maybe i should have had greg howard write the brandon obit.
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|7 weeks 21 min ago||Dominicks & Hash Bash||
Be advised that Hash Bash has moved - or at least portions of the festivities have - to Monroe (directly in front of Dominicks). At least that is what we found last year after the spring game. Street (and sidewalk) was so damn crowded, we didn't even bother trying to make it through to Dominicks. Not sure what the deal was, or if it'll be the same this year, as I've always known Hash Bash to be on the Diag proper.
|26 weeks 6 days ago||North Endzone||
I'll be there. Father-in-law is a sparty alum with season tickets in the north endzone. Went to last year's debacle, along with a few other MSU non-UM games. Like someone above stated, the north endzone isn't bad for opposing fans - mostly older sparty alums. You'll get the typical boo-hisses, but without the flying beer bottles and assaultive behavior. I think this year, I'll simply respond with "I think we're still a year away from competing for a national championship" and leave it at that. That'll be good for a laugh (mockingly, but a laugh nonetheless), and let me keep rooting for the good guys in relative peace.
Be brave out there guys. At least next year we'll be back in Ann Arbor, and hopefully looking much better as a team.
|29 weeks 6 days ago||Who knows||
I'm expecting Hoke to be on the sideline this Saturday for Rutgers. I suspect his last game as coach will be ohio. Anything could happen between now and then. If we win at Rutgers, Hoke will be coaching against PSU; if we lose, or if something like last Saturday happens, I think UM would have to act at that point.
The same thing could be said for every remaining game: one more debacle (i.e. controvery or blowout loss) and he's gone.
Basically, Hoke (and probably Brandon) are on borrowed time. I can't imagine Hoke surviving the year, but I also don't see his firing as imminent (as in this week).
|1 year 25 weeks ago||I'll be there||
I'm making my second UM/MSU game trip to spartytown, and my fifth trip overall there. My father-in-law has season tickets, and is about as big of a sparty fan as they come. We sit just to the right of the tunnel, behind the north endzone. Most of the people sitting there are older MSU alums. Aside from a few jeers ("skunk bears" and "wolverines are extinct for a reason") and having to deal with guys talking about every football statistic favorable to MSU, it's not bad. Exiting the stadium is another matter. Be prepared to deal with a bunch of drunk idiots - win or lose. Whatever you do, don't use a porta-potty after the game.
In my experience, I haven't seen sparties throw much more hostility toward Michigan fans than they do to fans of any other schools. Of course, the non-UM/MSU games I've been to have mostly came with very disappointing losses (Iowa / Nebraska). For those games, I'm more or less a dispassionate observer so obviously not a target of hostility like I will be for this game.
My advice is to go, tailgate if you want, enjoy the game, represent Big Blue...but after the game, make like the referees and split as quickly as you can.
|1 year 38 weeks ago||[East Quad] Dhani Jones lived down the hall from me||
My freshman year (his sophomore year - NC year, 1997)...in one of the single rooms facing the courtyard in 2nd Hinsdale.
|2 years 2 weeks ago||I got Michigan all the way||
Michigan over Louisville. Don't ask me about the other two regions.
|3 years 12 weeks ago||No it doesn't. Most European||
No it doesn't. Most European countries invest actual money into their railroad infrastructure and upkeep. Trains in European countries routinely travel over 100 MPH without incident; Amtrak somehow manages to derail going 25 MPH through Jackson.
Even Amtrak's Northeastern Cooridor service looks like a poor man's imitation of, say, Germany's DB. We are probably the only industrialized nation where bus travel is actually more efficient.
|3 years 14 weeks ago||2012||
Could be a year of complete victory* over MSU!
*Hopefully at least in football and men's basketball.Other sports are welcome to join the victory parade.
|3 years 16 weeks ago||So many ways to avoid||
The sad thing is that he had plenty of ways to avoid this trouble. If this was a late-notice check-in, I'm sure, as a football player, he could have called a teamate or position coach...heck, call Hoke at home. Hoke would have made sure someone just happened to be driving through Stonum's neighborhood, saw him walking, and gave him a lift.
He could have, of course, told the PO about his ride situation and just be a little late. As a star athelete, I wonder just how long it would take him to run to the courthouse.
Failing all that, he could have been smarter in his underhandedness. Here's a thought: instead of driving right up to the courthouse, let's try parking down the street? After the appointment, walk home and explain to whomever he took the car from what he had to do.
|3 years 20 weeks ago||West Quad||
I think all first year atheletes stay in West Quad now. South Quad used to be the place until the late 90s.
|3 years 20 weeks ago||Unfortunately, yes...||
I remember telnet. And I was a junior when this horseless carriage called Wolverine Access came onto the scene - even though for that first year, you still had to call the CRISP lady to actually register.
My only quasi-brush with UM atheletic fame is that Charles Woodson almost knocked me down as he was exiting the front of the Union. It was nighttime and snowing, around finals time; I was going in to study and he was running out like he had to get to Pasadena or something.
|3 years 23 weeks ago||GRCC||
Going to GRCC was probably the best decision Demar could have made. In recent years, GRCC has become the go-to program for top-level talent with academic or life issues. heck, a couple of years ago, their quarterback had just got out of jail on a manslaughter case; now he is doing well at a four-year school.
The head coach came from Muskegon High School - which if you're from Michigan, you know is a regular state title contender - so I know Demar is getting taught good fundamentals. They also have a sort of "spiritual advisor / mentor" that assists players with life issues so I'm confident that Demar has come a long way as a person from where he once was.
Unfortunately, Michigan traditionally doesn't do JuCo - for regular students or atheletes. The students you hear of that do transfer are typically top-flight academically and probably would have been admitted to UM out of high school.
As a GR resident though, I have enjoyed being able to watch the talent Demar brings to GRCC first hand and wish him the best of luck wherever he goes.
|3 years 24 weeks ago||I would believe not going to lectures||
But I'm sure the coaching staff follows up on athlete attendance for discussion sections. I suspect - but I don't know for sure - that the athletic department has people who look for players in lectures.
|3 years 24 weeks ago||Bunk||
That is utter bunk. I attended the U from 97-01 and had a few football players in classes. They always came to class.
As an academic peer advisor for summer orientations, I know that football players' schedules were set up to not have classes on fridays in the fall term. This was because of the team travels on fridays for away games and has nothing to due with wanting to just give them fridays off.
|3 years 24 weeks ago||This is a travesty . . .||
. . . all around. While I hate to see Joe Pa go out like this, he did have a hand in it. The University has to do what's best for it right now. And in some ways, I believe Joe Pa understands that.
|3 years 26 weeks ago||Now that's just funny right there...||
Never goes to fail, though, that someone tries to do that every game.
|3 years 31 weeks ago||NY = $, not fans||
The money alone that would come from getting BTN into NYC would be nice. But people in NYC don't care about college football. They have the Yankees and Broadway. They get about as excited for college football as they do about visiting the Midwest.
|3 years 33 weeks ago||I know the lot next to the||
I know the lot next to the B-school has a special flat fee for game days. I'd just park along the street wherever you can find a space.
|3 years 34 weeks ago||A little known secret||
I agree that getting off US-23 at Geddes is probably a better route onto campus around game time. Coming from the north, US-23 can start backing up toward the split with M-14 closer to game time.
I skip the parking lots altogether and park on the street by a meter. You'll likely get a ticket because the meter readers are fanatical on Game Days. But, the ticket is only $10, which you can pay online once you get home. You'll easy spend $10 for a lot but you can usually park closer by a meter. I've done this the last three years (one game / season). I've gotten two tickets (last year I lucked out parking behind Stockwell and they must not have checked those meters.