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|2 weeks 3 min ago||Nu uuh||
That's Bay City.
|4 weeks 5 hours ago||Damn.||
It was Bayless. I get my douche media types confused.
|4 weeks 5 hours ago||Richard Sherman||
Harbaugh needs to take lessons from Richard Sherman on how to troll Cowherd. I recall an exchange between the two of them a year or two ago where Sherman just ignored questions and said "Who are you Colin Cowherd? What have you done? Nothing! I'm better at everything than you. I'm better at LIFE than you."
I loved it.
|6 weeks 5 days ago||At one time||
There was an Olga's in a tiny little stand alone building right in the State and Washington area that I used to eat at about twice a week (early-mid 90's). It replaced an old A2 institution, Gino's Burgers.
The Olga's went out of business while I was still in school and was replaced by a bunch of places that never quite caught on. I think B-Dubs is built on that spot now.
Whenever I see (or think of) Olga's I think of that little one that I used to visit on my way to the Frieze Building (which was the old Ann Arbor high school). North Quad is built there now.
**edit* I must have been writing this while Bringthewood was writing his. Same memories!
|6 weeks 5 days ago||What?!?||
1. You protect your face with your hands
2. For discussion purposes here no one has to "prove" she was aiming for her head. I think among the intellecutally honest its pretty much understood that this whole discussion is premised on the pretext of "IF the allegations are true and IF this coach was aiming for her head in retaliation..." Obviously there are two sides, obviously all the facts may not be known... obvious things are obvious. The article still paints a pretty bad picture. The witnesses apparently thought it looked pretty bad, and one of them is a parent with a daughter on the team. And, again, Jessica Beech doesn't "lose command" to that degree, especially in a BP session.
3. Getting beaned in the face/head with a ball thrown by a high level pitcher can cause significant damage regardless of the sport. No one needs proof or graphic images that a 60+ MPH softball pitch from 43 feet could severely injure someone. It's even more egregious when its coming from one of your own coaches, in BP, and allegedly on purpose. One of my softball pitchers broke the nose of an opposing batter last year which required 2 surgeries to correct. This was U-10.
4. I could care less that this involves MSU. My feelings are the same regardless. In fact, I watched Jessica Beech pitch a lot in HS and I'm kind of a fan of hers. She was the best player in this area by a mile when she was in HS. I'd give her the benefit of the doubt, personally, but again, the facts as they've been presented thus far don't look good.
|6 weeks 5 days ago||and lets not forget||
|6 weeks 5 days ago||What?!||
Throwing at someone's head is never ok, never has been. Beaning someone in the body from time to time, sure, it happens but there is a culture and some unwritten rules about it. And we're talking player v player on OPPOSING TEAMS.
There is no precedent for a COACH to throw at one of their OWN players heads, especially a coach that throws like Jessica Beech. If that ball had connected with that players face... JESUS.
She'd look WORSE than this:
|6 weeks 5 days ago||Living in the Lansing area||
I have occasion to pick up MSU's student newspaper from time to time. There was an article a couple of months ago that was very critical of MSU's softball coach and program, and the althletic department in general, for not emphasizing other sports to the extent of basketball and football, and basically accepting mediocrity. This coach may already be feeling some heat.
|6 weeks 5 days ago||Ya...||
if Jessica Bograkos is the former Jessica Beech, the pitcher from Okemos, then ya, she is definitely not someone you want throwing at your head. She can bring it. She's no shlub off the street who can "kinda pitch," she doesn't "lose command" too often...
|7 weeks 1 day ago||aaaaaand....||
Now you know why I'm back in Michigan, living in my tiny house in my tiny neighborhood, and MUCH happier.
|7 weeks 1 day ago||That's not how I look at it||
Someone could just as easily say "I don't get why people would feel sorry for anyone who is working hard at 2-3 jobs in America, even if they're barely hanging on, after all they could be picking through a trash pile in Bangladesh for food."
There are levels of sympathy, but there is no absolute floor or ceiling. I can feel REALLY sorry for Ethiopian children who are starving, very sorry for my upper-middle class neighbor who is having marriage problems, and kind of sorry for Brady Hoke for having attained his dream job and then failing to make it work. You're allowed to have a part of you that feels bad for the guy, regardless of his lot in life otherwise.
I feel bad for anyone who is a good, likeable person who shoots for the top and fails publicly. Whether or not they struggle financially is of no consequence. It's not like there is a finite amount of sympathy in the world and for every ounce you "waste" on Brady Hoke a child in the Congo goes without.
|7 weeks 1 day ago||and yet||
That same house in/around the Houston, Texas area would probably be closer to 1.7 million.
I couldn't believe the housing there. I bought a house in the North-East (Humble) area for $280,000 that would have been a $360,000 home easily in the East Lansing/Okemos area here in Michigan.
|7 weeks 1 day ago||I'm definitely||
I'm definitely getting a place like that when I move out of my Mom's house.
|8 weeks 4 days ago||Wonder if it's the same||
Wonder if it's the same Spartys who couldn't stop raving about their women's track team.
|9 weeks 6 days ago||HA HA HA HA HA||
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|9 weeks 6 days ago||Gotta love the multiple levels of the retrospectroscope...||
Now... Here we are, May of 2015, basking in the glow of HARBAUGH, and Brian's 2007 words on Hoke went from "true" (and he wasn't hired) to "less true but still pretty much true" come 2011 (when he was hired), to "OMG you couldn't have been more wrong!" after the press conference, the recruiting and that first season to "man was Brian prophetic" now.
I will reiterate my own sentiments from when I posted here some four years ago,
Time, you are a fickle mistress...
|11 weeks 5 days ago||I'd love to listen to the whole thing||
but for large stretches this is just too many people talking at once, and over one another. I had to stop listening after 5 minutes because I just couldn't make out what certain people were saying when others would start to interject.
It gets frustrating when someone gets on an interesting line of reasoning but then gets cut off and the conversation gets redirected. I like the two man podcasts.
|14 weeks 6 days ago||Me too...||
Wait... I *thought* I recognized you!
|16 weeks 1 day ago||I had three of the final four||
I had three of the final four correct, but I had Kentucky over Virginia in the final. If Duke wins my 7 year old daughter wins the whole thing. She had three of the final four correct, but picked ND to upset Kentucky...*so close*.
|16 weeks 4 days ago||"Butt stretched to try and||
"Butt stretched to try and get the first down." -Jim Brandstatter
|19 weeks 6 days ago||True... true...||
although for O-linemen I would assume that the whole concussion thing is less of an issue, statistically, than getting a knee or shoulder shredded. That position doesn't generally have the high speed contact that results in head injury, they see much more of the clipping, chop blocking, getting rolled up on from behind, type stuff.
It'd be interesting to see stats of head trauma by position. I would think running backs, linebackers and safeties would be way up there.
|19 weeks 6 days ago||Exactly!||
He's played 4 years of college football at the highest level but is not an NFL type talent. He was an unheralded recruit who ended up as a starter.
Football takes a toll on you mentally and physically, with an inherent risk of catastrophic injury every time you step onto the field. If I had solid business opportunities elsewhere, and I were in his position, I'd seriously consider walking away with my health intact as well.
|21 weeks 6 days ago||That Dive is IMPOSSIBLE!!!||
That Dive is IMPOSSIBLE!!!
|21 weeks 6 days ago||You know...||
...I take that back, there was something positive that came out of that game. Afterwards, in the locker room, one of our linebackers, Bobby Powers was just DEVESTATED. He was crying and screaming "We're Michigan!! WE ARE MICHIGAN and we're FOUR AND FOUR! We FOUR AND FOUR DOG, and this SHIT HURTS!! IT HURTS ME!! This ain't right, and it ain't gonna keep going like this!"
The locker room, which was buzzing with the whole scene outside, then got quiet and you could feel his words sinking in.
That team DESTROYED everyone we played after that, including an OSU team that *thought* it was headed to the Rose Bowl. (You're welcome Wisconsin).
|22 weeks 1 hour ago||UGH!||
What I remember from this game is Tiller accepting a holding call just before the half in order to take us out of field goal range and, instead giving us an extra down, where we promptly score a touchdown. As he runs off the field for halftime we're all yelling "thanks Joe! Appreciate that extra down Joe!!" Then... the wheels come off...
|22 weeks 1 hour ago||Madison '93||
I was a student manager and during the first pre-game warmups I'm holding balls for Remy Hamilton to practice kicking when, out of nowhere, a D-cell battery nails me in the side of the face. It knocks my glasses off and I have time to catch them in the air just before I get woosy and drop in a heap to the ground. Remy grabs our trainers who come over to take a look and tell me to just take it easy as I assure them I'm okay.
As we head up the tunnel back into the locker room after warmups, I get pelted with wads of marshmellows... only they feel like hacky sacks when they hit. I pick one up off of the ground and find pennies stuffed in them. A few also liberally dump beer through the grates above us.
Ricky Powers fumbles and we lose to Wisconsin for the first time since 1981. The fans go NUTS and storm the field... I'm clad head-to-toe in Michigan gear on the WISCONSIN sideline with one other manager, and getting VERY nervous. A fan comes up from behind and throws a shoulder into the other manager; now I'm flat out scared. Then, out of nowhere, a giant hand clamps down on my shoulder and the sholder of my compatriot. It's a Wisconsin coach. He points to two freshman O-lineman celebrating and says "you two escort these gentleman over to their sideline and don't let any of these motherfuckers touch 'em!" They did, brushing aside anyone who got near us.
The managers start packing up our sideline, as fast as we can, when we hear something over the P.A. to the effect of "we have a pulse-less (something or other) in section (something or other)" and I think, "that's an odd thing to say..." and then one of the equipment managers says "dude, have you seen it over by that fence?! People are like dying and shit over there!!" We quickly head over to that area where we see Wisconsin players, some of them crying, IMPLORING students to "GET BACK! BACK UP!!" There are students pressed up against a chain-link fence wide eyed and terrified. This one girl was so blue I thought she was already dead. Our medical staff orders us to get into the locker room as they start lending assistance.
NOTHING about that game, aside from that one coach's act of humanity, was something I'd characterize as even remotely positive.
|22 weeks 2 hours ago||I don't think there's been many||
I don't think there's been many coaches, PERIOD, who've loved the media. But I will say, when I lived in Texas for few years, Mack Brown was about as frank and open as any coach I'd ever heard. Now, it was his own radio show, granted, but he'd be asked serious questions like:
"So coach, do you think player X is coming along enough to maybe be the answer at safety?"
and he'd say "you know, actually, that young man has some work to do. We're moving away a little bit from our old zone scheme and are going to be asking whoever plays that position to do a lot more man coverage than we have in the past and, frankly, I'm not sure he's quite gotten his speed where it needs to be there. Now, he's got some time, and we're certainly going to give him every opportunity, but right now, he's gotta get quicker if he wants to play there."
I remember hearing stuff like that and thinking "WHOA! I've never heard a coach just, flat out, ANSWER a question like that and, essentially, lay out where a specific player is lacking. He answered questions like that a lot on his show and I remember coming away pretty impressed with his candor.
|22 weeks 3 hours ago||I see a lot of differences||
I see a lot of differences between Harbaugh and Hoke in the presser department. Hoke really didn't give "non-answers" during his first spring, or during that first year when everything seemed to be going right. He didn't always answer the question that was asked, but he always said *something*... the question could be:
and Hoke would respond "Well, you know, you're always trying to fit your personnel to your scheme and, you know, we'll see what we're going to do there, we've got some great backs, some real 'Michigan' backs that know the game and love the game, and I'm sure they're going to do whatever we need them to."
Harbaugh, with that same question *might* say something similar, but he's just as apt to say:
"Dunno, haven't really thought about that." ...and then look around with a far off stare as though he's trying to pick out where that voice in his head yelling "these people are ponderous!!!" is coming from.
Hoke didn't really start giving non-answers, or avoiding questions altogether, until the questions started getting uncomfortable. At that point, there was a noticeable change in his answers and demeanor which we didn't appreciate. If or when that happens with Harbaugh, we won't notice as much of a difference because he isn't being very frank now, and this is still the honeymoon phase when he could say pretty much anything and we'd be like "Wow!! What a great answer! He's great!!"
Plus, Harbaugh will probably never come across as befuddled as Hoke sometimes did toward the end. He'll just keep the same air of "I really don't understand the point of any of this" that he now displays.
|24 weeks 5 days ago||It is articles like this||
It is articles like this, right here, that reaffirm my love of this Blog. Intellectual honesty, even when it comes to OSU. Most other team specific sites don't have the integrity to take off the homer glasses and apply logic and some amount of objectivity to these situations.
I, for one, want to ACTUALLY know if OSU is over-signing. I don't want confirmation of my pre-conceived notions that they are; I want to really know. Based on what I'm seeing, it's not a legitimate charge, so I won't level it. The thing with Drayton leaving right after Weber signs... that appears to have legs. Hopefully it will have ramifications when it comes to future recruiting (although I doubt it).
Our message boards aren't quite as even-minded as they used to be... that's hard to maintain as a site gets more popular; but the staff writers still do a great job of being reasonable with their takes, regardless of the situation and the entity involved.
|25 weeks 2 hours ago||Book it...||
So sure of yourself.