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|16 hours 38 min ago||Greise||
I thought your dad played QB for Purdue and the Miami Dolphins before settling in to a long and successful career in the broadcast booth?
|16 hours 59 min ago||Helmets, etc.||
When I was a little kid I thought the winged helmets were cool. Also dug singing "The Victors." Also liked how people would throw rolls of TP when we kicked PATs and they woudl unravel like streamers. And I loved seeing players crash into fans and horn players in the end zones (this was back before the field was lowered)--until John Kolesar broke his clavicle that way: not cool.
I liked watching little Jamie Morris pop out from behind a bunch of massive linemen and drag tacklers several yards before going down.
Mark Messner, Tripp Welbourne and Vada Murray were bad asses.
The basketball team had this guy, Robert Henderson, who used to shoot line-drive jump shots and would routinely hang the net when he swished them; I dug watching that. And Antoine Joubert had the best nickname in college hoops.
On Saturday afternoons I could listen to the games on the radio, and then on Sunday mornings watch Michigan Replay with Coach Schembechler and see what I was hearing.
I must say though, Michigan was really just a sports franchise to me growing up. But on my first visit to Ann Arbor at age 17, I fell in love with the city and the campus and the whole vibe of the place. (It probably didn't hurt that it was the day of the 1991 NCAA Final between M and Duke). I had applied to both M and MSU and up to then I was basically undecided between both schools. I'm pretty sure that day was when I became a Wolverine for life. (Either that, or later when I visited MSU and thought the place was lame).
|5 days 11 hours ago||MSU||
The people with the funniest jokes are all lying in the weeds.
|5 days 11 hours ago||Braden Burke||
How does somebody with the name Braden Burke not play for us already?
|6 days 10 hours ago||Tip||
The actual tip was 16.66%.
The article calculated the tip as 15.3% of the entire bill ($425.15). However, the subtotal on the bill came to $390.05, and it was only the sales tax which brought the bill up to $425.15. You don't need to tip on the sales tax. So, the $65 tip was 16.66453019% of the $390.05 subtotal.
|6 days 16 hours ago||Lake Superior||
You'll get no argument from me. Because Superior, it's said, never gives up her dead. And the gales of November come early.
|1 week 9 hours ago||Terrorism||
Well, the same is true of a U-Haul truck--as has been sadly demonstrated.
At some point life goes on. We can't just stop renting airplanes or trucks or whatever other legitimate vehicle people need just because some a-hole might repurpose it for destructive means.
|1 week 9 hours ago||Crash site||
I just saw that the crash site was basically on the north shore of Lake Superior. That seems like a pretty important detail, since it obviously wouldn't have been safe to jump while the plane was over the lake.
If the pilot was trying to fake his death, maybe he jumped over the UP somewhere and assumed the plane would crash into the lake?
|1 week 10 hours ago||Crash||
Maybe the plane was low on fuel and there wasn't enough to land it safely, so the pilot bailed out?
|1 week 4 days ago||Glass||
Dude did not call it.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Hoops||
Yeah, that's largely how I see it too. Could just be a function of the timing--the NCAAs are about to start and people are dreaming about being the next UCONN 2014 or Villanova 1985. Nobody wants to say, on the eve of the Dance, "more wins would be nice, but I'm satisfied with our shiny new BTT trophy and if that's all we get I'm totally cool with that." Even though...
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Holy MGoPoints!||
As an aside, I know you post a lot and it's usually really great stuff--but my goodness, your MGoPoints total is nine figures! Did you pay off Seth's mortgage or something? Well done.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Tournaments||
Well, this is all feelingsball.
In 2014, Michigan won the regular season league title outright by multiple games. It wasn't necessary to win the BTT in order to claim a Big Ten championship. And if the team had gotten knocked out of the NCAAs early, it would have been a big disappointment. Under those circumstances, I agree--a deep NCAA run feels more important than winning the Big Ten Tournament. Otherwise, I'll take an actual championship over a good, not great showing in the NCAAs.
I think the Final Four has achieved a status that's tantamount to a championship in its own right (and a very prestigious one at that). But not the Elite Eight.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Big Ten Champs||
Winning the Big Ten Tournament is a bigger accomplishment than making the Sweet Sixteen, IMO, maybe even the Elite Eight.
|4 weeks 12 hours ago||LSC||
I practiced law with LSC-funded legal aid programs for sixteen years, and the higher-level anti-poverty advocacy I do now would probably not be possible without the existence of the LSC-funded programs. So I obviously agree with Coach and appreciate his Tweet. Go Blue.
|4 weeks 13 hours ago||Undergraduate jobs||
Here's mine (the ones I can remember, at least):
My first job at UM was as a cashier at Michigan Book & Supply for like $4.25 an hour. I was horrible at it. We had to take turns sitting in the chair by the door and making sure students put their backpacks into the cubby holes--and inevitably when my turn came, I would fall asleep in the chair.
Then I got a job working for Cliff Keen Athletic, in their warehouse off Packard. That was alright, nothing really memorable there.
Then one day I saw a sign up that the Intramural Sports department needed officials. I had played a lot of IM sports, so I called Rob Rademacher and asked if I could help out. Next thing I knew, I had a whistle and a t-shirt and was scheduled to work a flag football game. He let me skip the training course because I had played several seasons of flag--but that turned out not to necessarily be the best idea. On my first play from scrimmage, the offense threw a bomb. The receiver made a leaping, twisting reception and landed on his face. I threw my arms in the air to signal touchdown! Problem was, the guy had landed at the 5-yard-line. Ugh.
Another game, I was officiating sorority league. Most of the teams didn't have a girl who could throw an actual pass, so to move the ball they designed these elaborately-choreographed running plays with multiple fakes and reverses. Mad Magicians shit, but like squared. Usually none of it worked and the whole game would be played within about ten yards of wherever the kickoff landed. Well, this one play, the quarterback takes the snap and fakes it to like four girls running different ways and everybody follows the ballcarrier to the right side of the field, and her flag is pulled. I blow the whistle--only to then see that the ACTUAL ballcarrier is streaking down the left sideline with no defenders in sight. Oops. The coach of that team was former Michigan DE Matt Dyson, and he pretty much let me have it the rest of the game. So, yeah, good day.
My last year in college I worked as a walk-in writing tutor for the English Composition Board, over by the Angell Hall computing lab (now I think it's called something like the Sweetland Center). I loved that job, but it was only like 8 hours a week. The paychecks were like $40, so I didn't even bother cashing most of them until the end of the semester. By then, some had expired, so I had to go to the Wolverine Tower (or whatever it's called, some ominous looking death star of a building out on Eisenhower Parkway by the mall) and get them reissued. Thought for sure I was going to be tortured and killed, but it all worked out.
|7 weeks 4 days ago||Jamie Morris||
Jamie Morris was also the first M player I really remember being a big fan of. In my not-at-all-embellished little kid memories he was always ripping off monster gains while carrying seven tacklers on his back...
|7 weeks 4 days ago||MSU vs Penn State||
Are we sure the lack of interest was on MSU's end and not Johnson's? The academics are comparable, and Penn State has the superior campus and is the much stronger program historically. Plus MSU is in decline while Penn State is (technically) the Big Ten champs. Dantonio himself is a better coach than Franklin but Dantonio is also a raging a-hole who I can imagine lots of kids would prefer to avoid, and then when you start talking about assistants and position coaches it's probably a lot more muddled. About the only reasons I can see for picking MSU would be (i) not wanting any association with the Sandusky/Paterno scandals and (ii) it's closer to home, if that matters to Johnson. So, I don't think it's entirely out of the question that MSU contacted Johnson to try and set up a visit or something and were told, "no thanks, I'm good with Penn State."
/fun with rank speculation
|8 weeks 3 days ago||Weed||
Perhaps. But marijuana legalization is an essential component of ending mass incarceration and refucing the extent to which the criminal justice system has become a de facto replacement for Jim Crow.
|9 weeks 5 days ago||Jackson||
But those were 44 of the best yards you will ever find. They are probably in a museum somewhere on the east side of Saginaw.
|9 weeks 6 days ago||Jerome Jackson||
At Iowa in 2005.
|12 weeks 5 days ago||Great stuff||
|13 weeks 10 hours ago||RIP||
|14 weeks 12 hours ago||Lawnmower Man||
25 years later, and still whenever I hear the phrase "virtual reality" the first thing that comes to mind is that movie, which I have somehow convinced myself stars Keanu Reeves and Robert Duvall.
|16 weeks 4 days ago||They brought their f**king||
They brought their f**king toys with them.
|18 weeks 2 days ago||Putting in Morris would have||
Putting in Morris would have been like a stupid Brian Kelly stunt. I was never worried about anything like that happening.
|18 weeks 2 days ago||Need more apostrophes.||
Need more apostrophes.
|18 weeks 2 days ago||I guess we shouldn't take the||
I guess we shouldn't take the B1G Championship Game for granted. But if M beats Ohio State, they are not losing the BTCG.
|19 weeks 3 days ago||The game||
M played like shit and didn't deserve to win. Take it like a man.
|19 weeks 3 days ago||Iowa offense||
Down to 2 TEs? Only one way for Iowa to respond: tackle eligible.