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|1 year 9 weeks ago||Go Tigers||
The best news out of all this is the Tigers just locked up the W.S. She was around last year, a great year for the Tigers, true, but they got swept in the Series last year by the freakin' Giants. Verlander was not at the top of his game in the Series. That had absolutely nothing to do with manning up game after game and pitching 250+ innings (whatever it is - go look it up yourself). It had everything to do with Kate Upton. I don't blame JV, but the team is better off with him giving his full attention to the Tigers.
|1 year 24 weeks ago||Thanks for all the comments||
Thanks for all the comments and suggestions. Pre-game is not an option, as far as I'm concerned; I don't think there will be many good opportunities and it seems a bit selfish -- I'd rather Denard and everyone else be focused on the game.
It sounds like the bus after the game will be the best, but not sure, bet.
If it doens't work out, I may just mail the SI to Denard in care of The Fort with a return envelope and hope for the best.
|1 year 24 weeks ago||Thanks||
That's a great offer -- thanks! The pre-game is most likely not a great time to approach any player for an autograph however. I was on the field for the Michigan game at Penn State in 2010 and it was pretty much all business for the players as they went through their drills before the game. We're also sitting in the upper deck - should be great if it's sleeting. If we can make it down, I'll be yelling out for BubbaT33.
|1 year 31 weeks ago||9/22||
I've officially changed my birthday to September 22. #1 fan.
|1 year 32 weeks ago||It is||
It is the Enchanted Mitten, whether you're in the U.P. or a troll, as in those living under the bridge.
|1 year 36 weeks ago||That was me.||
That was me. No, we did not get Denard's autograph and, yes, there were tears.
But we had a great time and it was a good experience.
I have two sons, 9 and 7 years old, and they both came with me. The 9 year old is a huge Michigan fan and has been for as long as he's been cognizant that I'm a Michigan fan. So he lives and dies by the Blue and, aside from his Dad, his focus and admiration is on Denard.
The 7 year old is indifferent, at best, about Michigan football. I think he's that way because his brother, bless his heart, can be a little over-the-top in his appreciation for Michigan and the younger is reacting against the older brother's passion. It's frustrating at times that the 7-year-old doesn't like Michigan more but I like that he doesn't follow everything his brother does and that he wants to be his own person (we'll see how this manifasts when he's 16).
We stayed with my parents, about an hour away from A2, so the boys got to see their Michigan grandparents. The only way we would have had a chance to get Denard's autograph was if I had got to the northeast gate about 5 a.m. and then had my Dad bring the boys to meet me later. Logistically, that wasn't going to happen. By the time we got to the stadium there was a huge line at the gate; when the gate opened at 1 p.m. the rush was on to get to the Quarterbacks line. The staff cut off that line at 250 and quickly let everyone know that no one else would be admitted. As far as I could tell, almost everyone in the QB line had a kid with them so I don't think it was a matter of eBay whores edging everyone else out. That didn't stop the tears though, but he pulled his Michigan cap down over his eyes to hide them. We went and got a hot dog and he bucked up. There were some good lessons I got to pass on: a) life has disappointments, it doesn't always go as planned; b) never give up. It won't be easy from Iowa but it's a good excuse to go to Minnesota and see if we can catch Denard after that game.
Both boys got autographs from most of the DL and OL and a number of the freshman and they loved running around on the field. Patrick Omameh was particularly great with my 7 year old, asking where he was from, fist bumping him, etc. We went to the M Den afterward and he opted for a wolverine stuffed animal over a t-shirt. Last night, when I checked on the boys in their room after they had gone to bed, he had the wolverine tucked under his arm, so I think he may have become more of a fan from the experience. Both boys (and their dad) had a great time so it was worth the drive.
Cool story Bro? Maybe, but I was asked.
|1 year 36 weeks ago||Thanks!||
Thanks - I'll be checking here tomorrow while we're waiting at the gate. That's great that your daughter will get in early. I put both my sons' names in but neither got picked.
|1 year 39 weeks ago||Dylan||
"Bad news, bad news, came to me where I sleep. Time, time, time again."
|1 year 41 weeks ago||Date not set yet||
I called the Football Administration office today and asked when Fan Day will take place. I was told the date hasn't been set yet (which seems hard to believe) but to keep checking mgoblue.com. I also asked if there was going to be any change in the format this year, e.g., MGoKids only, etc.; the person on the other end knew nothing about any format changes.
|2 years 11 weeks ago||Milkshake||
I would say that we drank his milkshake but that would be wrong. It's our milkshake.
|2 years 13 weeks ago||Guess who's coming to dinner||
Someone, someone, said the mouse.
|2 years 17 weeks ago||Hopefully||
Hopefully they'll bring back the electric eel.
|2 years 17 weeks ago||chess-son||
Il est francais, non? Chais-son!
|2 years 19 weeks ago||Not surprising||
Not surprising, given his health problems, and it's overdue. Iowa's defense, especially up front, is usually its strength and their D in general has been in decline.
|2 years 20 weeks ago||Awesome!!!!`||
Thanks for the news!!!!
|2 years 20 weeks ago||whoa, whoa, whoa, stop the clock||
Michigan has not lost 8 of its last 10 bowl games.
|2 years 21 weeks ago||Molder of Men||
The Michigan Difference:
You lose a lot of leadership next year -- do you identify some of the younger guys and have the current senior leaders mentor them?
“Well I think when you force it, it doesn’t work. So it kind of has to emerge on its own, but we do second-semester leadership seminars, meetings. Nine of them, I think, eight of them with our seniors-to-be. And then there’s eight with the juniors, and it kind of goes down. We started that process when we got here. The biggest thing is they get to know themselves. Once they start to know themselves, then they get to know the guys in their class, and then it goes from there, if that makes sense.”
Maybe this has gone on before, but I love that he does this.
|2 years 22 weeks ago||Don't forget the Pitt v. WVU||
Don't forget the Pitt v. WVU "Backyard Brawl" on Friday night. Oxycodone for everyone!
|2 years 24 weeks ago||Agency||
Not a PA lawyer either but I would explore apparent agency or agency by estoppel theories to get around the fact that Sandusky was no longer an employee. He maintained an office in the facilities and apparently had free reign over them. That, coupled with the prominent position he once held at PSU, may be enough to put the university back on the hook, assuming no sovereign immunity.
|2 years 24 weeks ago||A Few Good Wolverines||
All you did was weaken a football program today, Kaffee.
|2 years 24 weeks ago||re Thunderdome||
anything's possible, especially if your an ass, but to say that you're almost guaranteed a sucker punch is not my experience.
I live in Cedar Rapids and went to Iowa for law school so I've been around the game day atmosphere a bit. What other people have said about Iowa fans being generally genial is true. There are exceptions, everywhere (and the exception is the rule in Columbus and E.L.) but Iowa fans are not in-your-face aggressive, especially not this year when a lot of fans have resigned themselves to going to a very mediocre bowl, at best.
As for parking, I park downtown and walk to the stadium. There's a good garage at the corner of Iowa Avenue and Gilbert, it's an easy walk from there to the Ped Mall (walk up Iowa Ave. and go left on Dubuque Street), where, as noted, there are plenty of bars that will be open for bar-gaiting before the game, e.g., Mickey's and The Sports Column (both on Dubuque between Iowa Ave. and Washington, just north of the Ped Mall), and Brothers, The Union (meh) Donnelly's and others -- all on the Ped Mall itself. It's about a fifteen minute walk from the Ped Mall to the stadium. If you're going to go to the Ped Mall / downtown Iowa City after the game anyway, you're better off having your car there rather than paying to park twice.
The public intox is true but, like the supposed sucker punch, they're usually reserved for people asking for it.
One other tip: if you're going to Iowa City from Cedar Rapids, exit at Penn Street off I-380 and head east on Penn. Just past 965 (traffic light) you'll go right on N. Dubuque Street, which will eventually land you right in downtown Iowa City, missing a lot of traffic. Go left on Iowa Ave. to go to the parking garage ("ramp," at they call it here) on your right or go right, then left on Clinton, and there will be another parking ramp on your right a few blocks down.
|2 years 34 weeks ago||Skokie||
There's a lot to be said for staying downtown. If you do decide to stay North of the city, there's a reasonably-priced Holiday Inn in Skokie that's an easy drive from Evanston (the next town over). I stayed there for the NW/Iowa game last year (wife is a Hawkeye and I went there for grad school) and it worked out well.
|2 years 35 weeks ago||Got||
Our helmets got wings - glad I won't be hearing that anymore.
|2 years 35 weeks ago||Kicker||
We also lost our kicker recruit to Miami. Hopefully Wile will be a good replacement.
|2 years 36 weeks ago||Older brother is 35||
Jay graduated in '98 - apparently the genes are weakening.
|2 years 36 weeks ago||Mincing words||
If you want to mince words, you must think GM is striving to be something less than best . . . striving to be good? pretty good?
There's a lot to work on, but stopping the big plays, the gut-wrenching 3rd and long conversions, is Job One, followed by Jobs One a, b, etc.
|2 years 41 weeks ago||Nov. 8, 1997||
Nov. 8, 1997 - my first trip to State College. Michigan had lost three years in a row to Penn State and both teams were in the top 5 going into the late-afternoon game. I spent the morning at the Rathskeller, then the afternoon at our tailgate. Somehow Jamie Morris ended up hanging out with us for a while. Best of all, Michigan absolutely destroyed the Nittany Lions that day, 34-8, and we took over the #1 AP rating as a result.
|3 years 5 hours ago||Vocab||
As suggested above, studing vocabulary is a good idea, no matter how well read you are. It's likely there will be some words most people have not seen -- minimizing the points lost on those words is very helpful in maximizing your verbal score. I'll offer the same suggestion that I give to anyone who is taking the GRE: buy Norman Lewis' Word Power Made Easy and spend a lot of time with it. The value is learning the etymology of words, so you have a decent shot at figuring out what a word means if you haven't seen it before. Anyway, it worked for me, well enough for a 97% percentile on the verbal section.
|3 years 3 weeks ago||Blackout for TV, not the Radio||
I'm pretty sure the blackout only applies to MLB TV broadcasts, not the radio broadcasts. I have the MLB radio broadcasts on my blackberry and have no trouble listening to games whereas, even in Iowa, I was blocked from watching Tigers games on MLB TV whenever they played in Minneapolis or Chicago (I'm in Iowa). Listening to the games may not be your ideal but baseball is the best radio sport.
|3 years 3 weeks ago||Front row seats||
Hopefully you'll have a front row seat for the demise of Cheaty McCheater Vest and the accompanying sanctions. Schadenfreude is your friend.