that's unfortunate, but at least the interest is there on both sides
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|2 hours 28 min ago||One Experience....||
It isn't so much noteworthy as it is mystifying, and it wasn't an actual sit-in dinner but instead me ordering takeout. The Texas Roadhouse in Taylor - if you catch them on a night when they have people who can do things in parallel - has OK service. This was not such a night.
I called in a takeout order - or tried to do so - and heard "Texas Roadhouse, please hold". Click. I called again - same words, but this time actual hold music - for 10 minutes. I hung up and called again, figuring I had been forgotten. I assume the phone there has caller ID because now I get a frustrated, "WHAT??" from someone who can't be more than 18 perhaps.
I explain that I want to place an order, so they graciously let me do this and I give my last name - "Cook" - and they tell me 15 minutes. It takes 10 to drive there, so I leave after I call basically. I tell them I am here for a takeout order and I give them the name and they have no idea who I am.
"What did you order?"
I tell them what I ordered. Apparently, I am "Michaels" somehow, but as I could describe the order in graphic detail, I somehow get it - 15 minutes after my arrival. As was about to pay, I stopped and I asked to talk to the manager and I described my experience and managed to get my meal for 50% off, paying only for the entrees.
|4 hours 35 min ago||At Least For Me...||
I prefer to say that I estimate 8-9 wins based on the talent level and coaching that this team now has, but I would be hesitant to base that on past performance in the coaching world, particularly the past performance of different coaches in materially different times and places. To me, it is dangerous to make such a connection. If we remain consistent and look at how Harbaugh has fared, I think it is a safer assumption that the swing in the first year for us might be +3 or +4 wins. Granted, it is an estimate and it probably doesn't consider things that it should probably consider ideally.
|7 hours 4 min ago||Fair Enough....||
I would ask, "Where is your sense of adventure, man?" but then I imagine that like me, you're thinking that either you don't want to wake up in the morning and not remember how your neighbor's favorite birch tree ended up in pieces in the backyard or you don't want to tell the story of why daddy is now right-handed, as I probably would be. It's probably wise that my wife denied me any beer today until after I was done with the pruning saw.
|11 hours 26 min ago||Already Posted...||
Hello Carter Dunaway?
It is on the second page of threads, having only moved off the first page yesterday. The search function is your friend when it comes to commitment news here, as it is one of the things you can almost guarantee was posted the moment it happened.
|13 hours 37 min ago||I Will Say...||
I will say that if it wasn't obvious before that - despite all the places he could have gone - that Ann Arbor was where Harbaugh really wanted to be, it probably should be now. Warmup catcher, motivational speaker....as someone said above, he tries to be where he can when he can and it is great to witness the seemingly boundless energy.
|13 hours 46 min ago||I'm Sold...||
I'll be watching definitely - just this scene alone, right down to his re-enactment of Leach's pre-snap routine, was fun to watch. It is nice to see shows like "Real Sports" also bringing recognition to the program and what is going on here through these interviews though. As we've discussed at length around these parts - Harbaugh being himself keeps Michigan in the spotlight.
|22 hours 54 min ago||At The End...||
But as Lonergan said, Beilein knows college basketball isn’t a one-year thing. He’ll get his guys back in the gym again next year, passing, dribbling and catching just like always. He’ll give his team a chance in the end.
That was a very interesting piece connecting Beilein's approach in the past to his present. Indeed, it shows you that very little about the basic philsophy around players and personnel has changed really, but that it has worked so well wherever he has been.
|1 day 4 hours ago||Later On...||
Only now switched to this after Tigers and dinner, but kept track on the phone :-(
I am trying to look at it like this - later on, I get to see if the Rangers continue their slow, steady beating of Sidney Crosby with various shoulders. No dog in the fight in that game, of course, but any time I can watch Crosby get his comeuppance, I figure.
|1 day 6 hours ago||Well, It's Something...||
The Tigers just got one back on a J.D. Martinez solo shot.
Still started into the Blue Moon over the that seven-run half-inning the White Sox just put up. Sometimes, it seems when Sanchez doesn't have it, he really doesn't have it.
|1 day 7 hours ago||Interesting Stuff...||
Part of me looks at Norfolk State vs. Rutgers and wants that to be "upset special" for all sorts of selfish emotional reasons. I am guessing offhand that Northwestern is not going to like Stanford very much after that game and Ohio State probably comes out when the bell rings and flattens the Hokies.
|1 day 8 hours ago||It Happens...||
I am pretty sure that - in 2005 - we got a small storm that dumper about 4 inches of snow in the Ann Arbor area during the last week of April or thereabouts, and growing up I can recall stray flurries on cold mornings in early May. Of course, I can remember a week in 2000 in March when it was pretty much in the mid-80s every day, and in 1997, winter was more like an extended fall complete with tulips accidentally blooming in the middle of January. This is a very odd weather state sometimes.
|1 day 13 hours ago||UniWatch...||
Per Paul Lukas at UniWatch, which is probably the best authority on these thing out there if that means anything, these have been vetted and this or something similar to it may very well happen. (LINK).
Behind the link, you can see the descriptions of the uniforms in all their brand management glory, with gems like :
"Using the colloquial LA will resonate in a profound way with the younger demographic".
|1 day 13 hours ago||Daredevil...||
My wife and I blew through all 13 episodes on Netflix last weekend (starting Friday night and finishing Sunday evening) and I will say that at no point will you be disappointed - it is a great series. Whether you can binge watch it or you have to space it out, do make some time to watch it.
|1 day 13 hours ago||Crazy Things...||
I was at the Tigers game where Steve Lyons decided to clean himself off at first base by taking his pants down for a few moments. That was the somewhat offbeat Lyons just being himself, of course, and yeah, if you've got dirt in your shirttail in baseball, it is inconvenient, but there was the problem of deciding to do that - however absent-mindedly - in from of about 25,000 people. It took him a few seconds to realize what he was doing, but by then Tiger Stadium was rolling on the floor laughing.
I also had the pleasure of being in attendance for the oh so wonderful (if you're a Wings fan) "Fight Night At The Joe". I think it was Shanahan, but that body block on Roy was and still is beautiful.
|1 day 23 hours ago||Quick Question...||
Is this perchance Craig Dunaway's son? I didn't exactly make the connection before, but then I remember Jack Dunaway walked on and I've heard mentions that their father player for Bo on various media. Very nice yet again to see legacy Wolverines, if indeed that's the case.
|2 days 22 min ago||Hope He's Right...||
I hope he is right too. UMHoops threw this out there - LINK
If this is right, he's pretty close to graduating anyway:
LeVert said he’s factoring his health and his education — he’s “a couple more semesters” away from graduating. And, he admitted being part of the program next winter could be special.
With everyone back, I would think next season would be very interesting.
|2 days 31 min ago||First Car...||
My first car was a 1991 Lumina that was manufactured during a moment in history when General Motors toyed with the idea of not using primer when when painting sheet metal. It was red with unfinished spots and looked like a bad imitation of a Twister board. That being said, apart from the fact that the A/C compressor suffered from a case of shitty bearings, it was an OK car.
|2 days 3 hours ago||I Get This, But...||
''First and foremost, requiring a year of readiness would make clear to prospects that they have a choice. On one hand, they would be free to pursue their sport as a vocation, where development in the sport is their primary - if not sole - objective. To the extent such avenues are limited in the sports of football and men's basketball, it is the responsibility of the professional leagues in those sports to provide such opportunities. It is not the responsibility of intercollegiate athletics to serve as professional minor leagues in any sport,'' - from Delany's letter
I understand what he is trying to say here, and fortunately this is not a proposal as he mentioned, but say in basketball for example, if the NCAA as whole really felt this way, I would have to think they'd try to work with the NBA (which would need to somehow amend its CBA) to go back to the old rules, if you will (they do not feel this way, of course). That wouldn't mean freshmen ineligibility, of course, but no one would go for it after over 40 years without it, especially with the way the very nature of collegiate athletics has changed.
|2 days 3 hours ago||Enjoying The Afternoon...||
Well, I managed to get home in time to enjoy some of the afternoon - pizza night, so we ordered that, and I went for a nice walk / run and now am sitting on my porch with the laptop and a Guinness, the first of many such beers tonight as it is Friday. I might catch up on Orphan Black in anticipation of the season premiere tomorrow too.
|2 days 5 hours ago||About This...||
NFL.com profile on Funchess here (LINK), for comparison
Their Bottom Line is what I tend to see when I think of Funchess and his NFL prospects:
Has mismatch-caliber size, but lack of vertical talent and below-average hands might negate the size to an extent. Funchess was used outside and inside at Michigan and had success from the slot. He has the feel of a hybrid player who can be a big guy at wide receiver or a mismatch nightmare as a move tight end with more weight on his rangy frame.
Thought the rough comparison to Gavin Escobar was interesting too.
|2 days 6 hours ago||Well Hello...||
So, I take that it is no longer "what do i write here" (it couldn't be because I did the block / ban myself that time), but now you have in fact discovered what you would like to write there, just not much else beyond this. Honestly, it only creates work for me - you're not even trying anymore, if indeed you are the repeater I believe you to be.
|2 days 12 hours ago||Embed For The Board...|
|2 days 14 hours ago||Starting Out Anyway...||
I have to spend at least the first half of my Friday crowded into a room with a cross-functional group of folks trying to solve a problem that I am not sure IT has the budget to solve at the moment. It's one of those things where if money were no object, we could have this hammered out - at least the theory - in about 15 minutes. Anyway, fortunately that last until 2 PM at the latest, at which time I find a workstation where I will be, tune into the Tigers game, answer some e-mails and probably go after that.
No real plans for the weekend. That's rare for me and I like it that way personally.
|2 days 21 hours ago||Yikes...||
At least this man worked for the side of good and good dentistry...
|2 days 23 hours ago||Notting Hill...||
If you're staying in Notting Hill (which is in Kensington And Chelsea), I think a typical room - pretty basic, that is - is probably a $250 / night proposition on average, or at least it was the last time I was there. Plenty of nice hotels in that area though and as other have alluded to, you'd have no trouble getting almost anywhere. Wembley is in Brent, I think, which isn't terribly far from Kensington (just north of there) so the haul to the stadium shouldn't be too bad.
|3 days 47 min ago||Pretty Sure...||
I am beginning to believe that the interviews to be an official in most sports tend to look like this -
|3 days 2 hours ago||Interesting Development...||
All I can say is that I would attempt to model for $47 million in a year too, but aside from maybe my wife reassuring me that I do not look all the comical, there is no way at all it would ever happen. You're definitely doing something right when you can make that sort of money in an extremely competitive environment.
|3 days 5 hours ago||Nice...||
While I have these persistent reservations about how good this movie might be as a movie (and I could be completely wrong, of course), it looks visually superb just based on the preview. I would definitely go see it despite not being a huge Star Wars fan. That light saber was awesome - I will say that.
|3 days 6 hours ago||Apparently...||
A quick search - not comprehensive - for "Jim Beilein" in the search for the foundation of a snarky remark found only references to John Beilein, so if there ever was a Jim Beilein, he isn't of much note or there are some articles out there written by people quite new to the world of collegiate basketball (there was an obscure article calling him "Jim" and "John" - I only saw the summary though).
As for Max, I had thought there was an article saying he was leaning towards his hometown university of Bradley, but I admit that it would be nice to have him back as a walk-on, in my opinion.
|3 days 11 hours ago||My Two Cents...||
I think a coach that is engaged as Harbaugh is and makes results and progress as transparent as he does is someone who typically builds and sustains success wherever he goes, and indeed he has. What the transparency is doing is driving the accountability - for one's own results as well as well as the team's - and giving players a very real sense of how what they do affects team results. You have to be intense to enacy something like this, and I would say you can only be successful generally.