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|3 days 19 hours ago||Greenfield Village's Motor Muster||
is also this weekend. My father had his '69 Camaro SS over there on display yesterday. I always find Motor Muster interesting, because they cover a lot more ground than most of the cruises -- they have much more than just the huge fin and muscle car eras. A lot of pre-WW2 cars and wartime (small-J) jeeps are on display every year.
|1 week 6 days ago||Minor nitpick||
"The Eyes of Texas" is UT's alma mater, not its fight song. I do agree with you as to its awesomeness, though.
|1 week 6 days ago||A couple that haven't come up yet||
Two that I kinda like are Florida and Oregon, especially "Mighty Oregon." It's a nice easy melody, catchy enough, and (AFAIK) unique at least within FBS. Also, as a one-time-wannabe band dork, I have to give props to "Texas Fight" for all the trombone glissandi (smooth up-and-down notes made by moving the slide without stopping the air supply).
|1 week 6 days ago||HS stealing college fight songs is common||
And interestingly enough, B1G fight songs are some of the most commonly stolen for high school use. "Minnesota Rouser," "On, Wisconsin!," and "Go U Northwestern," in that order, have to be the top three in that category.
Airport HS in Carleton, in whose district I used to live, uses "The Victors" as its fight song -- albeit dropped a few keys and at about half speed. My alma mater, Detroit Catholic Central in Novi, uses Texas A&M's fight song as one of its two fight songs.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||As once did||
Minnesota, before they moved to the Metrodome. IIRC, a small portion of an outer wall still stands as one wall of a newer athletic building.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||Also NOAA weather radio||
Certain automotive radios, and almost any scanner available, can pick up NOAA's weather radio service. For the immediate Metro Detroit area, KEC-63 is on 162.550 MHz, and other transmitters covering parts of southeast Michigan can be found in (at least that I can remember) Adrian, Lansing, Clio, and Bad Axe.
|19 weeks 4 days ago||Who else remembers the Jay Edwards buzzer-beater from 1989?||
I can still see it in my mind's eye like it happened yesterday, and I was 9 when it happened. I bring it up because I recall Frieder protesting it to the B1G office, saying that the Assembly Hall clock read :00 before Edwards got the shot off, and that shot resulting in the adoption of tenths of a second on the game clock two seasons later.
|23 weeks 34 min ago||Mike Tyson after a whupping from Lennox Lewis||
One of the questions Tyson was asked post-fight was about what he planned to do with his future. He responded, "I'll probably just fade into Bolivian," malapropping it when he meant oblivion.
It became an MGoMeme referring to god-awful negative MGoPoint totals shortly after Brian started the blog, and the rest is history.
|32 weeks 4 days ago||I'd be just as afraid of Urban Meyer||
getting any ideas from those pants. Are those guys even aware that they're wearing Ohio colors?
|48 weeks 5 days ago||There's a book about the 1966 Crimson Tide ...||
... which discussed the friendship between Bear Bryant and Duffy Daugherty, and how Bryant personally steered several talented black players to East Lansing because he couldn't recruit them to Alabama. In particular, it tells the story of Charlie Thornhill in great detail.
The 1966 national title is a matter of some controversy, as Alabama finished undefeated and untied while MSU and Notre Dame famously tied each other; yet the Tide finished #3 in both polls. The book detailed this as a sort of "punishment" for Alabama's still-racist policies.
College football history is definitely fascinating ...
|1 year 11 weeks ago||Poking Smot? Evan digs dudes?||
Couldn't resist. ;-)
Let it be noted before you neg me to Bolivian that I'm not taking a shot at him for transferring. Truth be told, I would rather Smotz actually was gay -- I think he's cute. :)
|1 year 13 weeks ago||Look closely at McLimans' right hand ...||
Is it just me, or is McLimans giving Lloyd Brady a bit of a pinch to the nipple? Hard to tell ...
|1 year 14 weeks ago||11 seeds beating 6s||
That's actually the most common first-round upset since the NCAA went to the 64-team format in 1985.
|1 year 14 weeks ago||11s beating 6s||
Statistically, that's the most common first-round upset since the NCAA went to 64 teams in 1985.
|1 year 22 weeks ago||Rivalries as I see them||
I think it has a lot to do with the historical quality (or lack thereof) of the schools in various sports. In football, Ohio is the much bigger rival, because they've almost always had good teams and Sparty can really only hang its hat on the 1950-1970 time frame. In most other sports, Sparty is the bigger rival because they've historically had successful programs while Ohio has been a late-comer to success.
|1 year 26 weeks ago||Has to do with the TV contracts||
CBS had the doubleheader this weekend, so Fox only got to show one game. By rule, in the Detroit market, this had to be the Lions -- thus, Fox wasn't allowed to show Detroit anything at 1pm.
|1 year 26 weeks ago||Pic #2 is my work||
I can say with absolute certainty that pic #2 is from the 2008 MSU game, since I am the person who took that picture. The dead giveaway for me is the winged-helmet hat worn by a young man immediately in front of me. I can remember having to do a little bit of work in Photoshop to remove a ray of glare caused by the light from the back of his hat.
Original is at http://www.flickr.com/photos/larrysphatpage/3014624073/ .
|1 year 27 weeks ago||CBS has the doubleheader this week||
This is CBS's week to have the doubleheader, meaning Fox can only show one game in any given market. Around here, obviously that was the Lions.
Another NFL TV rule states that when the local team is on, the other network cannot show a game against it. With the Lions on Fox, CBS wasn't permitted to show the Detroit market any game during the 1:00 time slot. Thus, only the Lions were on during the 1:00 time slot, and only CBS could show a 4:15 game in Detroit.
|1 year 35 weeks ago||Tailgating/parking||
Two friends and I parked in a campus lot that they designate for game-day cash payers (as opposed to season-ticket-holder lots) maybe six blocks southwest of Memorial Stadium in '09. I recommend a visit to Illinois' athletics web site (I think fightingillini.cstv.com) and printing out some football parking maps before you go.
|1 year 35 weeks ago||Not in my experience||
Aside from "MUCK FICHIGAN" t-shirts, Illinois fans weren't that bad when I went in '09. Several even gave me restaurant recommendations for nearby towns on the way back.
|1 year 35 weeks ago||Saw it on Gameday||
I wasn't there, but I can verify it because ESPN did a piece on M-MSU during warm-ups on Gameday.
|1 year 35 weeks ago||That was 1979||
Ufer died in 1981, so no way that could have been '89.
The intentional fumble you recall was made by Lawrence Reid. It was caught on the IU sideline by none other than Lee Corso, then the Hoosiers' head coach.
|1 year 35 weeks ago||Terry Bowden '03 OSU game||
I'm partial to a few of the name blunders Terry Bowden made alongside Keith Jackson at the '03 Ohio game. A certain backup quarterback and current MLB pitcher was called "Richard Clayton," and "Richard Clayton" was playing catch that day with one "Braylon Jackson."
No wonder ESPN canned Bowden when they took over ABC Sports in 2006. Bowden went to Yahoo! to write a column for a while, and has since put on 100+ pounds and returned to coaching at Division II North Alabama.
|1 year 42 weeks ago||Seat location opinions||
I've found that I don't care so much about the row -- the view has more to do with sideline vs. corner vs. end zone to me. You can see the whole field just fine if you have the kind of location I had for Illinois 2010: row 79, but section 1 right near midfield.
I know you said your choices are end zone or end zone, but I'm not a huge fan of end zones and corners. Anything much the other side of your nearer 40-yard line, you need binoculars or have to follow the action on the new Godzillatrons.
My opinion/preference is to get between the 20-yard lines and not care about the row. This is just my opinion though, and YMMV.
|1 year 46 weeks ago||WJR felt MSU sports were a better strategy||
You'll recall that WJR did not have, and never had, anything but football with M. M basketball has always been on WWJ instead. When the opportunity to pick up Sparty basketball AND football came up, WJR jumped at it, reasoning that 40-odd dates would be more profitable than 12 or 13 M football broadcasts.
|2 years 46 weeks ago||I can't believe this one didn't make the list ...||
Lloyd's idiotic choice to punch it in on fourth-and-goal at the one at Wisconsin in 2005.
There were just under three minutes left in the first quarter of a scoreless game when Blue went nowhere on third down at the 1. It would seem logical that in a scoreless game on the road, one would take the almost guaranteed three points from a gimme 18-yard FG. But apparently, Lloyd wasn't logical.
I was driving across Utah on I-70 that day, listening to the game on Sirius Satellite Radio. I distinctly remember screaming at my radio, "NO YOU IDIOT, KICK THE FIELD GOAL!" when Frank Beckmann said the offense was headed back out. Kevin Grady would be stuffed for no gain, three points that should have been on the board weren't there, and Michigan would go on to lose by ... ?
Three points, 23-20. Three points that Lloyd's play-calling kept off the board.
I remember this loss as being the beginning of my demanding the end of Lloyd.
|3 years 14 weeks ago||Don't ignore the team/individual sport distinction||
A statement that "By and large, gay people seem not particularly drawn to sports" is probably mostly true of men's team sports. There do tend to be more gay folks in individual sports, where there really isn't the locker-room culture to contend with, and there are quite a few lesbians in women's sports, of both the team and individual flavors.
|3 years 15 weeks ago||Excellent news about Craig||
Glad to hear what Craig is up to, and looking forward to three more years of him terrorizing Big Ten QBs.
Somewhat meta or off-topic here, but my closest friend is actually Roh's second cousin (one set of great-grandparents in common). Or, another way to say it is that Fred Roh and my friend's father are first cousins to each other. Between that and Mike Martin having attended my high school, albeit a decade after me, I have a lot invested in our D-line. :)
|3 years 15 weeks ago||Another place where, dare I say it ...||
... we're getting destroyed by Ohio State?
I wrote the following piece and submitted it to the Daily, which ran it November 2, 2009, with a couple of edits from my original.
That I had to write that, I think, speaks volumes about how far the U-M athletic community still has to go on this. I mean, come on, we've had a highly visible, (most likely) gay person on the field for every home game in the last two years -- so why haven't we figured this out?
I know that Tressel's granting of the interview to "Outlook: Columbus" isn't going to make all OSUck fans immediately cease using anti-gay insults, especially against those of us M folk brave enough to risk vandalism and assault and such down there, but it's a much-needed start and a first step down that path for OSU. I only wish that we might do the same thing.
|3 years 26 weeks ago||Ditch Northwestern, add Pitt and WVU||
I've always thought that the best way to add to the Big Ten is by subtraction. I'm for ditching Northwestern and adding Pitt and West Virginia if the conference is to go to 12 schools.
Reasons Northwestern doesn't fit:
Quite honestly, the Wildcats could find themselves far more competitive, if not regularly winning championships, in the MAC. I see the academics as the only reason, and not an absolutely compelling one at that, to keep them around.