this week in unintentionally grim-sounding recruiting headlines
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|1 hour 12 min ago||Ah, Bill Lee...||
Yeah, Norris seems a slightly different brand of eccentric than Bill Lee, but there are elements of Lee-type behavior in there. After all, Lee was the same person who wanted the Red Sox to give him 337 as a number so when people asked who he was all he had to do was stand on his head (I don't know that this would be Norris' style, but then I could be wrong). He also threw some great quotes in mix in his career too, and I can see Norris doing that as well actually. I mean, he did in this article.
|1 hour 21 min ago||Almost There Anyway...||
With as many bowl games as there are now, the base elements are already there - now we just need to find a way to get the committee to choose that many teams and then prioritize the bowls accordingly. For example, the winner of the AutoNation Cure Bowl can play the winner of the Gildan New Mexico Bowl and thereby create a situation where a C-USA team is playing a Sun Belt team to advance to.....wait no, this is an awful example.
|2 hours 17 min ago||Quick Question...||
Is that top photo from the early 2000s perchance? I ask because I was talking with someone the other day about running backs that also saw quite a few receptions through the years at Michigan and B.J. Askew came up almost immediately. I seem to recall that over his career at Michigan, he averaged close to 10 yards per reception.
|2 hours 40 min ago||Just Wow...||
“I knew a lot of people in the band were gay and they knew I wasn’t being serious,” Cominski said. “If I were writing to a broader audience or anyone other than a few close friends I would be horrified by those words.” - in reference to the homophobic stylings of their Nebraska parody
See, there's little reason to believe this contrition is genuine. You should be horrified by these words regardless really, and yet that quote is from the person who wrote the song. You have to wonder if indeed he ever really asked them if they were offended. If he had and they said "yes", would it have altered his thinking as to the wisdom of publishing this "song"? I somehow find it difficult to believe that it would.
The whole article....wow....just wow. There aren't words to sufficiently describe that level of utter depravity.
|2 hours 55 min ago||Windows 10...||
I actually found out - minutes before I was about to download it - that if I wanted to do anything work-related on my machine, Windows 10 support currently exists nowhere in our corporate IT structure. That is to say, it wouldn't even let me login remotely if I downloaded it. I did manage to update the laptop that is exclusively non-work at least - it hosed a few drivers though, so I'll have to work on that this weekend maybe, but otherwise not too bad.
Hell, this one machine I am on now is running 8.1 and SAP seems to HATE Windows 8.1...we're a couple systems behind here.
|2 hours 59 min ago||Sounds Official Now...||
|3 hours 4 min ago||They Still Likely Win...||
I would imagine that they still could beat Virginia Tech even with one hand sort of restrained but perhaps not completely tied behind their back. It does not help Virginia Tech's cause that Beamerball has now become so advanced in its evolution that it has transcended the need to actually score points, at least in regulation. Sadly for them, conventional wisdom regarding football demands that winning point totals should normally be expressed in whole positive integers.
|4 hours 1 min ago||Just Did That...||
I just gave about half a bag of old Michigan tees - some of them years old - to Easter Seals in the latest of the Purges Of Crap (as my wife calls them) happening around my house, the main focus being to not have 2500 sq. ft. of stuff in a 1500 sq. ft. home. No qualms about donating those as most of them no longer fit but there's always someone out there that can wear them and hopefully will do so. The more Michigan shirts out there, the better.
|4 hours 37 min ago||About That...||
I thought it was a pretty neat little survey, but I thought about this vry thing last night. It would be fun - if there was a way to feasibly do this - to get the same survey on the fan blogs of, say, 25-30 different Division I schools scattered across conferences and the country and compare it. I would think there could be some fascinating differences.
|8 hours 14 min ago||To Be Fair...||
To be fair, it is petty fascinating to see the array of services you can actually get through Twitter and usually faster than using, say, 800 numbers. We've used it at work to get IT help with some of our systems and we have had people report outages and other trouble to the corporate account and get help faster than through traditional channels. It's a pretty cool way to get spot assistance if you need it and most corporate accounts are manned during all the but the small hours (save for critical stuff, where you can get 24/7 help in some cases).
|17 hours 41 min ago||Very Nice...||
Always glad to see Wolverines getting a shot at the next level.
I know he was at Houston's camp in May, but hopefully this evolves into something good for Taylor. Good luck and congratulations to him.
|21 hours 21 min ago||Near Grand Rapids...||
I had a pretty good experience and some great beer at White Flame in Hudsonville - that's actually not terribly far from Grand Rapids either, if you're concerned about an extensive amount of travel in the state and want to stay relatively local. Their oatmeal stout - Ugly Stick - was rather good, I thought.
|21 hours 30 min ago||Right Call...||
Like others, I was kind of beginning to worry that they would go out and try something brash like buy or worse, stand with what they had - that would have been the worst thing they could have done, in my opinion. Selling is definitely the right thing to do, although now they have to try to cobble something together in the next day and a half or so, most likely involving Price, I would think. Stranger things have happened in baseball, of course.
|22 hours 32 min ago||In The Coming Weeks...||
In the coming weeks, I think we might need to have some sort of open forum for other marsupials on the board - bandicoots, wallabies, possums, wombats....and so on - so we can talk about a formal policy for the treatment of this particular infraclass of mammals to prevent any tension. Let the mods know if there is interest - we can set that up.
|1 day 1 hour ago||As I Recall...||
As I recall, David Bennett is now a high school athletic director. With any luck, he hasn't had an occasion to break out that story yet because as hilarious as that press conference became, I can only imagine some parent asking the superintendent, "Ummm....is he alright? Does he really need a new screen door and this is just a poetic way of saying it?"
|1 day 1 hour ago||This Right Here...||
The single biggest disadvantage to ESPN3 might just be this. Although by contract in most cases ABC / ESPN gets the first cut, that seems like it is strictly for the main network, with the conference networks picking second. It probably falls off quickly from there in terms of game watchability most weeks, but of course this depends much on your own fandom. I've had the ESPN3 feed up during games - they do sometimes air the out-of-region stuff from the main telecast depending on your location.
|1 day 3 hours ago||Questions Answered...||
I've got two kids - 9 (daughter) and 8 (son) years old. My son has shown a lot more interest in baseball than anything else, so while I am guessing my might be relieved of really having to make that call about football at all if that trend continues, if he asked to try it out, I personally wouldn't object but I would want him to go into it understanding the risks inasmcuh as possible.
Would I actively encourage it and nudge him in that direction? No - my father was a defensive end and his knees and back are chronic problems for him, so I don't need to go very far as to show him why I wouldn't actively encourage it.
|1 day 4 hours ago||Kraft's Statement....||
NBCSports has Robert Kraft's statement here - LINK
I have come to the conclusion that this was never about doing what was fair and just. Back in May, I had to make a difficult decision that I now regret. I tried to do what I thought was right. I chose not to take legal action. I wanted to return the focus to football.
Nice little dig in the opener of this quote, I thought. This is in a portion of the statement where he explains that the reason he did not take action then was in the hope that the appeal would illustrate the silliness of all this. I wouldn't expect Kraft to take another position than this, of course, but there are other shots within it that don't quite conceal genuine anger from how it reads.
I heard that stealing Mentos from the party store is a lifetime ban in Goodell's world too.
|1 day 8 hours ago||From Here...||
I want to say that Hackett has already done the single most important thing, and that is helping to lay down the foundation for what should hopefully be some great times ahead, and not just for football necessarily. More broadly than football (though the Harbaugh hire should not and will never be overlooked in terms of its importance), he has helped to reform the culture of the athletic department, giving it a considered and logical direction. Most anything Hackett does from here seems like it would be a bonus.
|1 day 20 hours ago||Not Really A Caption...||
It's not really a cpation per se, but looking at the photo, this doesn't really work unless Urban Meyer starts belting out "88 Lines About 44 Women" in the background. If he did this, I want to see the Vine at the very least....also, the Vine of reactions to him doing it.
|1 day 22 hours ago||Just Unfathomable...||
I like that the NFL has priorities - backwards, nonsensical ones, but priorities all the same. Clearly, mischief with the game balls is as serious...actually moreso than assaulting other human beings in the mind of Roger Goodell and how dare Tom Brady do something so dastardly to undermine the character and integrity of the game and those who play it.
Actually, I hope "....and by the way, fuck Goodell" is now an appropriate way to close meetings, parties and other sorts of gatherings.
|1 day 22 hours ago||Bucket List Item...||
At the very least, it's another item to scratch off the football bucket list for me potentially - Army is the only service academy that I have not seen play in person actually, so there's that. I actually had not seen Air Force play in person until we played them, come to think of it. Like others have said, barring massive improvement on their part, this one is probably a cupcake, but I would take this over MAC or FCS opponents in the OOC schedule.
|1 day 22 hours ago||For Me Anyway...||
The road trip game for me this year (I haven't been able to do this for a few years because life and associated things) is going to be Indiana, primarily because that's he only Big Ten venue I've never been to, oddly enough (other than Rutgers - I saw a Maryland game when they were still in the ACC years ago, so I count it...sort of). I missed a chance due to a family emergency several years ago and just never got back to it.
|1 day 22 hours ago||If I Could...||
If I could, I would make it blog policy that any child whose first word is verified to be "Harbaugh" should probably be given automatic trusted user status as soon as they are able to have an MGoBlog account (whenever their parents decide that is, of course).
|1 day 22 hours ago||Fastest Car...||
The fastest car I have ever owned was the one I sadly I had to give up about 10 months ago because I didn't want to do the necessary engine rebuild - the police interceptor version of the Impala. It had that V8 they had to shoehorn in there, but it was pretty fast and turned flat and beautiful. The fastest one I've ever driven is my dad's 1968 Firebird, which I keep telling him I plan to sticker at the estate sale as "give to me".
|2 days 8 hours ago||After All...||
I would like to think so - after all, as I like to explain to people, the Jug is a Michigan resident and probably resents this attempt by Minnesota to hold it hostage and it is likely quite worried about the stack of unanswered mail now waiting at the foot of its apartment in Ann Arbor. Also, so many summer plans ruined by Gophers - the jug is quite upset.
|2 days 18 hours ago||Very Cool...||
Very nice spot. I wonder if they'll do a few more, as it is another way to get the team itself involved in building some further hype for the season. I really enjoyed the "Who's got it better than us?" at the end as well.
|2 days 21 hours ago||Same Thought...||
I had the same thought watching that video - I miss those lines. They were a big part of the reason that Thomas could, for example, average about 144 net yards per game in 2000 by himself. There are a fair number of things about Michigan football that the last several years have taught me never to take for granted, but these videos bring beck fantastic memories indeed.
|2 days 22 hours ago||Even Further...||
Actually, with as much excitement and general hype as there has been with this particular hire, I would not be shocked if they broke it out into two lines, one extending south from the stadium into downtown Milan or thereabouts, the other going east, extending down Stadium to Washtenaw and through Ypsilanti, terminating somewhere in the Ecorse & Telegraph area in Taylor.
|3 days 41 min ago||With Pictures...||
The embed codes that Twitter generates have a strange reaction to whatever Drupal module deals with embedded content on the board, particularly in the original posts - sometimes, if you wait a bit and leave the page open, the correct content should appear. Not sure if that's a version that needs updating or what, but it usually does work in the replies consistently. The slide show on the site is recommended for the historic images though.