"The University of Illinois is also in turmoil. The university sports an Interim Chancellor, an Interim Athletic Director, and an Interim Football Coach; the game will be played at Soldier Field, making this an Illini Interim Home Game."
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|2 days 20 sec ago||Durkin: “I was not. I was not||
Durkin: “I was not. I was not an Ohio State fan growing up.”
I wonder who his team was? Youngstown is near the PA border ... I wonder if maybe he was a Pitt or Penn State fan?
|2 days 19 hours ago||Terrific write-up. Very||
Terrific write-up. Very nicely done.
And there's not one damn thing wrong with that extra photo. It's like the pinch of salt that's needed in cake frosting ... you just accept that it's a necessary piece and go with it. ;-)
|2 days 21 hours ago||Add to that -- his||
Add to that -- his receiving. He's got 8 receptions for 77 yards. He seems to have great hands for catching the ball. And heaven help the DB who has to deal with him once he gets the ball.
|2 days 23 hours ago||Great article. Peppers is a||
Great article. Peppers is a very impressive young man.
|2 days 23 hours ago||I'm fascinated by these||
I'm fascinated by these one-on-ones ... they offer a great insight into the game from a player's perspective.
I'm curious: do you (Adam) have to work through the athletic department to get access? Or is this something you arrange directly with the players?
|3 days 12 hours ago||Over on Eleven Warriors they||
Over on Eleven Warriors they have a post about this.
From that article: "It's on now, folks."
Harbaugh is in their heads. :-)
This is awesome. Pure Harbaugh.
|3 days 15 hours ago||Here's your money quote:||
Here's your money quote: "Michigan will win this game."
|3 days 17 hours ago||Houma!||
From before Houma came to Ann Arbor I've been a fan of his. Don't know why. Just was. And I'm so happy to see him getting playing time and exposure ... and touchdowns!!
Flow, baby ... flow.
|3 days 22 hours ago||Much would be made by the||
Much would be made by the press about such a matchup, but I'd be willing to bet from Rudock's perspective it would just another game to execute and win. That seems to be the Harbaugh mantra -- fight the foe in front of you and do what we taught you to do.
Still ... Michigan in the B1G championship would be epically bittersweet to MSU and OSU.
|4 days 21 hours ago||Over on Maize n Brew (link)||
Over on Maize n Brew (link) they draw out the Frantz angle as well.
Frantz: "He [Bo] was screaming, ‘Frantz, you little s—-, you’re going to miss this kick!’ He was going nuts, and his coaches were trying to hold him back.
I find that hilarious ... and I can easily see how Harbaugh was influenced by this kind of coaching ... enthusiasm. :-)
|4 days 23 hours ago||I like the stickers. I wish||
I like the stickers. I wish they were a touch smaller, but I like them.
I'm old-school ... I recall the stickers from back in the days of Bo.
|6 days 18 hours ago||Agree. Almost impossible to||
Agree. Almost impossible to listen to him call a game and not be irritated. He interrupts Dierdorf too often, and he's not good at quickly summarizing the results of a play. Too much talking about other things, and not enough telling me the yards and down.
|6 days 23 hours ago||and you ate all the||
and you ate all the Kit-Kats
But of course. :-)
For giggles I made a peanut butter sandwich and put a Kit-Kat bar in it. One slice of bread folded over, PB+Kit Kat. Surprisingly good.
Crossing fingers the disciplined Michigan shows up.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||I love that stuff. I'm not||
I love that stuff. I'm not much of a cereal guy, but I've had bowls of that for lunch.
And now I'm thinking about a product from the 70's called "Snackin' Cake" --
That had a jingle that's now in my head:
"Bananas and walnuts, or raisins and spice,
Taste the good things that bake ... in a Betty Crocker Snackin' Cake."
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Can't really say with much||
Can't really say with much certainty ... there's the Fox and Hound on La Cholla north of Ina, which has about a thousand screens. But otherwise, I'm not sure ... I don't drink (it became clear my moderation switch wasn't working right), so I don't go to bars.
If there's a UM-oriented bar in town, I'm not familiar with it. Sorry ... wish I could be more help.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Fun Cereal||
My wife sent me to the store to buy "fun cereal."
I asked, "What the hell is 'fun cereal'?"
She replied, "Cocoa Krispies, or Fruit Loops ... it's like having dessert after the bowl of mini wheats."
How do I argue with that logic? Answer: I don't. I picked up a box of Cocoa Krispies.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||I can only try to imagine||
I can only try to imagine what it must be like at game speed trying to follow the coaching and doing what's needed based on the play and what's happening.
As these backs move further up the competitive ladder, the speed at which things happen must be staggering.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Harbaugh -- "I love football,||
Harbaugh -- "I love football, I love the University of Michigan, and I love coaching"
That says it all. Love it.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||If you're in the Phoenix||
If you're in the Phoenix area, Eloy is about 30 or so miles down 1-10 towards Tucson.
A session costs about $120 and lasts about an hour. The time any one person gets in the wind chamber is maybe 5 minutes. When I did this they had a group of maybe 10 people they worked through chamber. All ages, all body styles. It's expensive, but as bucket-list thing maybe worth it.
The fans are actually up in the top of the structure, so the wind is pulled up rather than pushed up. When you're in the chamber and look down all you see is chain link fencing and a concrete pad 20 feet below. Not a massive fan rotating beneath you. :-)
It's loud inside the chamber.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Skydiving||
That video showing the approach to the stadium was awesome!
Here in Arizona, in a town called Eloy, there's an "indoor skydiving" facility that simulates the freefall portion of a dive. It's essentially a giant fan that blows air up:
Skydiving teams rent time to practice their routines. But they also have times where amateurs like me can try their hand at it.
It's remarkably challenging. For first-timers the objective is just to position the body to remain static -- going neither up nor down, nor side to side. Too little drag and you drop to the chain-link floor of the chamber. Too much drag and you shoot up. Move one arm slightly and the body tumbles over to the walls. Most of the amateurs more or less get it, with the instructor close by to grab people if they twitch and start to tumble.
As part of the training, the instructors will then grab hold of the newbies and the two will twirl around, and go up and down in the chamber. The instructor is controlling it all with the most subtle movements of their legs. Amazing stuff.
So when you see skydivers in freefall doing all those crazy things, tip your hat to their skill. It is way harder than it looks.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||Well, there was the whole Red||
Well, there was the whole Red Grange thing. But that was a few years ago. :-)
|3 weeks 5 days ago||Did I say that? I simply||
Did I say that? I simply said the natives are restless.
The most likely scenario is no action -- they finish out the year with whatever record they get and shoot for a better season next year.
The next most likely is RR jumps at a coaching opportunity somewhere else, such as Miami.
The least likely, at this point, is RR being fired.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||The natives are getting||
The natives are getting restless here in Tucson. It's one thing to lose; it's another to lose so badly. The next three games (at USC, vs. Utah, then at ASU) may prove pivotal for the coaching role here at Arizona.
|4 weeks 8 min ago||>> Would a child of a bama||
>> Would a child of a bama fan really be wearing war eagle gear?
I know some people from down south who have families split like that.
Their allegiance hierarchy -- family first, then the state of Alabama, then their respective schools, then the SEC, then "the south."
Tensions do run high during the Iron Bowl, however. :-)
|4 weeks 1 hour ago||Man, nearly in tears: "I||
Man, nearly in tears: "I can't name a single player on their team!"
LOL ... that's terrific!
|4 weeks 2 days ago||Tucson Fans||
If the people in Tucson are truly serious about forcing him out, they're delusional.
Not to that point yet.
Sports radio talk on Monday after the loss to Washington State had turned to criticizing the fan base for not being more energetic in its support. U of A football fans are not that fervent.
The next four weeks will be interesting ... at Washington, at USC, home against Utah, then at Arizona State. They're looking at 5-7 (worse case), 6-6 / 7-5. That won't trigger any action, but it'll definitely make 2016 be a year of some scrutiny.
By the way, in general UofA fans don't think of themselves as USC or UCLA. I think they'd be mostly satisfied with 9-win seasons, a win over ASU, and the occasional division or Pac-12 championship. 2014 changed that, at least a bit ... the 10-2 regular season put the taste of national prominence in the minds of some. 2015 is proving to be a disappointment. So a reset back to lesser expectations is needed.
|4 weeks 3 days ago||Related ...||
Look at this photo from the Monday press conference:
Do you know what I see? I see a man happy in his surroundings, and enjoying what he's doing.
The NYT and anyone else can wish Harbaugh away, but Harbaugh is doing exactly what he wants to do right now, which is coach Michigan.
|4 weeks 4 days ago||Here in Tucson people ask me||
Here in Tucson people ask me if I'm an Arizona Cardinals fan.
I lower my head and admit to growing up in Detroit. I then say, "It's hard to be a Lions fan."
To a person -- and I mean, every single person -- agrees with me and sympathizes.
As mentioned above ... until ownership changes, nothing changes.
|4 weeks 4 days ago||Unless, as Brian's post||
Unless, as Brian's post alludes, there's a roll of the dice by Rodriguez.
He may sense the upper limits of the Arizona program. Recruiting to Tucson is not easy (smallish town, desert surroundings quite foreign to those not accustomed to it). Arizona itself relatively light in football talent, with ASU getting some of what is there. A resurgent USC and UCLA, along with Stanford, will suck the talent out of southern California.
I've lived in Tucson for 10 years now. I saw what the local attitude was towards Mike Stoops. I saw the flush of excitement about the Rodriguez hire. I saw the hope and excitement build during the 2014 season. And I'm here to report there are cracks in the veneer this year. Small things, but definitely there ... local sports radio grumbling; mocking jokes about the program being offered around coffee. Nothing big yet. Just small sniping that wasn't there the previous four.
So who knows? I doubt Rodriguez goes to Miami, but anything is possible in this crazy year of college coaching.
|4 weeks 5 days ago||FYI ... local sports radio||
FYI ... local sports radio here in Tucson is grumbling a bit about how the Wildcats are doing. Nothing close to calls for dismissal, but some griping about defense and not doing as well as hoped after last year's 10 - 2 regular season record.
The absence of Scooby Wright mitigates some of the complaints about defense, but not all.
Agree a move to Miami is unlikely and unwise.