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Re-read the original post, and if you still honestly think that I was "conjuring images" of Jerry Sandusky by referring to Paterno's pre-scandal image, you should have someone else read it for you. Because you're not good at reading.
CBS shows Laettner's winning shot in the Kentucky game every freaking March, repeatedly. It was an iconic shot (and really a fantastic play - personality of the shooter notwithstanding). That play, among others, helped to make Laettner one of the faces of Duke, and he is thus a poster child for your program.
- "Everyone Murders" is a loose reference to Terrelle Pryor's absurd justification for supporting Michael Vick in the wake of Vick's dogfighting scandal. Sorry if it offends you.*
|4 days 17 hours ago||Conference Expansion Explained||
Maybe this helps justify the conference expansion - to give Ohio State a better feeling of fitting in:
[Edit - just saw Dutch Ferbert made essentially the same point above. Props.]
|6 days 15 hours ago||Wait, is Anonymous Coward Brian?||
I thought that Brian was the only one who could post to mgo.licio.us. Is Anonymous Coward a mod? Is it Brian? I R Confuzed.
In any event, it was an interesting article. I vehemently disagree with Jacobi, however, that Artest's laying on the scorer's table during the Malice at the Palace wasn't aggressive and Noah's sarcastic applause was brilliant and tempered. Passive Aggressive's last name is "Aggressive" and both moves were passive-aggressive in the extreme.
They were both dickhead moves designed to get under people's skin. (Try either of those stunts during a soccer game and see how long it takes to get carded.) Both are taunts, and both invite poor behavior from the opposition and their fans.
(I get that this doesn't excuse idiot fans taking the proverbial bait.)
|1 week 4 days ago||Stribling?||
Do you like Stribling?
I don't know. I've never Stribled.
[silence except the sound of crickets] [backs slowly off stage, dodges tomatoes aimed at head]
Anyway, excited to see if he can earn significant playing time, as I'm a big fan of tall corners. Sounds like a lot of upside with this young man.
|1 week 5 days ago||It's A Beautiful Day||
"It's a beautiful day for football here in Ann Arbor, Michigan."
|1 week 6 days ago||AJTHG||
Angry Jeremy Tacopants Hating God notes that Jeremy Tacopants's ACL is right about at the opposing players' shoulder pad level. This may end poorly for Jeremy Tacopants.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Wonderful all the way around.||
First, it's great to see him get his degree. That's a credit to him, first and foremost, but also to the coaching staff. And it likely speaks well of his family, too, as this sort of action typically bespeaks a family putting a premium on education. I wonder whether I would have been able to focus enough to finish college with an NFL career on the near horizon and lots of other distractions that come along with BMOC status.
Second, it sends a great message to young athletes starting college. If Denard Freakin' Robinson can stay focused enough to get his degree, with all the distractions he's had, then maybe this "school" thing is important after all.
Third, it shows that while his dream may be to play in the NFL (and he's well on the way), he treats school as a priority and graduation as a big event. It's not just getting his degree, but the message that education is important. After the fact i wonder which event will be more memorable for him. Graduation, or getting drafted.
We'll miss you, Denard. And I forgive you (along with some of your UofM brethern also on the team) for tempting me to watch Jaguars games this fall.
|3 weeks 17 hours ago||Not Just "Their Problem"||
I appreciate the sentiment of "how is this a big deal in 2013? - anyone hung up on this is an idiot" in your post and the one above. But it's based on an assumption that we're an enlightened society that punishes homophobes.
The problem is that the folks hung up on someone's sexual orientation make it the gay person's problem. But gay folks are hiding their sexuality for a reason - they can suffer greatly from the prejudice. You see gay kids in high school committing suicide, getting lost in drugs, or being just generally miserable because of these prejudices. And gay adults can suffer greatly for being out too. I see gay colleagues struggle with these issues with too much frequency. And it's not just Matthew Shephard extremes. The anti-gay prejudices are not always that obvious, but my gay friends note that coming out has a cost. (Of course they note staying in the closet has costs too.)
Collins's action helps raise gay awareness and helps make it more acceptable to be gay. In my mind, that's what makes this important.
|3 weeks 18 hours ago||Good For Collins||
Good for Collins for taking this step, on his own behalf and for the betterment of sports in general. Shows some courage, and I applaud him for taking this step. And he seems to be going about his announcement with humility and grace. A good day for sports.
Overall the article was well-written, but two quotes stand out:
And this jab at Shaq:
|3 weeks 3 days ago||The Beer? Oh, You've Probably Never Heard Of It||
A Hipster Craft Beer:
(Actually haven't made a final keg determination - trying to balance the familial penchant for overly-hoppy IPAs with the consensus preference for lighter mexi-beers.)
|3 weeks 3 days ago||Thinking of Moe Ways Puns||
This weekend? I'll be thinking of Moe Ways puns. Natch.
Well, that and hoping that a party (100 guests +/-) we're hosting tomorrow doesn't get rained out. If it does rain, imma be swimming in beer for a month.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||A modification.||
On A, uhm, that's just ... like ... your opinion, man. My opinion is that everyone is equally busy, but some are more busy than others. (I.e., there is legitimately busy and there is "busy".) No profit in us arguing back-and-forth on that one it seems.
On B, consider this modification to my initial proposal. Upper tier is GA, lower tier is assigned seats based on full-time semesters at the U. Freshmen still have to show their commitment, so they spend the first season in GA. Sophomores through graduate students get seniority based assigned seating as they do now, but if they slip past X% on-time arrivals (based on ticket scans), they get kicked back up to GA for a season, and the clock starts again. Ticket "seeding" would need to be determined on an annual basis, to simplify it.
And ushers would have to firmly enforce it, especially as between tiers. So the good and timely fans get rewarded with the better seats, and the folks who value other activities over timely arrival get the thinner air.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||A Modest Proposal: How about a two-tier system?||
I hear you regarding studying. But the bigger point is that for a larger percentage time is a valuable commodity. It seems that there's a presumption that a student's time has no value, but that varies from student to student. With a seat assignment, I can choose to visit friends, exercise, tailgate, etc. Another point is that the old system (at least back in the day) resulted in a group migration to better seats, with camaraderie developing with your fellow once-a-year nomads.
Here's a modest proposal: How about implementing two tiers of student tickets. If a student makes it to (e.g.,) 80% of the games on time (based on ticket scanning), they qualify for the lower section of the student section. If a student doesn't meet the threshold, they get booted to the upper section. And have ushers enforce the two sections. The size of the sections could be dictated by prior year's performance. All freshman go to the upper section to prove their commitment.
Seems like that would resolve some of the problem.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||I've No Dog In This Fight, But ...||
As a student, I enjoyed the annual migration from meh seats to fantastic ones by the time I was in graduate school. I went to every game, and went on time (to the big games because they were big games, and to the laughers because I wanted to see it while it was still "a game"). By my last season as a student my friends and I had worked our way to great seats right behind the band.
With that background, I'm sympathetic to the folks grousing about the new GA policy. I'd typically be in my seat about 10 minutes before kickoff, and stayed for the duration unless it was a laugher. But in a very competitive grad school - and I worked my way through school, which made time very tight - I needed Saturday mornings to study.
My concern is that folks will now need to piss away an hour or more just to secure decent seats. Time is a valuable commodity to some segments of the student body, and this policy forces those students to choose between study and crappy seats.
Again, I've no dog in this fight as I'm not likely to be a student again. I also recognize that, unless things have changed very recently, seat assigments were often ignored anyway. But having been the beneficiary of the old policy and having been a good fan, I think reasonable folks can oppose this new policy.
|4 weeks 6 days ago||On Moderation||
Your Rickey quote reminds me of a favorite quote from abolitionist William Lloyd Garrison:
I'm a bit ashamed to admit that I only know that quote via Titus Andronicus's A More Perfect Union. But only a bit - because it's a great song (IMO) - YouTube LINK for the curious.
|6 weeks 3 days ago||The Usual||
Purple drank. Imma grip and sip.
Thought for the team tomorrow? Have fun, and realize that you only need to play really well (as opposed to perfect) to win. This is your moment, cherish it, but first and foremost have fun on the court.
|6 weeks 3 days ago||Not a fan of hype videos.||
I'm not a fan of hype videos. I'm a big fan of this hype video. Really, really well done - thanks for posting.
Man, this team is really something special. Go Blue!!
|6 weeks 3 days ago||Thanks for posting.||
It's never easy to admit you got scammed, but this is an object lesson that very smart folks can get ripped off.
Thanks for sharing the story, and thinking of others similarly-situated. That takes some guts. Good luck getting the money back (sincerely), and hopefully the team's performance this weekend will take some of the sting out of your experience.
|6 weeks 4 days ago||My Favorite Quote From Ebert -||
Reviewing The Human Centipede (5-May-2010) - LINK
How well did the man write? Well enough that I truly enjoy a quote containing one of my least favorite phrases - "It is what it is".
RIP, good sir. See you at the movies.
|7 weeks 18 hours ago||Done before, but in less sunny circumstances.||
Here's another riff on Thayer's poem from the back page of Michigan Today, Webber On The Court, written in 1993 under less happy circumstances:
See page 15 for that version.
|7 weeks 3 days ago||For Reelz?||
You keep on writing that I'm comparing Coach Krzyzewski to Jerry Sandusky. I'm not, and I didn't. I compared the cult of personality Coach Krzyzewski enjoys to the cult of personality that Paterno enjoyed before the big scandal.
Your assertion that I "chose to compare [ Krzyzewski] to Sandusky/Paterno" is false. This isn't a matter of interpretation. It's a matter of your lack of reading comprehension. Your replies are making you sound shrill, and my guess is that you're a decent person who's above that sort of tripe.
We're not going to get to "yes" on Coach Krzyzewski. I think he's a weasel, you think he's the bee's knees, a builder of men, etc. Fine.
But stop with the falsities. Please.
|7 weeks 4 days ago||Double post - Grrrrrrrrrrrr.|
|7 weeks 5 days ago||Allow Me To Retort||
I see you created a new account to reply. Since you took the trouble to do that, here are three quick points in response:
Welcome to the board, anyway. It can be a fun place to exchange ideas, especially for those with a passion for University of Michigan sports.
*By which I mean I'm not sorry at all. To be extra clear, the name is a jab at OSU, and I don't really think "everyone kills people, murders people, steals from you, steals from me".
|7 weeks 5 days ago||Prepositions||
So that's the sort of language up with which you will not put?
|7 weeks 5 days ago||Michigan Wins||
U-M 63 - 59 KU
|7 weeks 6 days ago||Silver's Background||
I have a lot of respect for Silver and his work. I also think it's great that he's gotten a fair amount of popularity for advanced data-crunching skills. Geek power and all that.
Plus 3.8% seems somewhat reasonable give that a simple 1/16 chance equals 6.25% and Michigan's road is likely to be tougher than most teams' road to the Championship Game. So I don't really see that much awry in his assessment. (I still like Michigan's chances, but I'm a tad biased.)
But it's interesting to note that he's the son of an MSU department head (Poli Sci) and was born and raised in E. Lansing. Just thought I'd through those tidbits out for the tinfoil hat crowd to chew upon.
|8 weeks 17 hours ago||Breaking the VCU Press||
I'm not much of a basketball expert, but it struck me as odd that when VCU pressed Trey would start out with his back to the defender. In the days before the game I read that turning your back against this press was certain death.
Do our resident basketball experts feel that Trey (through Beilein's coaching) was drawing the double coverage purposefully by turning his back to the defenders upon getting the ball on the in-bounds? To my eyes it looked like Trey was essentially daring VCU to assume Michigan could not rotate to the open man, and then exploiting the press due to great passing and court vision.
How wrong am I on this?
|8 weeks 3 days ago||Taken Out Of Their Game||
Wisconsin definitely plays a "hacky" style and it's good to hear that the refs were having none of that. With luck that will be a tournament-wide trend, for the sake of Michigan (who, while hardly soft, is not particularly physical).
As far as turnovers go, I suspect the foul calls took Wisconsin out of its game and comfort zone. Of course Ole Miss may be a bit underrated - they did beat Florida to win the SEC Tournament. In any event, I'm with all the folks glad to see Wisconsin eliminated, even if it takes some of the shine off of the B1G.
Anyway, thanks for the input!
|8 weeks 3 days ago||How Much Were Fouls A Factor?||
Question to those who saw some or all of the game: was it your impression that Wisconson lost because they were unable to get away with bumps, etc., that were not typically called as fouls in the B1G?
I'm curious not only w/r/t Wisconson, but whether our preconception that the tournament officials are calling games tighter than the B1G is being borne out in the early rounds.
|8 weeks 5 days ago||81 - 68 Michigan||
U-M 81 - SDSU (NTSDSU) 68
|8 weeks 6 days ago||And the stakes are?||
What's the wager, if you can share?
(And I'd never be crass enough to note that as I read this your post is showing you have 69 MGoPoints, since that would be downright juvenile and I'm above that.)