that's unfortunate, but at least the interest is there on both sides
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|1 day 19 hours ago||Surprising.||
It's surprising to me to hear this news. It seemed unlikely to me that Brandon and him would get along.
What?!? Brandon's gone too?
Everything IS awesome!
|1 day 20 hours ago||Exactly||
In the rush to be shrill on McHenry (who seems like a total jackass, to be sure), a lot of commentors are forgetting that there may be two sides to this. Just because McHenry is a nasty person doesn't mean that the clerk isn't a nasty person too.
And, as you note, some clerks get satisfaction from jerking a customer around. Kevin Smith made a brilliant movie playing on this fact about 20 years ago. And clerks in towing companies (like postal desk workers, parking ticket clerks, DMV clerks, etc.) are dealing with a lot of peeved customers. Some are great at giving the customer a chance to prove themselves decent, and some start off by pissing off the customer because (apparently) (a) they're going to assume the customer is always a jackass, or (b) it is one of the satisfactions of their job.
Again, none of this excuses McHenry.
|1 day 20 hours ago||You're right.||
I should have started by saying that I'm not defending her actions. Wait ... I did.
McHenry proved herself to be a jerk (and a bit of a dope, too - degree notwithstanding). But to pretend like context doesn't matter whatsoever? It's possible that McHenry parked her car legally, had to truck herself down to the tow company, go through the stress of thinking her car was stolen, paid an unjust fee, and then had the clerk make her wait unnecessarily for two hours before deigning to work with her, and then had the clerk treat her rudely (and another Arlington-based commentor noted that this is exactly this towing company's m.o.). That might help explain McHenry's actions.
Explaining someone's actions is not equivalent to excusing them.
|1 day 22 hours ago||A Bang?||
Sure - it's been quite a while since I've joined in on one of these. Help me work the posbang cricks out of my neck.
|1 day 22 hours ago||Context Matters||
I'm not defending McHenry's words or actions here, but context matters. If the tow company woman was being imperious, condescending, etc. - which folks in clerical positions sometimes are - that matters. I've seen tow company clerks go on passive-aggressive benders that are plainly aimed to irritate. That could well be what's going on in this edited tape, and if so, I understand where McHenry's coming from even if I don't condone it.
If this is McHenry's m.o., then I'm less sympathetic to her. We don't really know what's going on without hearing the entire conversation. (Other than we know that McHenry can take a low blow or two when irritated.)
Either way, it's mind-blowing to think that she kept at it after being told that the video would be publicized.
|2 days 20 hours ago||Element of Choice||
I'm with you (and wholly support your comment below that it's imperative that a coach be himself/herself rather than fake intensity), but there's a critical difference between the pros and college - the element of choice. For college, absent a coaching regime change, the athletes know what they are getting into. If you come to Michigan with Harbaugh as coach and are surprised the head coach is intense, I've got no sympathy for you.
In the pros, you've got little say in who your head coach is. You might get Harbaugh, you might get Jim Caldwell, depending on who drafts you. (Some choice comes out of free agency, but that's not a real factor for most of the team at any given time.)
Also, in college you know that you're out in 4-5 years. It's much easier to put up with coaching styles you don't like if you can see the finish line - even if the finish line is a few years away.
|2 days 21 hours ago||Exhibit A - Harbaughs||
I think that high octane can work (Exh. A-1, Jim Harbaugh) and lower octane can work (Exh. A-2 John Harbaugh). Commitment to details, enthusiasm, loyalty, etc. are - to me - the real barometers of potential success. Emotionalism is secondary at best, but won't be a problem for future Michigan classes because they damn well know what they're getting into when they sign up with Jim Harbaugh.
I do think that high octane is less likely to work in the pros. Pros are mostly more mature, more professional, and less likely to be motivated by in-yo-face tactics.
|1 week 1 day ago||I really hate MSU, but Cumong||
Izzo is an ass, but he's a great tournament coach. So maybe, just maybe, Swanigan commited because he likes Izzo (and knows he can coast at MSU).
|1 week 1 day ago||Fascinating notion... .||
Buchanon's mother seems like a person I wouldn't like. But where's the link to the story - just so we can see if there's some context here that explains her demand somewhat?
Also, let the OP's four kids plus one on the way serve as a warning to the rest of us - think twice before you cancel your cable. (I kid, and congratulate, the OP.)
Finally, I do jokingly remind my kids they've been cash-negative from day one. What I forget to mention enough is it's easily the best money I've ever spent.
|1 week 3 days ago||Burying the Lede||
I feel bad for Dean, but something else in that article caught my eye. Apparently Ohio State is interested in the following player Being There at OSU.
A player named "Chauncey Gardner"? He could grow up to be president!
|1 week 3 days ago||Maully's Ring - Michigan Man!||
The first item in the Etc. section is worth a click - in addition to the ring, it has a photo of the congratulatory letter to Maulbetsch from Fielding Yost. The Yost letter contains the phrase "Michigan men" to describe those affiliated with the football team, which is the earliest I've seen that phrase used in conjunction with Michigan Athletics.
That's right - the term is over 100 years old.
|1 week 4 days ago||Sure it is ... .||
Next thing you'll tell us is that 1,000 Island dressing is just mayonnaise with Worcestershire Sauce, pickle relish, and a little lemon juice.
|1 week 4 days ago||Get thee to a nunnery!||
If we're opening it up to all college basketball players of all eras, why pick a nearly-universally reviled player who prided himself on being a jackass? Lew Alcindor, Magic Johnson, Ralph Sampson, Larry Bird, Hakeem Olajuwon, etc., would all be better players on this team.
And none of them would crater the ipecac market in Ann Arbor.
|1 week 4 days ago||I kind of like it.||
I like that Harbaugh's not meting out some punishment just for the sake of appearing tough. He knows that if Glasgow slips up, probation will sweep him away. He's obviously talked with Glasgow, and it appears to him that the courts have Glasgow's attention.
Harbaugh seems focused on Glasgow's well-being, and that's where I want his focus.
[Edit] - Also, I think it matters that Harbaugh explained his reasoning behind his approach with Glasgow. Compare that to the answer someone in E. Lansing would like have gotten if they dared ask Dantonio about his disciplinary (hah!) policies. The transparency here really matters - and it's cool that Harbaugh knows that information that's public, like the probationary terms, are fair game for him to discuss.
|1 week 4 days ago||Agreed.||
If Duke wasn't a team that is widely perceived to get more than their share of calls, there would not be the focus. But Duke is perceived to have the refs' ears, in part because Coach K is constantly whinging to them, and in part because that perception is really hard to avoid in Cameron Hall.
But I agree that officiating is difficult, and they're not all Tim Donaghys out there.
|1 week 4 days ago||The Why||
People are upset because Coach K and Duke are widely reviled, and we think Wisconsin deserved better. Most of the viewing audience did not come into the game last night thinking "gee, I don't really care who wins - just curious to see how it works out". Most viewers and fans pick a side to root for.
|1 week 4 days ago||Glen Rice||
Best stroke I've ever seen, and a great all-around player.
Second choice would be Jalen Rose. (Not old enough to have seen Cazzie Russell, so I don't know how he would rate with today's players.) Jalen definitely played well, both making his own shot and making those around him play better.
|1 week 5 days ago||I don't think Ryan cares.||
At Wisconsin, all they care about is their suckoffs.
|1 week 6 days ago||Something to this.||
This comports with my experience. As a white guy, I don't use the term because I sincerely don't think it's my place to do so. Too long of a history of white folks using the term to make it anything but ugly coming from me.
But any time I've been called that, it's been because I was getting the better of someone in competition (or by a black friend as a term of endearment). In those contexts it offended me not one bit. I understand that many folks want to banish the term altogether, and don't quarrel with that aspiration, but have found it really hard to get too pissed when someone calls me ( as a white person) that. I don't hear it tossed around in competition to players who don't have some game.
|1 week 6 days ago||This goes here ...||
But Aaron Craft's not even black!
|1 week 6 days ago||I didn't neg you.||
But if you keep tossing around offensive phrases like "truthful fact" Imma neg you hard.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||What color is this dress?||
But maybe this is like that "what color is this dress?" picture that was making the rounds a few weeks ago. You know, the one that some saw as blue and black, and others saw as gold and white.
(Hint - it's not. Maize is our school color, while highlighter yellow is the color that's on our team's uniforms. I'd like to see maize return to the uniforms. It's not a huge issue for me, but the highlighter yellow is an annoyance from my perspective.)
|2 weeks 1 day ago||It's "Salsa Calista", not "Sauce Calisto"||
Salsa Calista - Thankfully different that Sauce Castillo. The production process involves a proprietary secret between Ms. Flockhart and Harrison Ford.
I don't like secrets like that, so I don't use Salsa Calista.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Spicy!||
We can only hope Nik grows and waxes a moustache for the occasion. Also, sombreros would be nice - at least when players are on the bench.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||I am!||
And I wrote the stupid thing.
Have at it, IBD crowd. I have it coming.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Forgot he was still so young.||
Retiring at 26 is an odd concept outside of certain sports and boy bands - many of us were just getting going on our real careers at 26. It's nice he was able to finish the year out on a highly successful team in his familial backyard.
All the best to Steve Schilling moving forward!
|2 weeks 2 days ago||I'd be driven insane a bit earlier than that.||
I'm all for frugality, but when TP'd you gathered up the paper and used it? That'd be enough to push me over the edge. Like they* always say - "once strewn on a bush keep the stuff off your tush!".
*And by "they" I mean I just made it up.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Relax, Austin Blue.||
A gramme is better than a damn, after all.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Parity's The Point||
Magnus, you say that "the amateurism portion of college football is at least partially intended to create parity. Otherwise, players would go to the highest bidder."
I agree, but allowing flagrant academic fraud disrupts parity too. It creates an advantage in recruiting (those who don't want to "play school") and in maintaining eligibility (at upright schools bad students are academically ineligible, at UNC classes apparently were like kiddie-kicker soccer - everyone's a winner).
Allowing academic fraud is cheating, it's intentional, and it's material. And the NCAA should enforce instances of cheating. Especially when it's institutional.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||It's certainly part of their job.||
I agree with most of Magnus's post, but cumong NCAA. It's one thing to say it's not your job to monitor academic integrity. OK - for the reasons Magnus cites.
But once you have compelling evidence of a school fostering academic fraud to give student athletes a competitive (in sports) advantage? That's cheating, plain and simple. And it's institutional, plain and simple. So do your freakin' job and mete out some punishment here, and make it severe. Otherwise you further cement the notion that the NCAA is a joke.
So to the extent they're offering this up as cover for not going hard after UNC, I suspect ipecac sales will plummet around the rest of the country (and 2/3rds of the Research Triangle, for that matter).