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|11 weeks 4 days ago||The dog behind Sparty in #7||
The dog behind Sparty in #7 is "Zeke the Wonder Dog," a mainstay of Spartan Stadium halftime entertainment for nearly 30 years. Zeke and his human handler perform acrobatic Frisbee tricks to delight the crowd.
Currently, they are on Zeke III, the first golden retriever to serve as Zeke. (The first two Zekes were Labradors.) I know all of this because Zeke III and his handler are neighbors of a Michigan season-ticket-holding friend of mine in Grand Haven, and Zeke and my friend's greyhound have bridged the rivalry with a couple of shared walks in the past.
|16 weeks 3 days ago||I'm pretty much as Big House OCD as you||
You left out section 19 in the list of sections that do not reach the field, but had every other one nailed in your list.
All of the sections that don't reach the field use the same row numbering as the remaining sections. I'm almost certain that Row 21 is as low as the non-field sections go; anything from A up to 20 does not exist in those sections. To answer the question, from Row 21 on up, yes, Sec 5 Row 21 is right next to Sec 6 Row 21, for example; but from Row 20 on down, in that corner, Sec 4 Row 18 is next to Sec 6 Row 18.
Or, to put it another way, from Row 20 on down to Row A, walking clockwise around the stadium, starting at the tunnel, you go through the following sections ... (irrelevant sideline), 4, 6, 9, 11, 12, 13, 15, 18, 20, (irrelevant sideline), 26, 28, 31, 33, 34, 35, 37, 40, 42, (irrelevant sideline). That list only contains corner and end zone sections and ignored the sidelines.
And, for what it's worth, the west side lower concourse, the only concourse at each end, and the east side upper concourse all lead to stadium entrances at Row 72; the east side lower concourse entrances are at Row 55; and the west side upper concourse entrances are at Row 96, the very top.
|45 weeks 6 days ago||Or more accurately ...||
More accurately, some people will have that different path or philosophical approach chosen for them -- certainly when we're talking about K-12, and possibly beyond depending on the helicopteriness of one's parents. Few actually get to make these choices for themselves.
|47 weeks 6 days ago||Try this app on your Android devices||
One of the more useful apps I've ever run across will help you with at least knowing your Android devices' 5GHz capabilities. It's called Wifi Analyzer and can be found on Google Play. Look for a square that says "2.4G" as you swipe sideways through the screens, and tap it to change to "5G." If you see any networks, your own or otherwise, the Android device in question is 5GHz capable.
|1 year 14 weeks ago||No red zone trips allowed since UNLV||
Not an advanced stat, I know, but the play-by-play box scores available online indicate that UNLV was the last Michigan opponent to visit the red zone, let alone score.
In fact, only two drives combined through the last three games have even crossed the 50; BYU had one early on, and the other was Northwestern's missed FG drive that stalled at the M 25 yesterday. Maryland did start one drive at the Michigan 28 because of a Michigan fumble, but the Terps immediately proceeded to move backwards and go three-and-out.
|1 year 39 weeks ago||Can't say mine is real clever, but it should get me posbanged :)||
|1 year 39 weeks ago||Just the other night ...||
... a partially-eaten chicken wing landed on the pitcher's mound at the Arizona-San Francisco baseball game. It was believed to have been dropped by a passing seagull.
|1 year 41 weeks ago||Re: Hatch's future||
Looks like I paid a little bit closer attention to the SportsCenter feature "Miraculous" than most. They discussed his injuries in more detail than I had ever seen before, and I can't imagine they did so without Austin's approval -- to do otherwise would be a massive violation of HIPAA, for one thing.
Specifically as it concerns basketball, they noted that the traumatic brain injury (TBI) he suffered did damage to a particular area that handles processing of visual stimuli and the body's responses thereto. He's obviously way ahead of where he was in the days and months following June 24, 2011, and for that we are all grateful; but by Austin's own admission, he's way behind his peers on the court and has trouble processing things at game speed, and may never get that back.
Yes, he played a few minutes this year, and it was awesome when he hit that free throw against Wayne State. He most certainly should stay close to the team in some capacity if he does go the medical route, in my opinion. Hell, I still plan to name my hypothetical future firstborn son Austin in his honor. All that being said, though, he may just never be able to get the visual-processing mental parts of the game back enough to be competitive at the college level, and a medical scholarship might end up being best for everybody.
|1 year 43 weeks ago||Re: First vs. last names||
A good friend of mine is an eight-year season ticket holder, and I get to 3-5 games a year with his second ticket when time permits. I'm about as connected as it's possible to be without being a diehard, and I'm well aware that first names and nicknames are a big thing in the culture of softball.
But that's Alumni Field and this is MGoBlog. Much as it's often said that what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas, the exclusive use of first names or nicknames belongs at Alumni Field or in small group face-to-face conversations where the context is obvious. I must therefore join the chorus, and politely ask MGoSoftball to at least find a middle ground -- maybe FIRSTNAME LASTNAME on the first mention of a player and then only first names thereafter?
It's a respect thing, really, for the majority of the MGoAudience. Please, don't force 98% of your audience to check the roster on the MGoBlue mother ship just to have any idea who you're talking about.
|1 year 47 weeks ago||Forgive me this admittedly pedantic nitpick||
... but I feel the need to explain Latin suffixes on words starting in "alumn__."
Alumnae, as you used it, refers specifically to females in the plural. This would be proper when discussing former sorority members who have graduated from Michigan, for example, but not for all such people.
You were looking for "alumni," which is used either for all-male or mixed groups. "Alumnus" is male singular, and "alumna" is female singular.
|1 year 49 weeks ago||Harbaugh really needs to start this||
If OSU players can go sing "Carmen Ohio" in front of the student section, and Notre Dame players can do likewise with "Notre Dame, Our Mother," there's no reason our players can't sing "The Yellow and Blue" in the student corner at the end of our games. Harbaugh should emulate the only good thing Tressel ever did and make this a reality.
|1 year 49 weeks ago||Early 20th century and interesting fight song stuff||
The first decade or so of the 20th century was a very interesting time for fight songs in general, not solely in Ann Arbor. Bet you don't know the story behind "On, Wisconsin": it was originally composed for and submitted to a fight-song contest held by Minnesota, with lyrics identical to its current form except for every "On, Wisconsin!" replaced by "Minnesota." It was eventually rejected in favor of "Minnesota Rouser" in that contest. Undaunted, the writers changed all the Minnesotas to "On, Wisconsin!"s and pitched their song to UW, and the rest, as they say, is history.
|2 years 3 weeks ago||US Airways Flight 1549 and Teterboro||
Remember Captain "Sully" and the ditching in the Hudson River? The radio record between him and New York City TRACON indicates that he briefly considered Teterboro's small airport as his emergency landing site, before realizing about 30 seconds later that he had insufficient altitude and had no choice but the Hudson.
|2 years 13 weeks ago||During my student days||
... in the late 1990s, the band was in section 41, on the east sideline. At least going back that far, they've never been in an end zone section.
|2 years 17 weeks ago||Ohio byes in 2002||
They faced Texas Tech in the Pigskin Classic on August 24, took August 31 off, and then played 12 straight weeks after that.
|2 years 17 weeks ago||Re: Ohio 13 RS games in 2002||
I tracked down the answer for you, with some help from cfbdatawarehouse.com.
Everybody in I-A was allowed to play 12 games in 2002 rather than the then-customary 11 because of the old rule permitting an extra game when the Saturday of Labor Day weekend fell into August. I only checked Ohio, Michigan, Iowa (randomly selected non-M, non-Ohio B1G team) and USC (randomly selected non-B1G "power 5" team), but all of them played 12.
Ohio got to play a 13th game because the Pigskin Classic, in which they hosted Texas Tech in 2002, didn't count against the limit. Brutus and Co. did not face Hawaii that year.
And then obviously the 14th game was the Fiesta Bowl against Miami (YTM).
|2 years 20 weeks ago||Got one I'm selling||
I have one ticket out of my four available. My group purchased them from the UM Club of Greater Detroit back in May, before we found out later that our fourth wouldn't be able to go.
This includes a bus round-trip from Dearborn, a game ticket, and a small bagged lunch on the trip back. Asking $150 for the whole thing.
|2 years 26 weeks ago||If anything||
They'll think you're a fool rather than a jerk or asshole. 11-2* in the last 13 meetings has had a tendency, in my experience, to make the bucknuts scoff and laugh at the mention of Michigan instead of become angry. ---- * = includes Tatgate, I'm not pretending the game never occurred
|2 years 27 weeks ago||It does flip||
You're correct, the Lions and Cowboys alternate turns on Fox and CBS each Thanksgiving. However, it looks like you missed the NFL's change in that rotation (akin to the B1G changing rotations so we have to go to MSU and OSU). Fox will have the Lions for a second straight year in 2014, so it should be CBS' turn in 2015. CBS being the broadcaster of a Lions home game means an AFC opponent, so assuming no more NFL fiddling, it'll have to be Oakland or Denver -- likely the latter.
|2 years 39 weeks ago||You've been listening to Jim Price too much||
Throw in an "arsenal" or two and a few mentions of what a "nice area" Taylor is, and I'll have to extend the Jim Price drinking game to MGoBlog and get smashed. :-P
|2 years 41 weeks ago||Featured page is on a schedule||
It changes every day at midnight UTC, or, during our Daylight Saving Time part of the year, 8:00 pm Eastern time. A good friend of mine has something like 20,000 page edits and has shepherded about a dozen articles to featured status, so that's how I know this (admittedly useless) stuff. ;-)
|2 years 45 weeks ago||Patent foramen ovale||
And it's not something that forms later on in life, but rather the failure of the hole to close on its own during fetal development. Some people who have it can go their whole lives never having a clue, while others might drop dead on a basketball court at far too young an age. There's just no way to predict who will have problems with it.
|3 years 13 weeks ago||Got some factual errors||
Hayes didn't retire after losing his last three games against Michigan. He was fired the day after the Gator Bowl for his punch of Clemson's Charlie Bauman.
The score in 1969 was 24-12, not 22-14.
I'm sure if I read further, I would find others.
|3 years 16 weeks ago||Firing Glen Mason has to be up there||
Mason had Minnesota going 7-5, 8-4ish most years, and making at least semi-respectable bowl games. But that wasn't enough for the powers that be, and the Gophers have been a raging tire fire since.
|3 years 21 weeks ago||2010 at Purdue||
The sun was out on my drive down, and it was a beautiful if somewhat chilly morning. The sky began to cloud up over central Indiana, though, and that was just a preview of what was to come. Almost exactly at the start of the second quarter, the wind picked up and the rain arrived. I spent the next 2+ hours with a driving rain and 30-mph wind soaking me from behind. Michigan won, 27-16, in a game marred by ten combined turnovers.
|3 years 31 weeks 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.
|3 years 32 weeks 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.
|3 years 32 weeks 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).
|3 years 32 weeks 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.
|3 years 33 weeks 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.