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|1 day 5 hours ago||numbers||
All those 6s and 9s amounted to TMI. Triplets of 6s would've been less awkward.
|3 days 15 hours ago||old days||
Aside from the larger "lawn," I don't miss anything about the old stadium. I didn't mind the old press box, but I think the new structures add character. I'm serious.
|3 days 18 hours ago||star gazing||
If you want to see a representative example of star gazing, head over to Touch The Banner and look for posts from the user "Windy City Blue." He apparently has near-complete faith in recruiting rankings and believes that they are destiny.
|3 days 18 hours ago||Okies||
Ah, the Deep South (of which I consider Oklahoma an honorary member)! In the aggregate, no other area of the country does compartmentalization and denial like southerners. They've long been part of the culture.
|1 week 3 hours ago||apps||
Seriously? When I consider all the successful LTRs in my extended social circle, more than half of them started online. It's not 1992 anymore.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||sleep||
Something my sister and her husband did with their kids strikes me as brilliant. (Some new parents might find it unacceptable.) She slept in one corner of the house with the baby and he slept as far away as possible. He avoided sleep deprivation and by all appearances ramped up his chores, etc. Seemed to go very well ...
|3 weeks 3 days ago||'cuse||
That's an impressively long time at the helm of a shady program.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||timing||
Hilarious. I remember being in Florida and seeing a handful of college students. They were all from UM or EMU, which had a calendar very similar to ours.
|4 weeks 14 hours ago||KU||
And yet, you'd think they had ten titles in the last twenty years the way the press fawns over them. Happy to see 'em lose .....
|4 weeks 4 days ago||cause||
I see that the authoritarians have joined the thread. Excellent.
|4 weeks 5 days ago||combined rivalries||
This is a tough question and I don't think there are many good answers (for reasons outlined in earlier posts).
Here's one, though: Utah and BYU
Utah has LDS roots but it's now the "secular" institution, so it can be opposed to BYU. Both schools have been at least decent in both sports recently.
Florida and Florida State has recently been a good rivalry in both sports.
If you'd be OK with one school being lousy at something, I think Iowa vs. Iowa State is a good two-sport rivalry. Football has been closer than you'd expect in the last 10-15 years.
|4 weeks 5 days ago||books||
I don't find it surprising. Our culture values sales ($), boosterism, and extroversion more than it does intellectual development, thoughtful engagement with others, and introversion.
I don't mean for this to sound like a value judgment, and I described a couple of extreme points there, but the U.S. collectively doesn't value reading.
|6 weeks 3 days ago||life expectancy||
If by "cold" you meant cholera, typhoid fever, or the like, sure, but life expectancy back then was more about dying in infancy or childhood or through epidemics. If you lived to be 30 and kept on living clean, you had a good chance to make it to old age.
|8 weeks 6 days ago||ab||
Relax and have a burger.
|9 weeks 2 hours ago||point||
He's not trolling any religions; he's merely poking at a belief that some of them hold.
|10 weeks 1 day ago||video||
Looks pretty good here:
|10 weeks 1 day ago||out of town||
Cost (which may be a important issue) aside for a moment, I had a hard time understanding the appeal of living outside of Ann Arbor during undergrad. I had friends who moved Lake in the Something or Other (Woods?) apartments for their 3rd and 4th year just for a better rent:amenties ratio. I felt that they missed out on college life a bit.
As far as houses are concerned (and at the risk of stating the obvious) choose your housemates carefully. One bad apple or two can make a small space unpleasant and induce claustrophobia. I saw it happen on multiple occasions and sometimes felt fortunate that I didn't have the same experience.
|14 weeks 3 days ago||Mike D||
Something to consider: Pre-Harbaugh there was, for many years, a lot of bad thinking and acting going on at several levels of Michigan football.
Some people thought it would have been perfectly reasonable for Mike D to take over for Lloyd in 2007 even after he bombed out at CMU. (Lloyd himself may have been among the adherents of this idea.)
Bad thinking, I'd say.
That's one of many examples. We could add GERG and many others.
Maybe Brian is just trying to keep awareness high to reduce the odds of it (bad thinking) happening in the future.
|15 weeks 1 day ago||trolling||
So, he's trolling Michigan because its fans have shown themselves willing to participate in the nonsense? And, he wouldn't bother if Michigan fans didn't engage? Um, OK.
|16 weeks 1 day ago||safeties||
Amazing how few people realize that .....
|16 weeks 1 day ago||offense||
Or, you know, maybe they're just not that talented (a couple of exceptions aside).
|16 weeks 1 day ago||microcosm||
Seriously. A lot of posters here apparently didn't see what amounts to a summary of Michigan's late-game woes this year. They were on the 1-$@%^ing yard line, first-and-goal, and they couldn't score.
Elite teams don't have trouble with that.
Our offensive line couldn't get a push this year to save their lifetime earnings.
|16 weeks 1 day ago||seconded||
|16 weeks 1 day ago||no||
Your reading comprehension is shaky.
Brian said the prognosis was better. (No kidding.) He didn't predict success on the field.
|16 weeks 1 day ago||this year||
Magnum, I generally like your posts, but .....
"Defense was generational."
If you restrict the view to the defensive line, I agree. Maybe add one CB (Lewis, obviously). But, our linebackers and safeties were vulnerable in coverage all year.
I mean, it *was* very good, and on a generational scale it's certainly up there (arguably second-best after '97), but it had weak spots.
"Offense had the best TE in program history ....."
He's a very good jumbo wide receiver. How much does it mean to be the best TE in Michigan history? We're not exactly "Tight End U."
"..... two All-Big-Ten wideouts (Chesson first-team last year, Darboh second-team this year) ..."
As noted in other posts (which rightly involved Speight), neither of whom -- this year, anyway -- could easily get separation from DBs. Neither one is an elite talent.
"... and four All-Big-Ten offensive linemen (Mags first-team, Cole, Kalis, Braden second-team, all this year)."
Really? Most of those awards amount to (college) life-achievement awards. They all seem like great guys, but (Cole aside) there's not a pro-level guy in the group. They weren't good run blockers. They'll go down in history as a slightly better-than-average line.
|16 weeks 4 days ago||let the hunt begin||
There are some groups from whom one should generally not draw attention.
|17 weeks 2 days ago||Florida, 1989||
OP: Sorry about the beef jerky. (But, I can see where eating the whole bag would have made sense.) To complete the experience you should feed the dog a couple of pounds of fish.
The worst travel experience I can recall at the moment:
It was very cold in SE Michigan in late December, 1989. I headed south by (2WD, rear) car with some family to visit other relatives in Florida. I think it was slightly above zero F when I left and all temperatures were well below average all the way down. Driving straight through, we hit big trouble (ice storm) just after entering Florida.
We managed to stay on the road, but it took about eight hours to drive forty miles at one point. What I would have given for an SUV with 4WD ...
It was about 35F when we finally reached our destination (Deerfield Beach). The temperature didn't clear 60F until our last day there.
Not that bad in retrospect ... I'm sure plenty of people can top it.
|17 weeks 4 days ago||etc.||
Almost from its origin, the U.S. has always had a higher-than-average number of snowflakes. This is partly because equality of opportunity is assumed by many.
At least a handful of alpha males are still doing fine. They have the snowflakes (red team, blue team) divided and conquered pretty well at the moment. (And, yes, there are plenty of red snowflakes.)
|17 weeks 6 days ago||DFW||
I think Dallas might be the U.S. capital of architectural eyesores. There truly aren't many things more dangerous than a Texan with $. Brutal weather in the summer, too.
Still, the DFW area is huge and it's a fun place. I'd suggest "Yelping" for Mexican food, too.
|18 weeks 2 days ago||MSU recruiting||
I think there are at least two related issues with that:
1. Recruits from their last couple of (relatively high-ranked) classes haven't been there that long. Assuming they're really better than the players from earlier classes, Dantonio might have one more good run in him.
2. MSU got to 10/11 wins when their 4th- and 5th-year guys were all from the early (and lower-ranked) classes. (It's true that the conference was less competitive then.)
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Slightly off-topic: People (not necessarily you) started blaming Rodriguez for shaky recruiting almost right away. Obviously coaching had something to do with the start of the MSU losing streak ('08, '09, and '10), but Sparty was winning then with recruits that they snagged from the late Lloyd years.