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|3 days 8 hours ago||Muschamp looks like a guy who||
Muschamp looks like a guy who knows his goose is cooked ... he has the blankest look in his eyes every time the camera cuts to a close-up of him.
|3 days 8 hours ago||And a pick-6 ... My buddy||
And a pick-6 ...
My buddy from Virginia, who's down in the Swamp right now, has gone very quiet on Facebook. I'm guessing he's not enjoying his trip so much any more.
|3 days 10 hours ago||There's a parallel, for||
There's a parallel, for sure.
I have a buddy who's a big Florida fan. He's in a world of hurt over the Gators. I gently remind him that bad as it may be in Gainesville, it could be worse ... like what's going on up in Ann Arbor.
|3 days 10 hours ago||Rooting for FSU because ...||
Rooting for FSU because ... because I can't root for ND under any circumstances.
Interested in the Washington / Oregon game. Records are even ... are teams? We'll see.
Keeping an eye on the Florida / Missouri game.
|3 days 11 hours ago||Alabama is putting on a||
Alabama is putting on a clinic.
Ohio State, Michigan State, TCU taking it to their opponents.
I've watched a fair amount of football today, and this is clear: Michigan's play isn't even in the same league. The contrast is stark.
|3 days 19 hours ago||closing down the cottage Ah||
closing down the cottage
Ah ... the annual ritual ... I know it well.
|3 days 19 hours ago||Local Hero||
+1000 for the avatar with Burt Lancaster from the movie "Local Hero." That is an under-appreciated gem of a movie. The music score is by Mark Knopfler of Dire Straits and is excellent.
|3 days 19 hours ago||...and home in time for the||
...and home in time for the good games.
I admire a man who knows how to keep the important things in the equation!
|3 days 19 hours ago||Four words: Happy wife, happy||
Four words: Happy wife, happy life.
I have traveled on business to many countries around the world. It does not matter the culture ... a small joke about keeping the wife happy yields knowing smiles from the men and women. It's a universal thing.
|3 days 19 hours ago||Allow an older man to offer||
Allow an older man to offer some advice: Yes.
|3 days 20 hours ago||Tolerant wives||
Second, for many of us, our wives are incredibly tolerant of the fact that our Michigan obsession dominates much of every fall Saturday.
Plus, being thoughtful and considerate to my wife is not the same as being dominated and whipped. I want to be thoughtful and considerate to my wife. That's what marriage is all about.
|4 days 19 hours ago||A nice write-up, and an||
A nice write-up, and an interesting tour of that position.
Yesterday I was talking to a friend and asked this hypothetical: "If you could have the body and the talent to play any football position, and you played purely for the joy of the sport, which position would it be?"
For me I think it would be defensive end. Not exactly sure why ... just something about rushing the edge appeals to me. Perhaps it's a throwback to college intramural touch football days.
|6 days 20 hours ago||Another perspective -- if he||
Another perspective -- if he thought USC was going into a football dry spell because of sanctions and ND was in an ascendency, then going to ND makes sense from an exposure point of view.
That has some merit. ND and its players normally get a bit more positive exposure than it merits (because it's ND). If his objective is the NFL, then ND gives him a good stage on which to sell his wares.
|1 week 13 hours ago||A lower slope is more||
A lower slope is more consistency
This is where we are ... we root for the slope of Michigan's QB.
|1 week 19 hours ago||On a positive note ...||
On a positive note ... there's a Tim Horton's every 20 feet along that route.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Broken collar bones are a||
Broken collar bones are a bitch. Mostly it's immobilize the arm and be careful of sudden movements. Also, get slip-on shoes because it's impossible to reach and tie the laces.
I speak from experience.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Exactly correct. The||
The behind-the-scenes of all this is like a big, complex chess match.
I hope Michigan understands the piece that looks like a horse isn't called a "horsey."
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Hey, this is a family blog||
Hey, this is a family blog ... :-)
MSU looks thoroughly legit.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Ain't nothing wrong with||
Ain't nothing wrong with Molson Canadian! Not sure which province, but it doesn't matter ... I love Canada. Beautiful country, wonderful people.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Grimaldi's||
I love Grimaldi's (here in Tucson), but I acknowledge it may not be to everyone's taste.
It's not really traditional NY by-the-slice pizza. It's less cheesy and less parmesean.
My wife grew up in NYC and has spent many years seeking out the perfect non-NY NY pizza. She likes Grimaldi's very much, but even she admits it's not NY street pizza like she knows it.
And for fans of deep dish pizza ... Grimaldi's is 180 degrees from that.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Hamilton||
Former five-star Darius Hamilton seems a little undersized for a DT spot at 6'4, 255 pounds, but he so consistently slashes into the backfield that doesn't matter much.
Hold on ... if he doesn't have size or weight, then what explains his ability to get into the backfield? Is it this "technique" thing I hear about?
Okay, joking aside ... is there something about his technique that makes him particularly effective? This is kind of a nuts-and-bolts question of DT mechanics.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Chili Cookoffs||
I've attended these in Arizona, my next-door-neighbor competes in them, and I've served as a judge. They're a lot of fun.
The rules here in Arizona are based on a fairly strict definition of "chili" -- no beans, just meat and chili gravy. If the sauce has discernible pieces of onion or whatever, then points are substracted. Only recently have they allowed ground beef. Prior to that it was hand-cubed meat, and the rules stipulated as to size and consistency of the cubes.
At the end of the day it's really more about being at a fun social event. It's fun to walk around the various cook stands and chat with chili cooks. Some of the cook stands are quite elaborate.
The event I judged at was relatively small, so there was only one table of judges. The judging is blind, and the cups of chili are numbered. We give things a rating of 1 to 10, 10 being the best. I can tell you from my experience a lot of the chili settles in around average, with one or two that are clearly better than the rest, and one or two that are just awful.
What constitutes great chili is a matter of personal preference. But bad chili is just bad chili, and the culprit is almost always too much salt or too much heat. Some heat is good, but just heat for the sake of heat makes for bad chili.
So I'd encourage people to go to this if it sounds like something you'd like to do. I was initially skeptical, but I've found them to be quite fun.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Have you considered that||
Have you considered that maybe Brady Hoke would not welcome advice and counsel from others?
My opinion is Hoke is in over his head at Michigan. That doesn't mean he's incapable of having success. But stubborness is a trait of his. I doubt very much he has reached out to the people you cite in your diary. I doubt very much he would accept unsolicited advice, even if offered from well-respected people in the profession.
And that's a shame, because very few people succeed in this world without a least some mentoring from those who went before them.
At this point it's probably too late. But had Hoke come into Michigan in 2010 with a more open attitude about soliciting and taking mentoring from others, he may well have transitioned better to the role of Michigan HC.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||So this is more your style?||
So this is more your style? :-)
|2 weeks 6 days ago||LB||
And Yost invented the linebacker position, fergodsakes!
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Turning the corner||
This 2014 team either flat-lines, goes south, or inflects upwards.
If there's a point where it inflects upwards, I'd like to see it.
I would love to see them against Rutgers and think, "Ah ... they're getting it."
Waiting for that moment is getting harder and harder ... but it's not yet impossible for me.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||Bravo. Reasoned thinking;||
Bravo. Reasoned thinking; measured delivery.
I'm being completely sincere.
There's been a lot of overheated and poorly resoned posts of late around here. It's good to see a post like this.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||Operating on the theory that||
Operating on the theory that a person has a finite number of cuss words in their system in one lifetime ... I will be a choir boy from this point forward. Yesterday I used up every one in my reserve.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||Brandon exhibits hubris.||
Brandon exhibits hubris. Hubris comes from excessive pride.
I think Hoke is in over his head and his base emotion is fear; from fear comes many reactions ... stubborness being one. Anger is another, and we've seen some flashes of that from Hoke lately.
Michigan is too big a program for Hoke. No shame in that. But finding a graceful exit is difficult. And after yesterday, an exit is assured; graceful it will not be.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||Funk||
Funk - noun (1) cowering fear; state of great fright or terror (2) a dejected mood.
The name is apropos.