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|1 hour 34 min ago||Listening Lately...||
It's probably not quite hype video worthy, but I have been rediscovering my rather impressive collection of Tangerine Dream albums lately, as well as Yellow Magic Orchestra. Definitely dated stuff by today's techno / progressive rock standards, but these two groups were innovators back in the day. I actually had Tangerine Dream's 1981 album "Exit" playing a little bit ago...
|14 hours 30 min ago||Very Refreshing In A Way...||
I will say that it is nice to have a good array or Wolverines to watch in the summer league thanks to the staff that has assembled under Beilein. Do I worry about their summer league stats? Not particularly as this is a system which is beginning to churn out a nice volume of NBA talent on a regular basis. That being said, thanks to the OP for the stats - it does give everyon reassurance that not only is Beilein sending people to the NBA but sending contributors to the pros.
|14 hours 39 min ago||Very Strange...||
I will say that I am not terribly perturbed by this development, but I will credit the comments attached to the MLive article for representing the weird elements of the fanbase certainly. There are strange people commenting on that article that seem to earnestly expect that there should be zero attrition in a class that is essentially theoretical. Very strange people indeed.
|20 hours 12 min ago||Actually...||
I actually meant to pull something someone said in response to you which was sort of borderline conspiracy and accidentally pulled that whole chain by mistake. Hit the right radio button at the wrong level of the conversation. If I could undo that, I would do so as I didn't think your comment was the problem per se. Sorry about that :-(
|21 hours 5 min ago||Very Cool...||
Very cool photos - thanks for sharing these! Glad you had a good trip as well.
Minor, possibly interesting fact I found out on a guided tour once - the Livingstone Channel is at least partially manmade. It was widened and deepened via a couple rounds of dredging about 100 years ago - that part of the river was extremely shallow and almost unusable for a boat of any respectable tonnage back then. Those ships had to take the lengthier voyage around the east side of Bois Blanc before then.
The smaller channel on the west side of Grosse Ile - Trenton Channel - looks the way it does mainly because of the turning basin for the power plant there. We dug much of the north end of it during plant construction in the 1930s.
|22 hours 6 min ago||This As Well...||
The second half of that sentence made me wince too:
"...and uncommitted four-star receiver Christian Kirk of Saguaro High School in Scottsdale, Arizona, said that fans of multiple schools have called him at all hours of the day and promised him money and girls if he would commit to that school."
Not only is this an awful and unethical thing for a fan to do, never mind that it is against the rules for a second, but in this case, you have to think that a fair number of the people making such "promises" have neither of these things. I imagine people my age or older trying to entice people half their age or less to come to their school through these means and it makes me shudder in disgust.
|23 hours 48 sec ago||Interesting Development...||
“It’s a lot of fun. This is something you only do once, so I’m going to enjoy (the recruiting process) while it lasts,” Matthew McQuaid said in a phone interview a few days ago. And, yes, Wolverine fans, McQuaid is open to playing at Michigan, which has an offensive system that fits his style of play.
I've heard recruits say this before, and I do agree - they should give themselves the opportunity to enjoy the process and learn everything they can about the various schools that are recruiting them, so it is definitely a respectable stance.
Based on what has been written, of course, I would agree with Erik In Dayton - "do want" is a good label here. Per CBS, he wowed folks at the LeBron James Skills Academy with tremendous outside shooting, including a game or two where Jeff Borzello of CBS claims that McQauid did not miss a three.
As for SMU, I think that leaves them with one guy for 2015, but they'll also have a transfer that is eligible that season, I believe, so technically two new faces for that season.
|23 hours 37 min ago||I'll Answer...||
I see that I have been beaten to the punch on deleting the post, but to answer your question, it is specifically a mod function to delete posts, but you can edit them provided no one has yet responded to your post. Once someone responds, the content is locked in.
As a mod, I can edit and delete my own stuff at will, but that's what that particular level of access affords. If everyone could do it, the continuity in threads would be haphazard at best and in more contentious threads, well....they would likely be impossible to follow. In essence, it would be an unmoderated setting if everyone had the ability to alter the content - if you can delete your own stuff, you get that access for all. That's how the Drupal module for this works, I think (I could be wrong about that).
Anyway, with mod control over that, some of the context in such situations can be preserved. Actually, a bit like this situation.
|1 day 1 hour ago||Regarding That...||
I am going to go out on a limb and say that "Glen Rice" regardless of generation might be one of those names that gets a free pass around here, even if Glen Rice Jr. himself went to Georgia Tech.
I believe he spent most of his time in the D-League last year at Rio Grande and as I recall, he put up some decent numbers, so it is nice to see him get off to a good start this year. Hopefully, it leads to some more substantial time with the Wizards.
|1 day 15 hours ago||Thanks For The Link...||
Thanks for providing the link - it seems that lately, sometimes simply pasting the link doesn't quite work as was the case here. Another thing for the programming to-do list, I suppose.
I was sort of disappointed that there wasn't photo of Nik in their gallery shots of the Las Vegas Summer League, although they were at least kind enough to mention that he wore Hyperdunks. I have seen them on the Foot Locker site - the generally available version is pretty cool actually.
Glad to see Nik getting some deals like this done already. He is definitely poised to build a great future.
|1 day 16 hours ago||If Only...||
"It's not like I would be getting it at home plate," Milovich said. "I'll likely do it from our radio booth and the fans will see me from the shoulder up."
Oh, if only Bob Uecker were available for a little color commentary on this particular occasion, it might even go viral despite being an uncomfortable watch.
|2 days 53 min ago||Looking Good...||
The concepts look great and I really think that this could do at least some small wonders for a part of the near-downtown area north of I-75 that could use a little sprucing up. That area between Cass and Woodward north of the freeway is pretty underutilized. I also like that they are going to take on Cass Park and make it the anchor for the area. I wonder if this will bring a little more business to the Masonic too.
All in all, this is great news for the area. Not sure how many people it would actually attract to live in the city, but it certainly doesn't hurt their prospects for at least slowing a decades-long trend.
|2 days 4 hours ago||Very Nice....||
Well, congratulations to your brother on this new chapter in his life and, if you react like I might to having everything on that list, we shall look forward to your return towards the middle of the week, right? Sounds like an awesome time though.
As for myself, I am awfully late to this party but we had the kids' joint birthday party yesterday and, although beer and wine were not on the menu initially, we did make a beer run later and came back with some Sam Adams Latitude 48 IPA, Blue Moon, Angry Orchard, Guinness and a couple others because monitoring kids in a bouncy house and hoping that their running all over the place doesn't result in the trampling of vegetable beds does this to you.
|2 days 12 hours ago||Who To Take...||
Well, if we were going to answer the question posed by the OP from the perspective of historical stats for both players, then in both - in an average year, that is - you're more or less getting the same closer. Granted, Valverde seems to have had a more protracted down period via the old eye test, but not really by most metrics - at least discounting his brief stints with the Tigers last year and the Mets this year. So, I suppose the answer that I have is this- by th numbers, it doesn't seem like it would matter much. That being said, you're talking about two guys who have established reputations as serviceable closers, but right now one isn't playing at the other is in a rather ill-timed funk. Still, I suppose you go with the person who is fresh and indeed, try to get someone like Soria to help out there.
|2 days 17 hours ago||Something Like This...||
At least in my opinion, one of the reasons that the philosophy of Beilein works so well is that one of its primary tenets is to maximize the strengths of the players that Michigan does bring in. I think part of that is taking largely unheralded players that fit the scheme and getting the most out of them, but also having players take on a fluid role and actually gain skills on their trek to the pros (if that is where they re bound).
|2 days 17 hours ago||The Other Thing...||
Bleacher Report also has a terrible habit (which not ll of their writers share, but it seems pervasive) of not giving proper credit to their sources when they do pull stuff from other sites. I believe they've taken information from MGoBlog once or twice and not properly credited the work, but it has been shown that they've stolen material from other sites. That's merely one of the reasons they are "site non grata" around here (with a rare exception - it has been allowed a few times under unusual circumstances).
|2 days 19 hours ago||Interesting Move...||
"Bolden's presence immediately bolsters Eastern Michigan's depth at the position, and gives the coaching staff a second player at the position with some experience."
Yeah, from the games involving Bolden that I've watched, I am going to go ahead and say this is most definitely true. It is sort of interesting that he came home to find this sort of opportunity too. Certainly not a bad find for Eastern Michigan at all.
|3 days 5 hours ago||Should Not Be A Problem...||
Michigan gear in Akron in July? Like someone mentioned, you're probably just as likely to hear a "Go Blue" than anything else, and if this board is an indication, Michigan representation in NE Ohio is fairly significant (a fair number of our current and former players are from this part of Ohio anyway). I don't think the parade currently being held for LeBron James stops until it is time to discuss his contract again, so if standing out is a concern, the best bet for anonymity would probably be one of those "Forgiven" shirts.
|3 days 5 hours ago||I Shall Assume....||
I shall assume that this was meant as a comment in the drinking thread, as that might have been the most logical place for it on the board. What bothers me is that we were never told where the OP went on vacation, so it isn't as if we could have had a nice thread going on places to stop along the way or places to visit once they arrived.
|3 days 14 hours ago||Cheese With My Wine...||
I am in fact enjoying some cheese with my wine. More specifically, some Roquefort with a good cabernet. Much of this is in preparation for the kids' joint birthday bash tomorrow, which will be a nice stressful occasion despite all the smiles. My offer still stands, of course - we will have a bouncy house and I need to justify what I still owe for the rental, so if you're looking to have some midday fun, feel free to crash it.
|3 days 17 hours ago||I Agree With This...||
I also found his approach to the situation rather reassuring, and I especially liked how he seemed to want the input and to gauge the feelings of many people on the issue before really deciding anything. One thing that I thought was very notable is that he asserted his authority among the other statements, which I found rather significant even if it seemed to be done in passing. My hope is that this means there will be some good discussion on establishing the balance that he seeks.
|3 days 17 hours ago||Thanks For The Heads Up...||
I deleted the comment and put this person in Bolivia pending further action, which given their history will likely come soon. It is actually the second incarnation of this user and they apparently have not learned how to be a contributing member of the blog, or rather one who actually wish to have constructive discussion. All the same, you're right - the comment was distasteful and implying something not good, and the user being reprimanded obviously has some growing up to do.
|3 days 20 hours ago||Not Only This...||
Not only this, but considering that Caris is coming off of foot surgery that took place in the middle of May, as I recall, he seems like he has still managed to grow noticeably, so I would assume that the healing process has gone quite well for him. It's just nice to see players putting in this extra time so they can be that much more effective in the coming season - and these three were pretty damn effective as it was.
|3 days 22 hours ago||Great Article...||
Great article. Thanks for sharing that!
I've found that John Beilein probably embodies the very basic philosophy that was put forth back in the wild west days of Continuous Improvement - "everyday, a little up". He has made measured improvements over time to turn Michigan from a program that was stagnating at a level below its own expectations and turned it into an increasingly self-perpetuating power. I don't know that there are many coaches nowadays that can claim that they fundamentally changed a program like Beilein.
|4 days 3 hours ago||The End Of The Week...||
Well, this morning I find myself in downtown Detroit at our headquarters waiting for a meeting which should take me to lunch, and then as I took a half-day anyway, I will be heading straight home - save for some errands - after the meeting. It's a busy weekend at the house with the kids' birthday party being tomorrow - we have the parties together since their actual birthdays are five weeks apart (well, that strategy works for now).
Sunday is going to be the midsummer planting of a few more crops. For some reason, my soil favors beans, but then when I drive a few miles to the south of me and find bean fields which are doing quite well this year, I suppose that makes sense.
This coming weekend, despite the stress of a party, is needed - it has been one of those weeks that wears on me. Speaking of stress, hopefully the bouncy house we rented for this party helps with that.
|4 days 13 hours ago||Late Night Here...||
Going with Angry Orchard Crisp Apple here - nothing terribly fancy, but I really do like this particular cider. I am enjoying a late night watching / reliving the 1997 Michigan / OSU game on the Big Ten too. My sophomore year was very, very kind to me from a football standpoint. I even remained sober for much of it unless it was after the game, then I can honestly say that aftergame memories are sketchy.
|4 days 15 hours ago||Generally Speaking...||
Multiple diaries just on this blog (and probably others) have shown that the correlation (down to R-squared values) between average or composite ranking and many statistics that might indicate success tends to be highly variable at best depending on the specific metric. That being said, however, if you try to link it to a broader view and not necessarily specific on-field statistics (although there are some that correspond well to average star rankings), the rankings do tend to accurately estimate overall success and when used as an input to team success, I know we've shown here that sustained higher average rankings in classes do correspond to sustained team success generally, although there are confounding factors like overall profile, size of class and whatnot.
|4 days 18 hours ago||Regarding The Shirt...||
I actually have one like it myself, as the OP mentioned. I like it personally.
Welcome to Michiganm Zach Werenski!
|4 days 19 hours ago||More From MLive...||
MLive has some additional coverage here - (LINK)
One minor thing that I found intriguing was that the margin on the vote was 4-3 against for Miami, but 5-2 for Penn State. I have no idea why it was a closer vote for the Miami game really, but I found the difference interesting.
Laurence Deitch was perhaps the most vocal opponent, if the article is any indication. In his own words:
"I am a fan. I have religiously attended Michigan football games for 50 years. I can honestly tell you that I have not been wanting due to that lack of fireworks," Deitch said.
Deitch also objected to the rather small amount of liability insurance that the company that would have done the display happened to have - $5 million.
|4 days 21 hours ago||I Wondered About That...||
As a general note for the thread, the Telegraph is updating its coverage and what is known / confirmed here - LINK
According to reports coming from the area where this happened, local residents apparently reported two loud bangs before the crash. Further, there has already been an effort to divert flights around this area and, according to the Telegrph, there is some confusion on whether or not this was an unsecured area for aviation given the conflict on the ground.
Regarding what has been said above, I wondered about this - it seems like the typical "out-there" group in the world would not have this sort of sophistication to shoot down a commercial aircraft (having a trasponder signal which would identify it as such, of course) at cruising altitude. I could be wrong here, of course.