninety-six billion planets. Lights flashed and quieted along the miles-long panel.
Dwar Ev stepped back and drew a deep breath. "The honor of asking the first question is yours, Dwar Reyn."
"Thank you," said Dwar Reyn. "It shall be a question which no single cybernetics machine has been able to answer."
The mighty voice answered without hesitation, without the clicking of a single relay.
"Yes, now there is a God."
Sudden fear flashed on the face of Dwar Ev. He leaped to grab the switch.
A bolt of lightning from the cloudless sky struck him down and fused the switch shut.
by Fredric Brown
|1 week 19 min ago||".but not thread worthy."||
But the 159 comments in the Friday Posbang thread about how cold it is, voms and brown rain, Alison Brie, and how cold it is again apparently are thread-worthy to you.
|1 week 23 hours ago||complain about every fucking thing that other people do or say||
If you're referring to my comment from yesterday, my criticism was about Brian's choice of words in one sentence out of his entire piece, and wondered about the nature of the emotions behind it. Not exactly "every fucking thing."
Do you think that strongly worded opinions on a blog on any topic won't ever generate negative views? Seems to me that goes with the territory of blogging. Brian wrote something, I expressed a counter opinion about a portion of it, and that's the end of it. It doesn't bother me in the slightest that Brian or other MGoBloggers strongly disagreed with me. I agree it's largely a question of semantics.
I think David Brandon was a shithead during his tenure as AD. To me, that's different from saying he's a piece of shit human being, but I recognize that might be a rather ridiculous distinction without a difference to many people. So be it.
And I don't get the criticism by others that it's time to forget all this stuff. I agree with Brian wholeheartedly: never forget.
|1 week 1 day ago||that is a harsh line of tweets, damn.||
No shit. I guess I should retract my criticism of Brian's wordage about DB.