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|3 days 7 hours ago||If I were a safety and I saw||
If I were a safety and I saw #6 coming at me, I'd curl up into a ball ...
|4 days 45 min ago||I like mustard on peanut||
I like mustard on peanut butter. Really.
And: "Nobody -- and I mean nobody -- puts ketchup on a hot dog." -- Dirty Harry
|5 days 7 hours ago||Assuming Hoke brings his||
Assuming Hoke brings his D-line focus to the table and he has the talent, then he might have success against spread/tempo teams like Arizona. It's all about getting pressure and disrupting the play before it can take shape. Having talent is key. Gotta be dudes, not Just guys.
Frankly I think he will have more trouble with Stanford and USC.
|1 week 22 hours ago||I can't see the name||
I can't see the name "Peckinpah" and not think of the Monty Python skit ...
|1 week 1 day ago||Lonesome Dove||
Upvote for "Lonesome Dove" reference. Four points:
(1) The book is even better than the mini-series. A truly fantastic novel.
(2) That said, the mini-series is one of the best film treatment of a book I've ever seen.
(3) The characters Woodrow Call (Tommy Lee Jones) and Augustus McCrae (Robert Duvall) represent two of the finest, and fullest, character developments I've ever read.
(4) That aired back in the late 1980's, and for those who don't remember it was quite the cultural event ... much discussed after each airing.
|1 week 1 day ago||I can see the logic if his||
I can see the logic if his theme was minimalist ... so Alabama and Penn State would kinda-sorta fit that. But then FSU and USC are not so minimalist. So I don't know.
I like Nebraska and Oklahoma ... they're traditional and they don't mess with it.
USC is nice; not a fan of UCLA. I do not like ASU at all.
And I hate, hate, hate, HATE Notre Dame in every way possible, so eff 'em.
|1 week 2 days ago||Nebraska||
some of our wonky readership prefer having lives to infinite knowledge about Nebraska OL
Of all the non-Michigan B1G teams, I have a soft spot for Nebraska simply because I remember watching the great OU-NEB games on TV when I was a kid.
(And I know the QB from the 1959 team that upset OU ... Ron Meade ... he goes to my church in Tucson ... https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1959_Nebraska_Cornhuskers_football_team )
I like this feature. It's interesting to see how an early non-Michigan pick is justified. And it's interesting to see how certain positions are valued over others.
That said, I can't understand why nobody has picked a long-snapper yet!
|1 week 2 days ago||1989 Ford Escort. When it||
1989 Ford Escort. When it worked, I loved that car ...
... but the fuel pump went out every 25K miles like clockwork.
(Ford Motor insisted this was 'normal maintenance' despite my argument that if so, then state the requirement to replace the fuel pump in the scheduled maintenance table.)
It stranded me deep in the back country of eastern Virginia.
Tow truck took me a shithole garage out in the sticks. Banjo music ala "Deliverance" ringing in my ears. 4 hours later I called AAA back and agreed to extra charges to tow me back to civilization (Washington D.C.). New fuel pump installed; a week later the radiator broke; fixed that; then a month later the starter motor.
I got good time out of the car ... when it worked.
|1 week 5 days ago||"What can't go on forever ...||
"What can't go on forever ... won't."
Eventually this mode reaches a limit and breaks. It's not just Michigan.
We are rapidly approaching the point where the cost of a college education does not provide the return. Some would argue we are past that point. For some majors it's certainly the case.
|1 week 6 days ago||Roh||
Someone help me on Roh's actual contribution.
Disclaimer: I've got nothing against Roh; this is not a RR thing ...
My faltering memory recalls Roh being just a tick away from sacking the QB; sure, he created some pressure, but he never seemed to get there. Am I recalling incorrectly?
|2 weeks 2 hours ago||Oh, agree that Hoke was||
Oh, agree that Hoke was successful at relationship-recruiting. No question.
I suspect Harbaugh will have his own success in building relationships, but it will be of a different nature than Hoke's. Less familial, more professional.
I guess what I'm saying is that the success of the relationship model Hoke employed is diminishing. Such an approach now, and into the future, will be increasingly met with, "Yeah, okay ... but what about wins and getting me to the NFL?" That's the nature of today's top-level college football. Top recruits go to Alabama because Alabama wins, and the NFL takes note. No amount of relationship building can overcome a losing record.
|2 weeks 6 hours ago||But because it isn't as||
But because it isn't as personal as Hoke's strategy ... I think there is much more risk/reward involved.
Maybe ... but there's a part of me that thinks that the recruiting landscape of 2016 is a lot different than 2010.
as long as he keeps on winning
I think that's more the applicable thing here. In today's culture it's more and more about results today, not later. It's certainly true in business; and I argue it's becoming more and more true in major college football.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||LOL||
I was expecting, you know, a planetary tackle who just does Big McLargeHuge things.
I laughed out loud at this. :-)
|2 weeks 6 days ago||So you like skating I will||
So you like skating
I will confess quite the interest in women's figure skating.
But it has nothing to do with the scoring or the competition ...
|3 weeks 1 day ago||I will never understand why||
I will never understand why the B1G expanded with Rutgers and Maryland.
Oh, I've read the words explaining it. I don't believe the words offered.
If we were going to reach for two schools of that caliber, I would have preferred to pull in WVU and Pitt. Makes more sense geographically, it would mean the revival of the Backyard Brawl, and Pitt/PSU is a natural rivalry.
But no ... Maryland and ... Rutgers.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||I went to the ASU / WVU||
I went to the ASU / WVU Cactus bowl in Phoenix.
It was bad football, but an entertaining time overall.
Todd Graham did a horrible job managing the game. Horrible
Read my signature line ... football in Arizona is wrong. Just wrong. :-)
|3 weeks 5 days ago||In my lifetime ...||
I was born in 1959. I'll be 57 this year.
Two athletes stand out -- Secretariat ... and Muhammad Ali,
|4 weeks 2 days ago||Oil||
Russia is so huge that they could have lost Moscow and still won.
Maybe ... but I'm not sure they could have survived the loss of the oil fields in the Caucusus.
|4 weeks 3 days ago||There is nothing wrong with||
There is nothing wrong with visiting a cemetary and reflecting on the sacrifices ... but I agree, it will not provide the full story.
I once talked with a veteran of WWII who fought in the Pacific. He normally did not share his experiences, but in this case he opened up a bit. The picture he painted was ... horrific. His countenance grew quiet and somber as he related it. The conversation did not last long; he gave what he could and the topic turned to other things.
|4 weeks 3 days ago||Movies ...||
"Patton" -- because it celebrates honor and courage. Patton was a flawed man in many ways (who doesn't have their flaws?), but his commitment to the cause and his men was solid. The scene where he oversees his men moving north to aid in the relief of Bastogne and he says, "God, I'm proud of these men" is stirring.
"Full Metal Jacket" -- because I'm a huge Stanley Kubrick fan; because Lee Ermey was awesome; and because the second half of the movie was very good also (the lighting and cinematography of the scenes in the second half are stellar ... classic Kubrick visuals).
"Ike: Countdown to D-Day" -- a little known film starring Tom Selleck as Eisenhower, it is a great portrayal of the man and the planning that went into D-Day. No battle scenes, just great writing and great acting. The actor who plays Churchill is awesome.
* * *
"The Deer Hunter" -- fantastic movie, but for me, too depressing.
"The Longest Day" -- good movie, but as I noted elsewhere in this thread, in comparison to the book the movie is like eating unsalted popcorn.
"Apocalypse Now" -- I grant the cinematography is great, but I do not care for the 1970's cynicism that permeates the movie.
"Saving Private Ryan" -- a movie I've never seen. Not avoiding it, just never sat down to watch it.
|4 weeks 3 days ago||The Longest Day||
I liked the movie; I loved the book.
If you've not read the book, I highly recommend it. It provides a more complete picture of the interwoven events of that day.
|4 weeks 4 days ago||"Building a Monster"||
From the front-page content about recruiting: "Five-star CA CB Darnay Holmes: 'Coach Jim Harbaugh is building a monster up there.' "
And we see articles like the one linked in the OP.
Related? Of course. There's a new king of the hill right now. His name is Jim Harbaugh.
|5 weeks 21 hours ago||WV Sports Radio||
Driving up I-79 in West Virginia tonight, I was listening to WVU Sports Radio. The topic was the summer recruiting camps. They mentioned "Michigan" and "Jim Harbaugh" about a dozen times.
The middle of West Virginia ... WVU = Big 12 ... and the focus is Michigan.
|5 weeks 1 day ago||Nothing is better than CFB.||
Nothing is better than CFB. Nothing.
|5 weeks 1 day ago||Farm living is the life for me ...||
I want land and animals. She wants an apartment.
Is your name "Oliver" and her name "Lisa?"
I hear you re: the land and animals part. Given choice between city life or country life, I'd opt country in a heartbeat. I'm not a fan of cities.
|5 weeks 1 day ago||my current job which pays||
my current job which pays better, doesn't require a suit and tie, has a better boss/coworkers, and actually makes me feel like my work makes a difference
Would you share what that new role is? Serious question.
I'm facing end-of-career and am exploring alternative occupations. The money is less an issue than the "my work makes a difference."
|5 weeks 1 day ago||Black and gold (or black and||
Black and gold (or black and yellow) always seemed to me a cool combination.
Don't like anything Red or Green.
Hate, hate, hate, HATE the Notre Dame uniforms. Because I hate ND.
|5 weeks 3 days ago||LAX - SYD||
I was on that flight once. It's brutal no matter how you slice it.
|5 weeks 6 days ago||This is one of the most||
This is one of the most subtly brilliant posts I've seen in a long, long time. :-)
|5 weeks 6 days ago||Harbaugh is a great coach,||
Harbaugh is a great coach, and a perfect fit for Michigan. But potential is not the same thing as results, and I'm nearly certain Harbaugh himself would agree with that.
The other day I was in a cigar shop in Charleston, WV (of all places), and the topic came up about the "greatest college coaches." Everyone in the shop agreed Harbaugh was a great hire and will do great things at Michigan, but nobody was ready (yet) to put him in the same conversation with Saban and Meyer.
I'd bet my left nut that if asked, Harbaugh would dismiss such talk about "best coaches" and say the focus is -- and always will be -- about getting better every day. Do that and the rest takes care of itself.