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|3 weeks 3 days ago||Wire and water||
So his favorite show is The Wire and he likes water (the element). Sounds like a nice kid.
|6 weeks 6 days ago||Matters a ton||
Thanks for the videos. I watched this first one and enjoyed the positive influence on me to keep eating healthy, but I'm even more hopeful that the kids that want to grow up healthy and cool like you will follow your lead.
|7 weeks 1 day ago||Summer||
Summers are 83 degree average, same as Ann Arbor, but 30 min more sunlight each day.
Honestly, it gets a bad rap for the winters. They are nothing like 20 years ago. I worked a little in agriculture there and all of the climate bands have moved north dramatically so that crops that used to only grow in Iowa now grow in mid-Minnesota.
Once I was in Minneapolis and it was 103 degrees, the hottest city in the nation that day (yes an anomaly, but it can get above 90 degrees often).
|7 weeks 1 day ago||Favorite winter experiences||
My favorite winter experiences are mostly all in Minneapolis:
1) During several 12 inch snowfalls, driving through downtown Minneapolis after 11pm, sliding around corners across three lanes of non-traffic.
2) Broomball on outdoor rinks that actually freeze.
3) Watching skijouring (dogs pulling skiers) and mountain bikers on ice at the Luminary Loppet.
4) Running Lake Calhoun on actual plowed paths (as long as it was above 15 degrees). Watching the winter kite boarding on the ice.
5) Um, in general, Minnesota is much easier driving in the winter since it stays below freezing. None of that 32 degree sheet of ice like Michigan.
Anyway, summers are amazing Minneapolis. Any friend I have taken to both Minneapolis and my hometown Kalamazoo generally prefer Minneapolis and it's not even close. I get that Kalamazoo is smaller, but spend 5 years in Minneapolis and you'll see what I mean.
I love Michigan (and Western Michigan). I do not feel bad for Fleck for the lifestyle he will inherit at Minnesota though.
|7 weeks 3 days ago||Picturing the same thing||
Along with a brochure featuring the CRISP lady.
|7 weeks 5 days ago||I hear you for the most part, but||
I agree for the most part, but I feel that there are some conservative play calls at times that keep opponents in the game so that one turnover makes a difference (as it did last year vs. MSU).
For example, against FSU with 1st and 1 yard to the goal line after the turnover...was there anyone who was surprised that the play call was run up the middle? Haven't we run 1st and goal more than 70% of the time this season? I was hoping if there was a run, it would have been 2 QB sneaks in a row (with running back fake over the top) or a jet sweep or a fake option just to keep FSU on their toes. Or if a throw, roll out Wilton and have him run it in or throw to the back of the end zone if open receiver.
Just something that's not so predictable.
That one series sums up how I've felt in a few close games this year and last. Some we win, and a few we lose.
With a little more talent, I believe Harbaugh can power through these games, but without it, have to scheme like Belichick. Hell, even Carr beat Florida with the spread in his last game...so just looking for a few more low-risk wrinkles that might be possible with the extra month of practice.
|9 weeks 4 days ago||Not a slippery slope||
McCaffrey did a favor to Stanford just to stay for his final year. Be happy he helped the team even get to the Sun Bowl.
I think you're making the kind of slippery slope argument that got us into the Vietnam War.
There is very little danger of more than 3 high profile players doing the same thing in any given year. They don't have the stature of McCaffrey, they don't have the body of work, they don't have the past injuries to show as evidence, nor the complete and utter support of the team to do it.
If it is your dream that he plays in the Sun Bowl, you should have been letting him know a long time ago how much it means to you that he play, and how you can help compensate him in the case of injury.
Otherwise, just let him chase his dream.
|9 weeks 4 days ago||And||
And before the playoff.
|9 weeks 4 days ago||What do you mean he got his||
What do you mean he got his and hell with the others? He will probably financially support many in the future who got him to the NFL, in addition to being an ambassador for the Cardinal program providing indirect financial benefit to the program. He already has helped the program tremendously maintain and increase value.
The college contracts are different than the pro contracts. You are allowed to leave under certain circumstances in turn for not being paid for your efforts. The school would prefer this and not have to pay the players than the alternative. The school then just loads up on as many recruits as possible to fill the gaps.
|9 weeks 4 days ago||Announced way earlier||
Most likely it was announced way earlier to the team...like probably at least 2 weeks ago. The whole team supports him according to the teammate tweet in the article and the coach supports him.
Not announcing it earlier means that the opposing team was wasting time preparing for him.
Also, not sure if you should speak for the team that it is being let down when someone declares early. Most team members probably understand and are supportive. Do you consider them part of the team or only those that run the administration that can benefit financially?
I think it is more the case that fans are let down when players declare early.
|9 weeks 4 days ago||Good tune up for the spring game||
Will be awesome to see if anyone can step up in the Sun Bowl and then extend that productivity to the Spring game and hopefully a starting position next fall.
Seriously, McCaffrey has been there so long...it was almost a team favor to not declare for the draft last year. He makes close to $0 being on the team with great risk of health.
|9 weeks 6 days ago||The couple needs to go to the Gandy Dancer?||
The couple needs to go to the Gandy Dancer? I'm not following the need here.
A donation to assist animals or people at-large can be "in addition to" the poor dachshund donation.
Or just donate in the dachshund's name to any organization of your choosing if you don't donate to it directly.
|9 weeks 6 days ago||Family members||
Or he may be suggesting that family and close friends may be able to play a larger role first as he has taken on that responsibility with his family.
We haven't heard how much was raised through family and friends before coming to this blog. The poster himself said he would provide " as much financial help as it takes" to get the little guy his surgery.
Some people raise investment for anything (their own companies even) by first tapping friends and family and others go to outside investors first...always depends on individual personalities and needs.
|9 weeks 6 days ago||Marketing and information overload||
I think in a world with marketing and information overload, part of Mike's point is that things like this shouldn't even be marketed. The "world", if it had a personality, probably would be offended that a dog was marketed as a Michigan fan to receive funding from those who share the same affinity.
If it's not this gofundme request, there are 100 other discussions per day that steal our attention and keep us from healing the world at-large. Squeaky wheel gets the grease.
While we all act in self-interest daily and it is nice to feel compassion for things we can relate to (don't 80% of us like dogs?), I'll add to Mike's sentiment and hope we can all rethink our causes and give to good ones in the future. If you are rich, consider helping with a global crisis instead of buying your next car or boat. Or if you like animals, invest in a cause that saves them all collectively.
|10 weeks 8 min ago||More bang for the buck||
It would be cool on fundraising drives if they provided a link for their own dog and then have a different link "if you would rather fund an animal rescue organization that saves hundreds of dogs per year" and post a to an animal rescue center.
I also liked the poster that suggested doggy stairs...doesn't help the current dog injuries out there, but doggy stairs up to beds and couches is like dog insurance that may reduce future vet bills and improve doggy quality of life. I'd invest in the gofundme that sold those.
Good point on the lead (and arsenic) in drinking water globally. Terrible problem.
For myself, I'd rather we all start buying up 75% of the Earth that is still potentially protectable to save all the wild animals and protect the rainforests from being burned down...I think right now the number of parks globally protected is around 4% of land area. Stay tuned for the gofundme for the first $1 trillion of needs to get it started....
|12 weeks 2 days ago||Dude!!||
You read my mind. Thanks for the laugh.
|14 weeks 3 days ago||Compromise and just say football||
Try adding "football" in the original post and probably frustration level will drop. Think the guy just wanted to know what team he was getting excited about. Thanks for sharing.
|17 weeks 6 days ago||The Butterfly Effect||
The Butterfly Effect!
I'm surprised no one has brought up how Basil "the Bulger Slayer" ruled over the Byzantine Empire from AD 976-1025 and how that will affect this game.
Could not be more related in my mind.
|18 weeks 6 days ago||Bye Week||
?? The bye week gave them two potential weeks to prepare...at least the coaches are reviewing a lot of extra film even if the students are going home to see family. Then game week, Wisconsin had a much better plan...individual match-ups, discipline, etc.
The home field advantage also was an advantage.
How much did these two factor in? Who knows. But it's not ridiculous.
We'll play the game in Columbus and see how it goes. Nice to have more film from solid opponents from which to prepare.
|19 weeks 20 hours ago||See 1:20-1:25 of BlueReign's video post||
See 1:20-1:25 of BlueReign's video post
|19 weeks 22 hours ago||+1 execrable: extremely bad or unpleasant||
|19 weeks 22 hours ago||Terrible||
Both bad news. I didn't know about this and just read about it. Thanks for mentioning.
Wish we wouldn't see this stuff at all, let alone in a high-profile football program from someone who is supposed to set an example for his university and the public in general.
|19 weeks 1 day ago||The guy that fell||
Lots of stuff here, but thing I feel the worst about was the Notre Dame student videotaping on the ladder in 25+ mph winds that fell and died a few years ago. Seems like someone should have been like, dude come down, we don't need videotape of this practice. The wobbly ladders were known and the kid tweeted that he was going to die that day in jest because of the winds.
Just par for course of ineptitude but involved a human life.
Please correct if I have mistaken any details, but was my general impression. I still feel bad about that event.
|19 weeks 2 days ago||Lived in the Same House||
One time we were selling parking spots on Arch St and Jim Abbott showed up, parked on the lawn, and said hey, I used to live here. He took a tour of the house for old time's sake, and then walked to the football game. I think it was 1997.
|19 weeks 3 days ago||Dorms||
I've eaten at the dorms for breakfast. Not sure you still can, but usually they are willing to take your money and it is a nice smorgasbord.
Watch out for the hot chocolate machine, though. Let your hot chocolate cool down for a minute or you will burn your tongue and feel it for weeks.
|19 weeks 5 days ago||Warm Weather||
He also promised his family that he would go to a warm weather location for his next job. And I think he saw the Pac 10 southern contenders to be weak enough at the time where he could make a good run. Pete Caroll wasn't at USC killing all teams...and Rich probably thought therefore that he would get a lot of California recruits.
I remember Rich being blindly optimistic when he was hired, saying something similar to "Why not? Why can't Arizona build a foundation to win a national championship?" It's that same blind innocence and optimism that made him play "You Raised Me Up" at that Michigan dinner. I actually like him for that. More hopeful than the average guy, means well except when he's hollerin' at his players on national tv. Oh, and he's so stubborn not to change his program to fit the guys in it...remember our 3 win season? If he had adjusted, he could have won 6 games for sure in my opinion. But a year later he said "I was happy I did it; now all of these guys have one more year of experience." So innovator, yes, but predictable, maybe?? Coaches know his stubbornness to stick with similar plays. He has even been known to demand the 3-3-5 defense onto his defensive coordinators since it worked one year at West Viriginia.
The bigger picture is that no matter how amazing Rich is, he still cannot a complete program make. He needs improvements to all parts of the program. And he probably didn't respect enough at the time how late Arizona would always be on tv. They get the late game almost every week which means 70% of the country is not watching. Heck, I live in California and I'm still surprised when his games are still going 10pm local time...the stands are 25-50% empty that late. The average viewer, not to mention recruits, have no idea what is going on with Arizona.
That is the reason why he flirted with going to U of South Carolina a year or so back. He flew all the way out and the meeting didn't go the right direction, and it was a quick return and re-commitment to Arizona. "Bear Down!" he said in his tweet.
So he gets some of it now...feels a little trapped, but shoot, lots of injuries to his quarterback are killing him. Nonetheless, he could still win the next 6 games...let's see what happens.
|19 weeks 5 days ago||6) Showing them what a good team looks like||
6)Showing recruits what a good team looks like and how it would be amazing if the recruits stay in state to build such a champion.
A rebuilding process is an exciting thing to the down home recruits who have never been a fan of Michigan.
Ash is getting his recruits. He's no Harbaugh but I can see perennial bowl appearances in their future. 8-4 or 7-5 is possible with an occasional 9-3 year.
|21 weeks 1 day ago||Opposing football players||
Opposing football players on bench and on field are getting into it. That's funny.
|23 weeks 4 days ago||Up and Up||
I agree, yet UCF has been on the up and up much more than I thought possible for the last 15 years. I guess I had low expectations for them, but I'd rather be coaching there with 60,000 students (and many more who are donating alumni) than most other non-Power-5 schools.
I'd put UCF above Wake Forest, Vanderbilt, Indiana, Mississippi State, and other Power 5 schools for potential due to the home-grown talent. And QB option and spread teams don't have to be the biggest 5-star highly recruited athletes to be relatively successful.
|23 weeks 4 days ago||Vacate the Loss?||
So could the NCAA then potentially take a drastic stance and allow Oklahoma State to vacate the loss?
In reality, of course any rule could be initiated to allow both teams to claim a Win based on an incorrect last call of the game under certain circumstances.
The issue I see more than the paper records (which are easy to change given there is a rule to do so) is that a million sports accounting systems will have issues with it as their databases have a column for winner and a column for loser...not two winners. They would have to have the game listed twice with each as a winner which would screw up other things in their database.
Anyway, vacate the loss I say!