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|1 day 20 hours ago||The fall before last, I had||
The fall before last, I had two friends get married on Columbus day weekend. Their rehearsal dinner was on Saturday at a bowling alley in Ferndale. So far, so rad. However. Some of you may remember that weekend as the Penn State 4-OT Game Neither Team Wanted To Win. This wedding was at least 50% Wolverine, including the bride. Therefore, a significant contingent was watching the game in alternating joy and horror, but mostly disgust.
The bride's parents wanted to make a speech. So in the middle of the third OT, her dad dinged his glass, picked up a microphone, and started talking. There was a strangled, "But the game's still on!" in the back, but he soldiered on, as half his audience whipped back and forth between him and the game, paying attention to nary a word he said. We lost right before he finished talking.
Do not schedule your wedding on a football Saturday.
|1 day 22 hours ago||How can you be class of 1817?||
How can you be class of 1817? Michigan was founded that year. Did you spend three years at Harvard and then transfer to Michigan to graduate? If so, good move.
|2 days 4 min ago||Poor Indiana and Purdue.||
Poor Indiana and Purdue.
|2 days 18 hours ago||(No subject)||
|2 days 21 hours ago||Healthy senior Denard under||
Healthy senior Denard under RR with a competent DC and nonzero OL recruiting would have thrown for 5,000 yards and 40 TDs, rushed for 4,000 yards and 30 TDs, beaten Staee and OSU by a combined score of 105-14, won a national championship, made the leap to the NFL, shocked the world by going 4-12, then run for president and not won but done well enough at the Iowa caucuses to worry Obama.
This I believe.
|2 days 21 hours ago||Counterpoint: Michael Sam,||
Counterpoint: Michael Sam, who was SEC DPOY and barely got drafted. Turns out that was for good reason. And I don't buy the "but he's gay" argument. Sure homophobia is real and probably some teams held their noses and turned the other way at the prospect of bringing an openly gay man into the team; fuck all of them, whoever they are. But there were serious legit football concerns about his ability to play in the pros. Namely, that he's too small to be an effective DE and too slow to be an effective LB.
I don't know anything about Scooby Wright, but it IS possible to be a great college football player who will never be a star or even a roleplayer in the NFL and who gets drafted (or not) accordingly. Just as it's possible to be a great college basketball player who never gets a cup of coffee in the NBA.
|2 days 23 hours ago||Accepted into LSA in winter||
Accepted into LSA in winter of 2004. Visited in April, weather was beautiful, decided on the spot that Ann Arbor is where I wanted to be.
|3 days 16 hours ago||An unknown person recruited||
An unknown person recruited by Brady Hoke in his counterfactual scenario. It's right there in the post.
|3 days 16 hours ago||It's not over yet! Stop||
It's not over yet! Stop talking as if his career is over because he got cut by the team that signed him as an UDFA but had lots of other needs than WR. I hope he has a long and satisfying career after football. And I also, still, hope that career doesn't start until 2025.
|3 days 19 hours ago||So, we're letting kids visit||
So, we're letting kids visit other schools after they've committed now! That seems like an interesting change from the Hoke regime. I think it will help us land a few more highly-touted recruits, Michigan can hold up against the big boys! Discuss!
|4 days 1 hour ago||We can have a five-person||
We can have a five-person Mount Rushmore, if we really want to.
|4 days 1 hour ago||Maybe I'm just getting old||
Maybe I'm just getting old but that looked really dangerous. I hope the phone was okay.
ETA: Google informs me that he has more than 445,000 followers on Twitter. That is something.
|4 days 1 hour ago||Oh my god I would spend $200||
Oh my god I would spend $200 on maize and blue light up shoes. In a heartbeat.
|5 days 1 hour ago||On phone but will upvote with||
On phone but will upvote with extreme prejudice when I'm back on the computer. Congrats to all the M athletes doing us proud.
|6 days 22 hours ago||Wasn't 2005 the Year of||
Wasn't 2005 the Year of Infinite Pain?
|1 week 1 hour ago||Exactly. Even bad NFL QBs||
Exactly. Even bad NFL QBs are, by definition, the elite among the elite at the position. The fact that they don't have Aaron Rodgers, Tom Brady, and Philip Rivers does not mean that the guys they do have aren't pretty freaking great at QB.
|1 week 1 hour ago||The lone bright spot? Ryan||
The lone bright spot? Ryan Glaslow would like a word.
|1 week 1 hour ago||Somewhere around row 60,||
Somewhere around row 60, section 30ish but like you said, we moved around a bunch.
|1 week 1 hour ago||RIP||
embed fail but, man oh man: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mg3saFPE4m0
|1 week 18 hours ago||It's been only seven years||
It's been only seven years away for me but what I miss most (other than Zingerman's Georgia reuben, which was mentioned in the OP and which is goddamn delicious) is cheese waffle fries from Red Hot Lovers. Put that grated cheddar in the paper cup, melt it in the microwave, pour it over the just-right waffle fries...oh god my stomach growled just thinking about it.
|1 week 21 hours ago||Wisconsin's and Kentucky's||
Wisconsin's and Kentucky's respective basketball revenues were indistinguishable as recently as 2010. (Sauce: http://money.cnn.com/2010/03/18/news/companies/basketball_profits/)
Calipari might be worth more than Bo but not because he makes the school more money.
|1 week 21 hours ago||Denarbaugh||
|1 week 21 hours ago||I qualified for Junior||
I qualified for Junior Olympics in fencing a couple of times in high school but my parents could only afford to send me once, when it was close enough to home that the plane ticket wasn't super expensive. I was only an alright fencer, good enough to qualify for JOs, obviously, but near the bottom of the field once I was there. Got creamed in my first bout, 5-1, second bout 5-0 or 5-1, and then in the third bout I went nuts and won 5-4.
My coach, who was a serious Polish dude and very stingy with complements, walked over to me after the bout with a huge grin on his face, shook my hand, and said, "This is wonderful! I didn't think you would win a single match!"* I lost the next two and my tournament was over, but man it felt pretty good showing my coach that I could hang.
*Out of what I assume is kindness, he had not divulged this belief to me before the tournament.
|1 week 22 hours ago||I am Groot.||
I am Groot.
|1 week 1 day ago||Hm? I mean Ace is also a good||
Hm? I mean Ace is also a good writer, but unless he was publishing under Brian's byline in 2010 then Brian wrote the paragraph I was referring to.
|1 week 1 day ago||Truly, WD, you are a god||
Truly, WD, you are a god among nerds.
|1 week 1 day ago||Why does this exist.||
Why does this exist.
|1 week 1 day ago||The paragraph about Christian||
The paragraph about Christian Pace is why I read this blog. I lose sight of this fact from time to time but Brian is a really, really good writer.
DO YOU HEAR ME, BRIAN COOK? YOU WRITE WELL, SIR.
|1 week 1 day ago||(No subject)||
|1 week 1 day ago||Allow me to complete the||
Allow me to complete the thought: Poop poop poop poop poop.
I always loved Countess a little extra-much because we share a not-especially-football-strong and not-exactly-a-UM-pipeline home state.* I hope he plays well wherever he goes and I hope he ends up playing on Sundays.
*Couple of other recent Michigan recruits notwithstanding