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|4 weeks 18 hours ago||Reeeeeeg!!||
|5 weeks 2 days ago||Metellus||
I feel like I need to point out that Metellus was back in after the long pass completion. He was in on the next 1st and 10 when they fumbled the snap, which was 3 plays later.
Maybe this doesn't move the needle much as to the whole "circumstantial evidence" thing, but he was right back in for at least one play.
|7 weeks 3 days ago||The Game Day Experience Despiration||
The thing that really stood out to me was the Game Day Experience Despiration that just sort of permiated everything.
-SMOKE for the players to make their entrance
-FIRE blazing near the mouth of the tunnel
-FIREWORKS shooting out of one endzone scoreboard
-A SIREN coming from the upper deck of the opposite endzone scoreboard
-A CANNON firing... at random and without notice before the game
It was this hodge-podge of cliched sports venue gimmicks that just all seemed to be thrown out without any real rhyme or reason.
The cannon was the only thing that seemed "organic." Everything else felt like some assistant AD happened by an NFL stadium garage sale and just picked up whatever he could. "We'll figure out how to incorprate it all later..."
|8 weeks 6 days ago||So where do we go||
So where do we go to do this kind of thing?
I've got two FRONT ROW end zone tickets that I'd like to sell, preferrably to M fans, PREFERRABLY to an MGOBLOGGER... all I want is face value.
I don't want to breach protocol here by making my little ad its own board post, but is there a place on the site we *should* be going to for this kind of thing?
|9 weeks 4 days ago||As a manager during his time||
As a manager during his time here as the O-Line coach I got to see more than A few classic Coach Miles moments.
|10 weeks 3 days ago||Perspective||
This all really underscores how fortunate we were from Bo through Lloyd ('69 - '07) with respect to consistency. Michgian was virtually always in the conference title discussion, went to a bowl every year, and other than the thing with Moeller, had very little controversy.
We complained about bowl losses and consecutive 4 loss seasons, but our variance was minimal compared to what a lot of other blue bloods experienced. USC pre Carrol, Alabama between Stallings and Saban, ND pre/post-Holtz, Oklahoma between Switzer and Stoops... we were the model of consistency, along with OSU (which was still plagued by Cooper's lack of success against us for one, very AWESOME decade).
That's what made the Rich Rod/Hoke crash so jarring. From Bo through Lloyd Michigan may not have been always setting the world on fire (like the Miamis or Florida States of the world) but we also were never flaming out either. We were always in the conversation, always relevant, and more than occassionally, DAMN GOOD. We always wanted more of course, which is natural.
Then we went through '08 - '14 and, well, we were just hoping to get back to "relevant" status... until HARBAUGH.
|11 weeks 4 days ago||Me Too!||
|12 weeks 2 days ago||That's not Hart's fault||
At the time he made his "little brother" comment Michigan OWNED State, and so did Mike Hart. We all LOVED it at the time, even if a few of us were a bit sheepish about it. Hart had nothing to do with what came after.
If the program had been maintained as it should have been, and we were still beating MSU at a 66% or better clip, we'd all be quoting Mike Hart at every game, calling the Spartans "little brother" every chance we get. Hell, some do it anyway, despite the results of the recent past.
Some took issue with Hart saying what he said because it wasn't a "classy" move, but no one, at the time, took issue with it because they thought it was going to be a rallying cry for MSU dominance for the next decade. No one, including Mike Hart, saw this confluence of circumstances coming.
|12 weeks 3 days ago||Freshman Locker Room||
Ya. Very curious as to how this whole "Harbaugh institutes a freshman locker room" thing has become, well, a THING.
During my time as a manager (early-mid 90's) Schembechler Hall always had a freshman locker room, and then another for the rest of the team. Manager lockers were with the freshman. This isn't a new thing. I'm sure Carr kept this until he left, which was '07... so not THAT long ago.
Hard to believe that ALL of the writers picking up on this story are so new to the beat that they don't know that it's actually the combined locker room that's sort of the new thing. Having the 1st year players separate from the rest of the team goes back at least to the initial construction of Schembechler Hall.
*ALRIGHTY. THIS WAS COVERED ABOVE*
|13 weeks 23 hours ago||I dunno, there's a story||
I dunno, there's a story behind that... Just like there is a story behind "Unverified Voracity." Those stories are part of what makes this blog what it is.
|13 weeks 23 hours ago||Anyone complaining about||
Anyone complaining about having to endure ads, of the "sponsored" variety or otherwise, is free to step up to the ol' Beveled Guilt trough and make a donation that's large enough to make them unnecessary.
|14 weeks 3 days ago||False Scarcity||
There is also the consideration that the "waiting list" has often been a bit of a fiction created by Canham back in the day. He simply designated less seats as "season ticket" seats, then sold all of those, which created a wait list. Meanwhile he hustled to sell the rest of the game-by-game tickets, creating a mystique that SEASON tickets were a scarce commodity.
"The hotest restaurant in town is always the one with the line out front."
Some of this may have to do with a decision to restructure some things, reducing the impact of the false scarcity model that had previously been in place.
|14 weeks 3 days ago||Tremendous.||
|17 weeks 1 day ago||Fire Ausmus! <br><br>Oops. Wrong thread.||
|20 weeks 6 hours ago||Alternate title||
I think he wanted to call it "Why Michigan's Season Won't Be Decided by the Games they Should Win but Rather by the Games they Might Win" but couldn't make it fit.
|23 weeks 3 days ago||Ohio got housed in the Big 33 game?||
I'd love some clarification on the thought that Ohio dropped out of the Big 33 game because they were getting beat. Prior to dropping out of the game they'd won three in a row and six of the last nine. I always thought it was the Big 33 organizers that "dropped" Ohio. The results don't show that Ohio was getting it handed to them by the Pennsylvania kids.
I do know that Michigan beat Ohio in the only two "Border Classic" games between the two. Never heard an "official" explanation as to why Ohio dropped out of that one, other than musings that the college coaches didn't like their recruits playing in the game and the "best" players weren't really participating anymore. That, and Ohio has umpteen All-Star games and just couldn't drum up interest to fill so many rosters with quality players.
|26 weeks 1 day ago||Sure they seem cool now||
But in 4 years when the player's actual bio reads:
2017: Redshirted as a freshman.
2018: Saw limited game action as a sophomore on special teams.
2019: Adds depth to the secondary.
2020: Dismissed from team as a result of violation of team rules.
All of the sudden these cards are going to seem AWWWKWARD...
|30 weeks 4 days ago||Exactly. I did this very||
Exactly. I did this very thing last year. Posted 4 in April, delivered them to the buyer in August.
|41 weeks 3 days ago||follow that Kozan link||
Follow that Kozan vision quest link and read the bit on Joe Bolden.
|41 weeks 3 days ago||Elmer not Porky||
Elmer not Porky.
|41 weeks 3 days ago||Doubly true for O-line guys||
The other thing people need to realize is how "unnatural" it is for some O-line/D-line guys to be as big as they are. Some of these guys "have the frame" to play at 300 lbs. but their natural weight is more like 250 or even less. Keeping that weight on and that strength up is really hard work. It can really take a toll on you. Add to that the regular wear and tear of the game itself, it's no wonder these guys occasionally reassess their priorities. You can get sick of not only being that big, but having to MAINTAIN being that big.
This was happening well before the whole CTE discussion came into play, especially among O-line guys, many of whom are pretty cerebral. Andecdotally, I saw more than a few O-lineman from the 90's (Marc Milia comes to mind) who had NFL potential but simply played out their college eligibility and went to med school/law school, etc. 8 Months after playing many of them dropped more than 60 lbs. and looked like totally different human beings.
|41 weeks 3 days ago||I recall his recruitment||
He was a tough one to lose back in 2013. He was a near 5 star, in-state kid, but his heart was clearly with Notre Dame during the recruitment process.
Good luck to him.
|43 weeks 1 day ago||That...||
That's a lot of citrus.
|43 weeks 3 days ago||See my comment above.||
Going to the cites when they're referenced is key, so you need the book too. The audio book calls out the number, but doesn't read the cite.
...or at least, doesn't read the cite "in real time," i.e. when referenced in the text. The end notes may be all read at the end of the book in sequence, but that really doesn't do the listener much good.
|43 weeks 3 days ago||They might be||
For all I know the end notes are all there, read in sequence at the end... I haven't made it that far (obviously).
But even if they are, there is no way to go from the text straight to the end note, and then back, which is what you'd really want to do.
|43 weeks 3 days ago||Exactly||
I want to get through this book. I really enjoy the parts I'm internalizing. The problem is that my life lends itself to lots of casual reading, which this book decidedly isn't.
I'm honestly considering taking a week off of work just to devote to IJ. If I did that, I have little doubt that it would become one of my all time favorites.
This is how I finally got through Zen and The Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, and now I've read that book probably 4 times.
|43 weeks 3 days ago||The narrator simply calls out the citation number||
That's the main reason that I bought the book. I originally purchased the audio book, but then was told that the citations are crucial to the overall enjoyment, which of course they are, so I bought the book to refer to when the narrator calls out a citation. The narrator (who is excellent) will simply finish a sentence and say "34" and then I would pause the audio book and read the cite.
After a while I actually started reading the book along with the audio, which helped me concentrate on the actual writing. Doing that, I felt like I didn't have to do quite so much re-reading to absorb things.
I really do appreciate the work as a whole, and I desperately want to get through it... but it's tough. If you've got the time to devote to it, and can get into a rhythm, its great, but I listen to my audio books in 20 minute to 1 hour spurts; to and from work, at lunch, etc. IJ isn't built for that.
|43 weeks 3 days ago||ugh||
Fuck. That. Book.
I have to listen to it on audio WHILE reading it in order to absorb anything.
I've owned it for 6 months. I think I've "read" 60 pages.
|44 weeks 2 days ago||I took it||
I took it for a c-section joke.
|44 weeks 2 days ago||Got that right!||