...says Denzel Valentine of Big Ten Tourney favorite MSU, which is 5-7 in its last 12 games. Cumong, man.
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|30 weeks 6 days ago||Out of curiosity...||
....what was the name of Beckman's sidekick before Brandstatter??
|1 year 37 weeks ago||BINGO!!!||
Yes, you are family...though I'd have to ask my mom exactly how -but most likely as I said before.
And, my daughter took violin lessons from Ji at your parents' house.
That is what we call "Dutch Bingo"!
|1 year 37 weeks ago||There is a...||
...Bloem clan that is Catholic and of no relation. If you're in that Dutch/CRC group, you almost certainly are. Your dad is prob. my mom's cousin. Out of curiosity, do you know an exchange student that teaches violin?
|1 year 37 weeks ago||Hey BlockM...||
...my mother's maiden name is "Bloem"...ya think we're related?
|1 year 37 weeks ago||His Dad:||
I heard his dad had some issues, as well....as in he was threatening the coach (football, I believe) to pull Drake and send him to a Detroit area (private) school if something didn't go his way....don't recall exactly what the issue was.
|1 year 37 weeks ago||I still think Harris to MSU...BUT...||
...I do wonder if the offer to Tommy Doles meant anything....as in Drake would pick M if his buddy Doles also gets an offer....
The timing makes me wonder...
And, for the record: I, too, am Dutch -and a GRCHS grad- but I have no actual connections to give me any info on this decision.
|1 year 37 weeks ago||Doles||
I am almost certain that he is the son of WOOD TV 8 (Grand Rapids/NBC) sports reporter Jack Doles. I don't know the dad's side, but mom's side of the family are quality people.
|1 year 37 weeks ago||Drake Harris||
I've heard from one area H.S. BB coach that he is a MSU lean at this point as Izzo is attending nearly all his bball and fball games. I'd love a kid from my (favorite) H.S. to play fball (or bball) for my favorite college team! Hoke needs to show just as much of a presense as Izzo!
|1 year 39 weeks ago||As a former...||
...T&F (emphasis on the F) athlete at a D3 school, I will say that our season is INCREDIBLY short. Practice starts on Feb 1. Can't throw outside for another 6 weeks. Throwing inside on a makeshift ring w/ an over sized indoor shot can only go so far. Then, when it IS warm enough to go outside, you are still dealing with melting snow flowing through the ring...as well as mud and general yuckiness. Then, the spring trip down south.
We did compete against D1 schools on that trip (and did relatively well) -against both Big 10 (Minn.) ~AND~ SEC (Auburn). It seemed the SEC schools dominated running (especially sprinting) while the North schools were better at field events -my 4th place finish for a DIII athlete was pretty good, I thought, but Auburn had no representation in the shot.
And then our "season" was roughly 2 weeks long. 4 actual meets and then the conference finals. And then we were done. The more gifted athletes that qualified for nationals had another couple weeks. Certainly not the lengthy season of Basketball and Football...or even, dare I mention...soccer.
Thankfully, indoor seasons have now begun at my alma mater, but we didn't have the facility for that at that time.
While I know your reference is to D1, I still think that,even w/ a genuine indoor season, the short and cold outdoor season keeps a lot of talent from coming here.
|1 year 39 weeks ago||Just found this...||
...video. 1984 Olympic 3000M Steeplechase Final. I remember watching this as Brian was a bit of a local hero as well as a not too distant relative (but not close enough for me to know him at that time). He is a former coach (though I wasn't a runner) and now someone I consider a friend. He is one of the classiest individuals I know.
|1 year 39 weeks ago||You may be...||
...right on that. Certainly, he is the last American w/ an Olympic medal in the Steeplechase.
|1 year 39 weeks ago||Don't forget...||
...that a Michigan alumnus won the NCAA Steeplechase in 1983. Went on to win a Bronze in the Olympics the very next year.
Saw him just today...got a "man hug" from him, even.
|2 years 15 weeks ago||Just for the record...||
Just for the record...it's been 4,753 days since Ohio State beat Michigan without a CHEATER as coach!!! Go Blue!!!
|2 years 23 weeks ago||I ~JUST~ saw a replica of||
I ~JUST~ saw a replica of Crisler Arena a couple hours ago at a local pawn shop.
I didn't get the price, but can look into it if you are interested.
|2 years 27 weeks ago||I was at the very first||
I was at the very first weather (lightning) delay a few years ago. They let people out of the stadium and back in (w/ a stub) during/after that delay as well. I think the idea was that they could get in their cars for safety reasons.
Most stayed in the stands, however -I don't remember it raining as bad as I saw it on TV during the Western game.
|2 years 29 weeks ago||The stipulation of being in||
The stipulation of being in my presence, of couse, would go a long way in proving any of those negatives I posted.
If SysMark were to be in my presence today in order to prove those 4 negatives, I would allow him to prove that
a) I am NOT dead
b) I am NOT the moon
However, with respect to proving I am NOT a female and that I am NOT carrying a gun -that was yesterday. Today, I just might be carrying my gun. So, proving that I am NOT a female will occur only over my dead body.
Nevertheless, it is still logically possible to do.
|2 years 29 weeks ago||Revelation 7:4||
Sooner or later we'll hit the prophesied 144,000!!!!
|2 years 29 weeks ago||Like||
|2 years 30 weeks ago||Actually, you CAN prove a||
Actually, you CAN prove a negative. The belief that you cannot is a misnomer.
Right now, you can prove that I am:
-NOT a female
-NOT carrying a gun
-NOT the moon
All those are "negatives".
The first result from googling "can you prove a negative?"
|2 years 31 weeks ago||U-Haul||
I took a U-Haul to a Who concert back in '89 from GR to the Silverdome. Put a couch, couple of easy chairs, coffee table and a pony-keg back there.
That was kinda fun.
|2 years 31 weeks ago||I don't ~hate~ rap, per say||
I don't ~hate~ rap, per say as I listen to a few songs here and there. But the following rap I link to below brought tears to my 75 year old father's eyes:
|2 years 31 weeks ago||I'm not a rap ~hater~ per||
I'm not a rap ~hater~ per say, though don't listen to much of it. But the rap I link to below brought tears to my 75 year old father's eyes:
|2 years 36 weeks ago||...explaining the Waterboy reference:||
(It's just not as funny when you have to explain the joke...)
|2 years 36 weeks ago||Waterboy Sighting!!!||
2:46 of the Biakabutuka video....
|3 years 8 weeks ago||Not very optimistic||
OK, I read through all the comments to date.
I'm not very optimistic.
I see anywhere from 0 to 3 wins and will go out on a limb to say only 1 win.
I see Denard leaving. Tate is also gone.
There is nothing in this recruiting class worth note -or that will help out.
The offense in place has been developed for "Basketball on grass". Hoke is on record as not wanting that. He has a bunch of small/quick buggers that is not condusive for Hoke's offense.
Our wins against the Big Ten opponents were all struggles. We had to outscore to win. Hoke's offense will not be as high scoring as RR's. Plain and simple. I see no wins against Big Ten schools -even if we do play Minnesota.
Our Defense will be roughly the same. We'll have some of those injured back, but the cupboard is pretty bare as we all know. Nontheless, he's not going to go from a 100+ D to a Top 40 D with the players he has.
That leaves Non-conference. We struggled with all our NC games last year -at least until the offense started to click -see above about the lower output I expect from the offense. I also see losses to Western, ND and, yes, SDSU. He will lose to his former team which we've been told is an "excellent" team. We struggled with them 5 or so years ago, we'll lose to them next year.
That leaves us at 1-11 in my book. Yes, I think we'll beat EMU -but I wouldn't be surprised at a loss here either.
And, to top it off, I really really hope I'm wrong.
Why am I pessimistic? I am looking at the situation through the assumption that the cupboard was bare when RR took over. Lloyd retired at the end of '07 for a reason -he didn't have to. Lloyd would have been lucky to have 3 wins that year. Most forget that Mallot was gone regardless of who the coach was -even if Lloyd had stayed. The cupboard was truly bare.
I've been consistent (not that any of you would know since I've pretty much only been a lurker here for the past 4 years) in holding to the idea that it was actually RR that was rebuilding. Lloyd drove the program into the ground and I don't expect Lloyd II to do anything different. I'm a patient person and I think Hoke could do well at M -I hope he does. But, I'm not very optimistic that he will in the short term. And, if 3 years is not "long term", that begs the question as to why Brandon did not give RR a chance at "long term" as he promised in his press conference announcing RR's termination. Brandon tipped his hat with that statement -letting us all know he wasn't ever interested in keeping RR.
Hoke has to completely rebuild this team for his philosophy -it's current personel is not condusive to what he wants to do -while he certainly has more talent that RR did in '08, he will still struggle -due mainly to the state of the D and the fact that his O will not put up the points that RR's did -it's not designed to.
Just my $0.02. And, I hope I'm wrong -REALLY REALLY wrong.
|3 years 9 weeks ago||To resume a discussion about resume'||
I add an apostrophe because I have no idea how to type the accented vernsion of "e" and I wanted to make an obvious distinction between resume (v) and resume' (n).
While making the first and last "e" accented is preferable, I've always thought an apostrophe after that first "e" makes it look even more silly.
Hoping that explanation satisfies your curiosity, I'll resume my morning internet reading...
|3 years 9 weeks ago||Character||
Don't doubt Les's character.
I was actually chatting during tonight's game with someone who knows him personally.
I wouldn't say that he's a close personal friend, but he is someone Les might just put on a resume' as a reference if he was looking for a job like the rest of us and needed an actual resume'.
I'm not getting any more specific than that.
According to this individual, Les is a good, upstanding guy.
|4 years 23 weeks ago||Terminator Jesus||
Funny you say that, I have a 'friend' who thinks Jesus was actually much like the Terminator (I'm perfectly serious) in that he had bones made of steel that could not have been broken unless he "allowed" them to be broken (as in: he only allowed the Romans to crucify him since he didn't use his super-human strength to prevent it). While he didn't use the term "Terminator Jesus", we certainly did in jest (since, of course, orthodox Christianity always has held that Jesus ~is~ truly a man and not some sort of super-human imposter).
Kinda reminds me of a question I've heard. Who'd win at a one-on-one basketball game -Jesus or Michael Jordan. Jordan without question. Jesus was too short -not to mention he'd never heard of basketball.