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|2 weeks 2 days ago||Going to a concert with the||
Going to a concert with the lady, a show I'm not all too thrilled about, and I'm now convinced that Dave Brandon and Ken Holland are on a personal mission to ruin sports for me, but oh well. There will at least be plenty of beer in a few hours!
|2 weeks 3 days ago||What in the blue hell...||
This is infuriating. Since at least 2011 if not earlier, we've heard every offseason and trade deadline that the Wings won't be making any big moves because the asking price is one or two of the numerous elite (so we're repeatedly told) prospects in GR. Just be patient, they tell us. We're not pulling the trigger on the blockbuster move because these guys are the real deal and once they hit the NHL ice, oh baby, better stand back. Then the chances come to offload wastes of space like Cleary and Quincey and let one of these coveted, jealously guarded kids come up, and they fucking re-up these losers. Or they let them go, wait a few years, and bring them back, ala Samuelsson. Or they give up a prospect and a draft pick to get a 33 year-old for six weeks and then nothing. You either make moves to win a Cup, or you go with the youth. This is just inexplicable. So who will be the next prospect after Jarnkrok to demand a trade while Cleary plays 15 wasted minutes per night?
Cap space. We hear about how precious it is. We hear about how the Red Wings have some and they're going to make a splash with it. In nine days, they've taken $5.75 million of next year's, poured gasoline on it, and flicked a match. Meanwhile Chicago, a team AT THE CAP, adds Brad Richards. The rest of the league is running circles around Ken Holland.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Heheh, cheers and thanks!||
Heheh, cheers and thanks!
|2 weeks 6 days ago||I have always agreed with||
I have always agreed with what has been said above numerous times: beating Ohio State is ten times more exhilarating than beating Michigan State, but losing to Sparty is ten times as awful as losing to OSU. My memories of really watching Michigan football begin with the 1988 season, so I've experienced plenty of dominance over both, and, lately, plenty of heartbreak against both. The differences in how they handle it are telling: Michigan beats OSU, they're crushed. They beat Michigan, it's the happiest day of the year. Michigan beats Michigan State, they act like they don't give a shit while somehow simultaneously peddling conspiracy theories. They win, and holy fuck, it's more than the happiest day of the year: history has actually been undone.
In terms of pure football, I'd rather beat Ohio State. In terms of fans, I'd rather beat Michigan State. I have lived in Columbus and I currently live near Lansing, and there's simply no comparing the obnoxiousness. Oh, sure, Ohio State fans act like drunken asshats and can be downright violent, no question about it. But Michigan State fans have this...other thing, I don't know, I can't describe it. They paint themselves as the "everymen," the cool, likeable alternative to the alleged WASP-ish, "Arrogant Asses" of Ann Arbor, and then at the same time engage in the incredibly elitist and classist practice of labeling non-alumni Michigan fans as "Walmart Wolverines" and lampooning them as rednecks. It's that hypocrisy (which is compounded by the fact that their own non-alumni fans engage in it) that makes them and their current dominance simply insufferable.
On the other hand, 2-6 against Dantonio? Ugh. 0-3 against Urban? Double ugh.
Fuck Notre Dame. Not only has Michigan gone 6 of 8, they've made sure it's absolutely heartbreaking every time. If they get Michigan back on the way out the door after making sure they got the last home game, oh well. Enjoy the ACC. Losers.
Edit: Also, I have a cousin who, prior to moving to Denver and jumping on the Broncos bandwagon, didn't give a shit about any sport, period. So first he becomes an NFL fan, then when he decides it's time to learn about college football too, he allows his wife to make him a Sparty. If it isn't annoying enough that he's been a fan of football since 2011 and a fan of MSU since 2012 and acts like a complete lifelong fanatic, he of course also "don't know shit" about Michigan's prior dominance of Michigan State, but can tell you in a heartbeat that MSU has currently won 5 of 6. Seriously, I love him, but fuck that guy.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||The Wings have inexplicably||
The Wings have inexplicably re-signed Kyle Quincey, and with a raise. Hilarous.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||Glad they got him, but this||
Glad they got him, but this unfortunately in no way changes the unmitigated failure to get a top D-man. It's trade or promote more Griffins, hopefully the latter.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||Wings get smoked in free||
Wings get smoked in free agency (no surprise there). Now I'm hearing about potential trades. At this point I'd rather they did nothing. They'll get taken to the cleaners for a top-4 defenseman. Hold on to the future, it's not that far off.
|5 weeks 4 days ago||At least he won't be||
At least he won't be receiving a flood of death threats like if he'd trolled Ohio State.
|7 weeks 4 days ago||I'm not an in-depth follower||
I'm not an in-depth follower of soccer the way I am with hockey and college football, so forgive my ignorance. It seems to me like I see a lot more of this absolutist commentary about soccer than I do in other sports, i.e. that it's a foregone conclusion this team or that team can't win. Even in sports that have five- or seven-game playoff series, which drastically reduce the possibility of an underdog advancing, I see at least a little more optimism about overmatched teams than this. I know pool play is tough, but one or two Cinderella teams string together two or three unlikely wins every year in the NCAA Tourney. I can't imagine a coach going into the Big Dance or Stanley Cup Playoffs expressing anything less than, "One game at a time, we can play with anyone," et al. Is there something inherent in soccer that just renders such upsets far less likely than in other sports?
|8 weeks 3 days ago||Bummer for Pacioretty,||
Bummer for Pacioretty, though.
|8 weeks 3 days ago||Oh well. I'm glad he's gone,||
Oh well. I'm glad he's gone, but at the same time I can't say I care too much about this incident. Considering the way Ohio State fans treat visitors, I hope it hurt like hell.
|12 weeks 2 days ago||Remove one little letter from||
Remove one little letter from the end of that sentence and the whole post changes...
|12 weeks 2 days ago||Oh, how I loved that Nike ad||
Oh, how I loved that Nike ad circa 1996...
|12 weeks 3 days ago||It makes me want to puke that||
It makes me want to puke that the general consensus is that the OSU and MSU games can be written off in May. And I don't fault anyone who feels that way, that's pretty much how it looks to me, too. I'm not saying Hoke doesn't deserve another chance, but anyone saying he shouldn't even be on the hot seat needs to pause and really give a thought to that point: it is considered a foregone conclusion that Michigan will not beat either OSU or MSU this year, which would drop Brady Hoke's record against them to 2-6. At what point is there SOME accountability?
|12 weeks 4 days ago||Trey Burke, too.||
Trey Burke, too. Disappointing.
[EDIT: beaten to it]
|12 weeks 4 days ago||For sure. Though I sometimes||
For sure. Though I sometimes have a hard time understanding when the players make it sound as though it's tough to get up for every game. You're playing hockey, guys. I have played in recreational leagues since I was six, and to this day I cherish every time I lace my skates up, I am still pumped every time I hop over the boards. I have little doubt it's different when it's your job, but I can't believe it's THAT different. Especially with the added challenge of knowing you're going out there against the best players in the world.
|12 weeks 4 days ago||A shorter season where the||
A shorter season where the team usually only plays a couple nights a week...seems perfect for Babcock, whom I love as Wings coach but also wonder about his ability to motivate the team night-in and night out (though I wondered about motivation among the Wings when Scotty was there, too - could just be that 82 games is a long season). The Red Wings are my first concern, and it would be a speedbump for sure to have a coach like Babcock up and leave to go to the college ranks, but that's a mighty organization which will be fine with just about anyone behind the bench. But the things someone like Babcock could do for Michigan's hockey program...hope they can make this happen.
|12 weeks 5 days ago||OK, that's what I wasn't sure||
OK, that's what I wasn't sure of. That she was previously helping with recruting was clear, I thought maybe even in a legitimate, administrative role. I just wasn't sure if the article was trying to say this request was made AFTER the rape, because that would be pretty much beyond horrible, not that the story isn't anyway.
|12 weeks 5 days ago||Yeah, the article doesn't||
Yeah, the article doesn't seem well-written. I gained the impression that the victim assisted with recruiting before, but then after the rape she was contacted by Galt. Since it's after that that it says Franklin asked her about finding girls, I initially thought that also happened after. It isn't clear at all.
|12 weeks 5 days ago||Did I miss something here?||
Did I miss something here? Because it sounds like a girl accused a football player of rape, and his coach's response was to call her in and ask if she could gather hotties for recruiting assistance. Which sounds...pretty terrible.
|12 weeks 5 days ago||Thanks, I was really||
Thanks, I was really nostalgic for 2007...
|12 weeks 5 days ago||Yeah, I considered that last||
Yeah, I considered that last year, too. In fact, I'd been considering it since about 2010. Then they went to Indy and beat Ohio State, then to Pasadena and beat Stanford. Both may have been hard-fought games, but the wins were not flukes. Yes, their offense looked like a joke early in the season and cost them a win in South Bend (the officiating didn't help, either). But they got better every week and proved by the end that they belonged, the opposite of what Michigan did. Yes, it was just one season. I'm just saying the popular refrain for a few years has been, "Yeah, but they missed Ohio State at their best, didn't play anyone elite." They finally got their chance this year and made good on it. I hate that fan base and especially that dick of a coach as much as anyone else, but the minimizing of their accomplishments, especially given what a joke Michigan has been lately, is laughable.
|12 weeks 6 days ago||15-11 in two seasons at OSU||
15-11 in two seasons at OSU would result in murders.
|12 weeks 6 days ago||I'd be careful wishing for||
I'd be careful wishing for that. With our luck, if that happens, the team then somehow pulls together for a fluke, miracle win in Columbus that caps an 8-4-type season (that includes at least two bad losses) and is just enough to gloss over everything else and keep everyone employed.
|12 weeks 6 days ago||Man, this thought has ruined||
Man, this thought has ruined my day. What happened? When I started watching Michigan football as a little kid in the late '80s, OSU was Michigan's toe-to-toe rival, it was as even a rivalry as you'd find, and it was huge. Michigan even gained quite an upper hand in my first decade of fandom, though my Dad always made sure I was steeped enough in history to not get carried away with "We OWN them!"-type thoughts. MSU was a joke that Michigan stomped most years when the game was in Ann Arbor, and who would occasionally shock Michigan with a narrow win in East Lansing, which they'd treat like the Super Bowl. I quickly took notice of how Michigan fans celebrated a win over MSU for a day, and Sparties celebrated a win over Michigan for six months, even if they failed to make a bowl or do anything else of note that year. That Michigan would dominate them most of the time was an afterthought. Life was good.
15 years later, things started to slip..."Could it really be just this Tressel guy, or is something deep beneath the surface in Ann Arbor slowly beginning to rear its head? At least they still dominate Sparty, but man it sucks having to take solace in that considering they're a train wreck. Hopefully things will get turned around against OSU soon, that nice run against them is starting to get pretty meaningless..."
Ten years later, I'm just happy Michigan can still get by the Minnesotas and Indianas to at least maintain "middle of the pack" status. The day that an honest assessment of the two programs places Michigan below Michigan State is something that was unfathomable to me for two decades. I guess the one bright side I see is that I don't agree with this, "First we climb back to MSU's level, then we can worry about Ohio State," mentality. They're not that far apart anymore. Getting on par with one will be just about on par with both. And man, is it gonna be a slog...
|13 weeks 17 hours ago||Ryan may be a bit of a home||
Ryan may be a bit of a home game, but your initial point about Brandon was right, too: Sparty and Northwestern are the two back-to-back road games, and the compensation for that is getting...Indiana and Minnesota at home two years in a row? Is Dave Brandon by chance descended from whichever Russian sold Alaska to the US?
|13 weeks 2 days ago||Laphroaig. That is all.||
Laphroaig. That is all.
|13 weeks 2 days ago||I agree it doesn't fit||
I agree it doesn't fit perfectly, because those directing their anger over this at McGary are obviously not striking at the overall source of their life's frustrations, as would be applicable against, say, "cultural elites," or "Washington." But I don't see why the writer can't apply a "micro" version of it as opposed to the "macro" of Nietzsche's. Maybe it wasn't accurate to say what is going on here is exactly "ressentiment," but I don't think it's wildly off.
|13 weeks 2 days ago||And I wasn't referring solely||
And I wasn't referring solely to the McGary situation, hence why my statements about "ressentiment" and marijuana use weren't in the same paragraph. I was simply appreciating Nietzsche for coining a term for something I believe is unfortunately a widespread sentiment.
|13 weeks 2 days ago||I've always thought those who||
I've always thought those who actually say "Haters gonna hate" already have the douche part covered.