this week in unintentionally grim-sounding recruiting headlines
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|24 min 50 sec 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.
|1 hour 20 sec 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.
|4 hours 37 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).
|14 hours 4 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.
|17 hours 44 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.
|17 hours 53 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.
|18 hours 55 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.
|21 hours 55 min 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?"
|22 hours 8 min 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.
|23 hours 47 min 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 1 hour 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 5 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 16 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 18 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 18 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 18 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 18 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 19 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 5 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 14 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 17 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 18 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.
|2 days 21 hours 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.
|3 days 13 min ago||I Like This...||
It was talked about roundly last year, but I really do want to see what Peppers can do on offense as well. If he is getting evaluated and getting time on both sides of the ball, to me that speaks to the sort of player that they think he can be, a difference-maker no matter where he is. As someone said, even if he is lined up as a WR and you don't throw to him, a DC will likely assume you're thinking about it and use someone on him.
|3 days 59 min ago||The Meltdown Thing...||
I started getting tweets about this and came in here ready and loaded for MGoBear and found out I have to get on the app to see it. As I can't really mod the app (the functionality isn't built in for me to do it), you get to experience uninterrupted committable (as in, psychiatric) rage while those on PCs wonder what the hell everyone is talking about.
|3 days 3 hours ago||From The Article...||
Sometimes, it just goes faster, as late last month when Oklahoma President David Boren called the Big 12 “psychologically disadvantaged’’ for having the smallest number of members (10) among Power Five conferences. He said the league should “strive’’ to get back to 12.
That's from the article that appeared in Omaha's paper. I found that use of "psychologically disadvantaged" rather interesting because it sounds like something that could be taken as a shot at the conference's long-term viability in the current absence of clear targets. Indeed, there are already some rumblings in the Big 12 media that the conference is by far the most unstable of the Power Five, which I could totally believe - more schools have compelling reasons to leave (if the opportunity presented itself) than to stay, it seems.
|3 days 18 hours ago||Yikes...||
Despite the amazingly professional demeanor, which I am not sure I would be able to keep, this reporter probably went from "Wow, you know? Do tell" to "Wow, I am sorry I spoke..." in just a few seconds on the inside. I wonder how that played out once he got back to the studio and realized that would probably run a couple times throughout the morning. Twenty years from now, I have this feeling he will still be haunted by memories of covering an arson fueled by revenge over a refusal to engage in an incestuous relationship.
|4 days 3 hours ago||One Other Date...||
Unless declared earlier by management, which has occurred in the past, the official close of OT Season should happen sometime within the week of the 24th of August as well (that weekend at the latest - traditionally, it ends about a week before the first game), so for those who are longing for that, your wait will not be terribly long.
That's blog-related, of course, but I thought I would mention it in case anyone was wondering.
|4 days 4 hours ago||Then Again...||
The relative lack of people today, of course, means we can get that second, smaller smoker in there, so having the BBQ this weekend isn't all bad really. It's just that facilities (also, security) might go apeshit when there is smoke rising from the stadium on a day when there isn't supposed to be smoke rising from the stadium.
|4 days 15 hours ago||Summer Memories...||
I managed a nice memory just this last 4th of July actually - myself, the wife and the kids just sitting on a dock at a camp in Harrison, MI...watching the folks with cottages along Long Lake put on an absolutely fantastic fireworks display that lasted well past midnight. This was much to the dismay of the Clare County Sheriff, as you could hear them trying to quell celebrations on the far side of the lake from us. We were drinking too, just quietly.