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|2 days 22 hours ago||Aaaaand||
Right away the first comment is dickish. Look, either give some analysis or don't post.
|11 weeks 3 days ago||These comments||
Remind me of the ridiculous "we're turrrible" threads after the basketball team lost to Wisconsin in the B1G tourney. This coach should fired, that player has no discipline, the sky is falling, we'll be lucky to win one game in the NCAA tournament...
|12 weeks 5 days ago||thanks!||
So nothing more elaborate than that huh? The guy who posed the question, in a sort of "Quiz of the Day" kind of way, gave me the impression that it was something a bit less mundane.
|12 weeks 5 days ago||Sort of a hijack... but...||
Keeping with the theme of history and education;
can anyone tell me why, up until 1957, only 6 of the annual MSU/UofM football games were played in East Lansing?
|13 weeks 14 hours ago||That was the allegation||
Yost knew better than to just come out and say that he hated catholics publicly, so he often accused Notre Dame of using "ringers" and felt that they got away with this because they didn't belong to a conference and therefore didn't have to comply with Big Ten rules against that sort of thing. The reality, according to most sources, though, is that Notre Dame didn't use ringers any more than most other programs, including Michigan.
What I find is that Notre Dame fans will cite that book ad nauseum when attempting to illustrate Yost's moral failings, but will deny that the book even exists when it comes to the part where a group of Michigan students essentially brought football to ND and "taught" them how to play.
|13 weeks 15 hours ago||1994 backfield||
I was the running backs manager that year. In addition to Wheatley and Tshimanga that backfield also had fresman Chris Howard and Chris Floyd as well as Jon Ritchie, Che Foster and "Steady" Eddie Davis.
That was my first glimpse into the mind of Coach Jackson. Coming into the building after two-a-days Coach Jackson told me that Biakabatuka had feet as fast as Barry Sanders' (which *could* be true) and that, if he had his choice he'd start Chris Howard over everyone because he was the quickest in the hole.
He then quipped "did you know Timmy speaks something like 4 languages? Did you know Jon Ritchie got like a 1550 on his SAT's? How am I supposed to coach those guys? They're all smarter than I am?!" I still have a picture of a 1 year old Jeremy Jackson hanging around with the players in the lockerroom somewhere.
|17 weeks 2 days ago||To me||
I'll cut a kid more slack if he comes from a rough/poor background and simply doesn't always have a solid grasp on "how to act" when thrust in the limelight... but when you're a guy who grew up with every advantage, supportive parents etc. and you still can't seem to "get it right" the sympathy fades a bit more quickly. He knows what to do, he just can't manage to do it because he has this sense of entitlement. At least that's how he comes across.
|17 weeks 2 days ago||Not a douche at all?||
What news have you been following? Lets see, gets pissy on twitter over a ticket on his Mercedes, gets sent home from the Manning camp because he can't "wake up", shows up unannounced at a frat party on the campus of an arch rival and gets pissy when they boot him... And that's what? The last 3 months? You're right. Model citizen.
|17 weeks 2 days ago||Lets see...||
Over privileged rich kid from Texas who happens to be good at football turns our to be a petulant douche with no concept of boundaries or consequences. Bit "on the nose" isn't it?
|17 weeks 6 days ago||The thing that bothers me||
The thing that bothers me is that I had the "rented" cushions a few years ago for free when they unceremoneously moved my season tickets from one end zone to the other to make more room for the students (who didn't show up until the second quarter anyway... but I digress). The rental cushions are terrible. It had rained the morning before the game and the cushions were soaked through at game time, but because we couldn't remove them we had no choice but to sit there and get our asses soaked for the entire game. Our friends brought their foam seat cushions to the game out of habit and ended up using those to buffer themselves from the saturated rental cushions.
Obviously, this made us decidedly uninterested in the permanent cushions as they were inferior to simply bringing your own DRY cushion to each game.
|17 weeks 6 days ago||Question...||
So will the officially licensed seat cushions bearing the M logo come with a warning that said cushion should not be purchased with the intent of using it at M sporting events? Or is this just a caveat emptor kind of thing?
|18 weeks 5 days ago||LDS church||
the Mormons had a concentrated outreach to American Samoa, with many converts deciding to move to Utah over the past few decades.
EDIT: and Tongans and other Pacific Islanders.
|18 weeks 6 days ago||TIMMMMAAAY!!!||
|18 weeks 6 days ago||Agreed||
The main thrust of the article, about Meyer being a fake, gets completely undercut by the fact that he kept going back to the Hyde issue which is now, apparently, a non-issue.
What rubs me the wrong way about Urban Meyer is the same thing that rubed me the wrong way about Tressel... they both profess to be "doing it better" than everyone else despite the mountain of evidence to the contrary. Stop with the holier than though act and quit feeding us this notion that because you're vocal about your faith you're somehow a step above your peers. Both of them seem to subscribe to the notion that if they keep telling people how much integrity and decency they have eventually it'll just be accepted as the reality. They have this obsession with having full control of a narritive that, in reality, is largely shaped by the whims of 20 year old kids and the media who reports on their missteps.
|19 weeks 1 hour ago||DOH!||
Ya, I did kinda kill it there. *boo*
|19 weeks 2 hours ago||well, to be fair||
It's not like "Notre Dame," the institution spent the money. Addidas made that shirt, as I'm sure a handfull of other licensees did. It's not that much outlay for a few thousand shirts to sell right away and the profit margin makes it completely worth it if the team does win. How big of an underdog a particular team is doesn't factor into the equation. After all, significant under dogs DO occassionally pull off the miracle, plus, can you imagine the fall out if ND had won and all of their fans at the game immediately went clamoring to buy official gear only to find out that Addidas didn't have enough faith in their team to have shirts and hats printed up? *gulp*
Better to have them ready on the off chance you'll be able to sell a $3.00 shirt for $25.00 than NOT be prepared and face a disasterous PR problem.
|19 weeks 1 day ago||I'll never forget that voice||
"Goddamn it, let's go!! It's black bag day! This is a big goddamn game! Notre Dame! We're playing Notre Dame! Assholes! FUCK 'EM!! Let's go!! Black bags, lets GO!!!"
|20 weeks 5 days ago||okay sure||
so I'm of questionable character because a sick kid decided to equate my school with his brain cancer and I was honest about the fact that this struck me as a comparison I didn't care for. Right. Got it.
|20 weeks 5 days ago||Okay, seriously||
This kid can do whatever he wants, no one is forbidding it and its not like I'm going to walk up to him and tell him his tactic for dealing with cancer offends me. I'm expressing my opinion to a bunch of Michigan bloggers here, I'm not ripping the kid on a billboard in his hometown. It is possible to fully support this child and still privately be of the opinion that equating his cancer with Michigan is kind of Buckeye-ish.
|20 weeks 5 days ago||Easy dude||
Jesus, you think I'd actually SAY that to a kid with cancer?! what the fuck's wrong with YOU? Expressing my view that I think this is kind of shitty, on this blog, does not equate to walking up to a family dealing with cancer and telling them off. You need to turn it down from 11 there guy.
I said it was something that I thought, not something I'd say. I'd SAY "so sorry to hear that. If there's anything I can do..." And I would mean it, but a part of me would also not appreciate equating my school with this child's disease. I wouldn't say that to a family battling cancer, but I'd certainly THINK it as a secondary issue. Just being honest. But for purposes of having an open discussion about it on this blog, and for purposes of being HONEST about how that whole thing struck me; sorry but it struck me as kind of a Buckeye thing to do. It's the kind of thing that wouldn't even occur to me to suggest, and if it did come up I would suggest we pick something else to call the cancer because naming it after a rival school is just kind of Buckeye-ish.
I never said anything about being "enraged" by it, I never said he doesn't have "the right" to do it and I never, NEVER suggested that if, given the opportunity I would walk up to this kid or his parents and say any of this. I'm just merely expressing that I, like Brian, also found this a totally "Buckeye thing to do."
You're goddamn right he can name his cancer any goddamn thing he wants, but I'm goddamn well within my rights to think TO MYSELF that its kind of shitty and, when it comes up on the blog, express my view without YOU giving me life advice and making judgements about my character.
|20 weeks 5 days ago||I respect the other perspectives on this Michigan/Cancer thing||
but I'm sort of with Brian. As soon as I saw the whole "kid names his cancer 'Michigan' and then beats it" headline I said "Good for him for beating cancer!" ...and also thought "wow, what a totally Buckeye thing to do." Sorry. To me, the statement is more about the parents than the kid.
My school, my alma mater, a place I hold near and dear to my heart, a place that has devoted significant resources into becoming a world renowned children's hospital and cancer research center does not deserve to be the metaphorical stand-in for a child's horrible, life threatening disease. I wish the kid well, but that's, I don't know, gratuitous and kind of shitty. I mean, the kid has cancer, I get it, but why do you have to shit on my school about it. How does that make things better?
I for one, as a parent, would feel like a total douche walking around telling people that my kid has cancer and has decided to name it "Sparty." I would inherently know that my MSU aquaintances would immediately think "Jesus, sorry about your kid, but, seriously, fuck you. My school is not your kid's cancer and I don't appreciate the connotation." I wouldn't do that to others or encourage it out of my child. A Buckeye, apparently, would... hence it's a total Buckeye thing to do.
If it were my child I would suggest we call the cancer "Loki" or "Bane" or any other truly "bad guy" out there that they might want to defeat. If "Michigan" is the worst thing this kid can think of, making it his proxy for "brain cancer" then, again, we are dealing with a Buckeye mentality and this is a total Buckeye thing to do.
|20 weeks 5 days ago||Oh ya...||
and the thing is... we knew it. The team experienced tough losses the prior year and bounced back to finish strong because we just knew we weren't putting it all together. The Colorado loss was completely different. There was no feeling of "we're going to be fine" it was a feeling of "we blew our shot, just play out the string."
For the rest of the season we beat the teams we were supposed to beat (had too much talent and too good of coaching for anything else) but we lacked something against Penn State that I would directly attribute to the Colorado loss. The coaches tried, they said and did all of the things that had worked the year before ("our goals are still in front of us!") but for the players... it was different. Maybe its a good example as to why we should always keep the talk centered on the Big Ten Championship. I dunno.
|20 weeks 5 days ago||Kordell||
God that '94 Colorado loss was hard. MAN.
As a student manager I was directly across from Stewart when he heaved that ball, winding up Coach Carr's cords on the sideline. Lloyd and Coach Mattison were hugging, literally hugging each other as they set up for that final play. Coach Carr had handed me his headset and began walking up the field to get a view of the pass from deeper in the secondary. I was winding up the cord, at the Buffs' 30 yard line, when Kordell reared back and I yelled "keep dreaming my man! You ain't got that kinda arm!!" Turns out, he did. He threw that thing from his own 27 to our 3.
As the ball went up in the air a few players (all taller than me) stepped out in front of me and I lost my view. I just put my head down and kept winding the cord, smiling and waiting for the crowd to erupt. Instead, the stadium gasped and went dead. I mean DEAD. I looked up the sideline just as a fellow manager turned around and threw his hands up over his head in dispair. I yell out "what?!" and he blubbers "they fucking caught it!"
That game just felt HUGE at the time. We were coming off of 5 straight Big Ten titles (4 outright) from '88 to '92 and then the year before, my first year as a manager, we go 8-4. We had been 4-4 at one point in '93 (after that horrible Wisconsin game in Madison), but blasted through the rest of the season, beating down an OSU team that thought it was Rose Bowl bound and thrashing NC State in the Hall of Fame Bowl. We felt really good going into '94.
Before the Colorado game, the '94 team had *secret* talks of making a national championship run. Not just "Rose Bowl" talk as tradition dictates, but actual national championship talk. Coach Moeller wasn't even discouraging it. We had an experienced QB, Wheatley was back, a huge and talented O-line, Mercury and Amani, and a veteran defense. We beat Notre Dame in South Bend the week before and we figured we we're on our way. Then... Stewart to Westbrook and that damn SI cover. "THE CATCH!"
Then we ended up on the cover of SI again a month later after another heartbreaking loss, this time to Penn State. We lost to Wisconsin two weeks later (back to back losses to the Badgers was unheard of back then) and then dropped the final game in the 'Shoe to a pretty crappy OSU squad and watched them haul John friggin Cooper off the field on their shoulders like he'd just been fired for lying. This was the game where various pieces of equipment "came up missing" from our locker room inside OSU's stadium, including Wheatley's helmet and other rather essential items. A bowl win against Colorado State to end the season was of little solace (although San Diego was nice).
Jesus 1994 sucked. Even after all we've endured since; from the Season of Infinite Pain, the Horror on through the Rich Rod years, 1994 will continue to live in infamy.
|23 weeks 4 days ago||Ladies!||
"Hey there Ladies... Like to go for a spin in my sweet convertible? It's a Pontiac!"
|24 weeks 1 day ago||"necessary" or not||
"necessary" or not isn't the question. It's "who's paying for them." That's the question. Since it's 'Bama the answer is probably "rich booster," to which, whatever. *shrug*
|24 weeks 1 day ago||fine line||
It's a fine line between "trashing" a school's academics and praising their academic support. Kind of like the line between stupid and clever.
It's just that little turn...
|24 weeks 1 day ago||I think this is totally awesome||
good natured, no big deal, and funny. I wish stuff like this came to define the back and forth we have with our rivals more than the vitriol that's usually served up.
|25 weeks 5 days ago||To me||
It looks like something DC Comics would have come up with in the 70's for a superhero, some minor character named "Dyna-Star" or some such thing. It's got that "I bet the kids really thought that looked cool 30 years ago" vibe going on.
|30 weeks 4 days ago||all I can say is||
I love that "#winteriscoming" is in that pic.
|33 weeks 3 days ago||I was at both of those||
...miserable. But for my money, nothing was worse than Purdue1995.