landing spot. will be interesting to see how he does.
- Member for
- 5 years 20 weeks
- View recent blog entries
|3 hours 8 min ago||Very Cool Indeed...||
Especially during what is really a down period when it comes to blog activity, we do sometimes forget about some of these nice things which tend to go on in the shadow what normally gets extensive coverage around here. Congratulations to the rowing team on what is a phenomenal feat and a fantastic run indeed.
|6 hours 48 min ago||Even Worse...||
Even worse, these officials couldn't even go to the kinetoscope for the replay footage, which would have needed to have developed quite some time before the actual review anyway, so there wasn't even an opportunity for the patrons to line up - single-file - to peer into the machine and see how jobbed they had been on that call (or not jobbed, depending on your affiliation perhaps).
|9 hours 28 min ago||On Memorial Day...||
We're doing ribs today, marinating right now in a lime and ginger concoction. They should be exquisite, if the scent is any indication.
As for war films, "The Great Escape" is a cinematic classic and always a favorite of mine. "A Bridge Too Far" holds an interesting place on that list for me - I had family on BOTH sides at Arnhem. "Bridge On The River Kwai" also is highly recommended if you've never seen it. "The Deer Hunter" and "Apocalypse Now" are also right up there, in my opinion. Other folks in the thread have named some good ones too - this is a wide field, I would say.
|10 hours 48 min ago||To Add A Little...||
Here's the interactive bracket on the NCAA site - LINK - in the evnent someone wants the link for a quick reference this week.
As for the late game, quite alright of course - I am sure we've all been seen cheering on Wolverines later than those times at some point in our lives.
|22 hours 12 min ago||Brushes With Fame...||
It's surprisingly easy to have brushes with fame or semi-fame when you're in downtown Detroit, I've found over the years. I was at a meeting downtown once last year and as it let out, I was walking and talking with someone and walked right past Miguel Cabrera, who was there for some corporate event involving the company's philanthropic arm. Sadly, it took a couple feet of walking and not really paying attention before my brain said, "Dumbass, that's Miguel Cabrera..." so no chat.
|1 day 44 min ago||Those Videos...||
There was a lot to lose one's mind over in those videos really - I don't think there is a team that wouldn't want someone who could hurdle everyone in front of them on their offense. I am only a casual follower of recruiting, but I remember being particularly interested in McGuffie just for the athleticism alone.
|1 day 52 min ago||Taking This Down...||
"Harbaugh displaying wretched excess of absolute power"
Yeah, this one can come down now. I think we got as much out of this one as we're going to get.
|1 day 2 hours ago||Don't Be That Person...||
There is a small but vocal minority around here that misinterpret the intent of MGoBlog as being football, basketball, hockey and that's more or less it - that's simply not the case at all. The body of Michigan athletics is celebrated here, and you'll find a lot of folks do in fact follow softball here.
I guess my message is this - don't be that guy. That guy tends not to last long here.
- A fellow Hornet (Class of 1996)
|1 day 5 hours ago||Well, That's Interesting...||
Bases loaded for Romero with one out. That got interesting in a hurry, if you will.
Fingers crossed here.
....and sacrifice fly. 4-2 Michigan. Fingers still crossed.
|1 day 20 hours ago||All I Can Say Is...||
All I can say to those who wonder why they are still posting in some form is that the modding thing does not extend to the app, so even though they are banned on the site proper, you can pretty much do whatever in the app, which makes it pretty amusing to read the vitriol of the users who are relegated to Bolivia spewing on the app.
I don't know which of the two that I would rather have seen write this piece though. Maybe Sean Ornery only because he would first decry this thread as the problem with the blog today and then go on to write an article which enables the problem, sort of like this article. Hmmmm....
|1 day 23 hours ago||Today...||
Although I promised myself I wouldn't do too much outside today, the implosion orchestrated by Saupold and Wilson was cause enough for me to go immediately outside and mow the lawn while I tried not to say the things I was thinking about the bullpen.
As for the rest of the weekend, we're going with hamburgers, ribs, steaks and anything we can grill basically. I am trying to enjoy some alcohol-free brews as I still cannot drink pending medical approval, although this is a struggle for me. Sobriety blows.
|2 days 2 hours ago||Tone It Down...||
If you would tone it down a notch, please, that would be excellent. It is a holiday weekend, I am grilling right now and in a very amiable mood and - more importantly - I REALLY don't want to do the mod thing this weekend if I don't have to do it. Just enjoy the fact that we have actual Michigan sports to talk about in late May....also, enjoy a beer. I'd let you have one from my fridge, but you're in San Diego, I assume.
EDIT: To reply to San Diego Mick below, this goes for everyone - enjoy the holiday weekend and don't fly off the handle or otherwise be uncivil in a thread where we should be cheering our softball team on.
|2 days 7 hours ago||Even Better...||
Even better, like the rest of us, they are posting on a CFB message board that is prone to going down analytical / theoretical rabbitholes arguably more often than similar sites, so they may feel right at home with that one. I do agree though, that "Podcast Ain't Played Nobody" is a good one though, and for that reason.
|2 days 10 hours ago||MGoBlog After Hours...||
On the occasions when I can't sleep and have the notion to check on MGoBlog After Hours, I admit to a similar expression, although I look that way - if it is during the season - at the threads that are going to get nuked in the morning. To be fair to the blog though, some of the most fascinating (I am being generous here - maybe) theories on sports ever fronted by anyone have appeared here between about 1 AM and 5 AM or so.
|2 days 22 hours ago||Interesting...||
As I recall, one of the reasons that Little Caesars Arena (please rename this, Illitch Holdings) exists - well, aside from hockey - is for the potential to bring things like the Final Four or other similar tournaments to Detroit, so piloting basketball with a game during someone's regular season makes sense.
They are working quickly on this arena too - each time I am downtown for a meeting, it looks radically different.
|3 days 1 hour ago||Training Days...||
Unless it is web-based - in which case, the only day people seem to do it is Friday - we almost never schedule any training on Friday unless it cannot be avoided. The main reason is that we have a fair number of people who work flexible schedules (4 10-hour days typically) and Friday is a big "off" day for those people. Monday has the same problem associated with it where I work, albeit to a lesser extent.
|3 days 5 hours ago||Until Then...||
Until then, of course, everyone here should be brushing up on....oh....we'll say Kurt Vonnegut, because there will eventually be a point in July where a thread something like "OT: What Is Your Favorite Vonnegut Work?" will appear. Strangely, that thread itself will appear as if it was in fact written by a drunk or high Kilgore Trout.
|3 days 5 hours ago||Oh, Nice...||
The majority of Rutgers fans are opposed to a game at Yankee Stadium, with 69.3 percent of over 2,904 respondents to an NJ.com poll voting against having a game in the Bronx. Rutgers is now scheduled to have six true home games in 2017.
If you won't see the game in Piscataway and you reside there, why would you go all the way to the Bronx to see it? I mean, the Yankees organization is all too happy, I assume, to have people in the seats and paying to be there on a day when normally this wouldn't happen, but it's awesome that Rutgers thinks the Yankees care.
|3 days 5 hours ago||Interesting Development...||
"All but one of the 16 Level I violations arose from intentional misconduct committed by rogue former employees or boosters outside the University's direct control acting in contravention of rules education provided to them by the University,"
I like how if you end up on the wrong side of the fallout that you suddenly become a "rogue employee" in these instances, even in cases like this where there is well-founded belief that the failures which allow it to happen are systemic in nature. I have to imagine that - by law - Ole Miss has to provide more than "Don't get caught" in the way of rules education, but more and more it seems like that is about the only rule some departments and programs really emphasize.
|3 days 10 hours ago||Interesting Stuff...||
"We're tighter, cleaner," Bunting said. "We had a year to practice everything. Second year with the same program you just keep building from where you left off and where we left off is now the new benchmark to build off of."
I like that approach and it seems like it is less popular in football that it should be, the attitude that last year is merely the current year's baseline and your goal is to make the following year's baseline just that much higher. It's difficult to maintain because of players coming into and going out of the program, learning curves, and so forth, but if you can manage something like, there's very little you cannot do as a program, I would think.
|3 days 11 hours ago||Here Comes The Weekend...||
The Fridays which come up against holiday weekends like this are actually the times when it is sort of nice to go into work, in my opinion, but these are usually the days which are meeting-free and therefore days where things can actually be accomplished. I am already resigned to the idea of being down to a skeleton crew today, so there are projects on which I can move forward without too much interruption.
Of course, if anything happens where we need to respond to something in a hurry, that will be perhaps an issue, so fingers crossed for no sudden problems, or a least hopefully they can fester over the holiday weekend. I won't be answering my voice mails after 4 PM or so anyway.
|3 days 20 hours ago||Very Cool...||
This is a pretty cool idea and these actually are some pretty good matchups. I can only imagine how those kids will feel getting to play one of their games on Michigan Stadium's field - they'll remember that one for a long time, win or lose, I would think. As someone mentioned, this seems like it will build some great goodwill with in-state programs, which would be an added bonus.
I wonder if they'll open these to the general public - I actually haven't seen a high school game since I was in high school.
|3 days 22 hours ago||In The Comments...||
Some of the comments on that article are pretty funny:
hey look, a bunch of pats fans equating a practice violation 2 months before the preseason to deflating balls during playoff games
There do seem to be a fair number of Patriots fans taking it out on everyone in the comments, from the look of things, even wondering how this is somehow their fault and what the fine might be for New England.
|4 days 4 hours ago||Wait A Minute...||
Whitlock really said that? What does he want Briles to do in such a situation? Advocate for understanding and patience? I think it is well past that, if this is the case. Yeah, Jason Whitlock definitely would be in my top five, if I had to make a list of sports commentators / journalists whose ability to stay employed was something I did not understand completely.
|4 days 5 hours ago||About This...||
John U. Bacon put it nicely on Twitter - "Baylor did the right thing - after it had tried everything else." In some way, Penn State's firing of Joe Paterno was a vaguely similar moment of doing the right thing after - in their case - having tried everything else for what we now understand could have been up to 45 years or so. The similarities may end there though. In both cases, far too little, far too late.
Neither canning in any way makes up for the human disaster left behind in part because of the unwillingness of these coaches to do the right - no, the human thing. In my own opinion, both should be remembered for the things they failed to do or were unwilling to do because, if you will, it would have ruined a good thing on the field. I wonder if programs ever take time to reflect on their own collective humanity in these situations.
Thus far, however, it seems like Baylor is handling this better than Penn State, relatively speaking, that is - Penn State was and still is immersed in a cult of personality around Paterno and fans largely refused to acknowledge that Paterno was Sandusky's enabler on those staffs, one of many really. I haven't seen nearly that level of denial and those feelings of persecution from Baylor fans so far. I could be missing something there though.
Sports seems to be particularly vulnerable to the development of a culture where Plan Z in these situations - where someone is caught directly doing something horrible and criminal, or where someone whose responsibilities involve mitigating bad behavior fails to do it on every level - is what Plan A should have been in an ideal world.
|4 days 6 hours ago||Oh, Nice...||
Next time, engage them in a game of "Do you remember that time when...." and try to confine it to positive memories of the last ten years or so. As a Lions fan, all I can say is that if both parties are candid with themselves, this game should not take terribly long.
|4 days 7 hours ago||Not Shocking...||
There are isolated people on Twitter that seem genuinely shocked that Baylor did this, but I cannot for the life of me imagine why - at this point, and with a very, very ugly oversight (lack of it really, up to and including the horrible things reported recently) problem getting worse by the moment there, you can't keep him. It is something Baylor should have done already perhaps, but at this point keeping him is an indefensible look. Good for them.
|4 days 7 hours ago||My Own View...||
Sitting here now, my own view on this is the "when there is time" stance on the Michigan / ND rivalry. Since we are now short one non-conference game, it won't happen every year, and I won't feel bad if it doesn't happen most years, but if there's a slot and they are agreeable, then fine, I wouldn't be averse to it. I just don't feel the need to turn it into something like it was now - I find that "To Hell With Notre Dame" actually is not a bad general strategy.
|4 days 12 hours ago||Embed For The Board...|
|4 days 22 hours ago||Catching Up...||
I've been bringing myself up to speed on this one, and I am enjoying it thoroughly. I actually have the same issue as a poster above now - I keep trying to talk about it to people at work and no one seems to have heard about it, much less watched it. The more I see, the more I don't understand why it hasn't been more popular.