At press time, Harbaugh had sent Michigan’s athletic department an envelope containing a heavily annotated seating chart, a list of the 63,000 seat views he had found unsatisfactory, and a glowing 70-page report on section 25, row 12, seat 9, which he claimed is “exactly what the great sport of football is all about.”
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|11 hours 3 min ago||Great Episode...||
...of "WKRP In Cincinnati".
"And then Mr. Carlson had the helicopter land in middle of the parking lot. I guess he thought he could save the day by letting the rest of the turkeys loose. It gets pretty strange after that..."
|11 hours 41 min ago||Of Course...||
But the Big Ten’s new criteria is influenced most heavily by the impact of the College Football Playoff, and specifically in how the 13-member selection committee culls through relevant data and metrics to select its four participants.
Of course this is the main driver, but I still like the switch, especially the part about having at least one Power Five opponent in the OOC.
|11 hours 52 min ago||Oh Wow...||
That's sad indeed, especially considering I finally met him at Motor City Comic Con this year - his was one of the longest lines, and so many people in that line like me had grown up watching Piper and everyone else in that era of wrestling. He seemed like a cool dude too, even based on a few minutes of interaction. RIP Hot Rod.
|16 hours 18 min ago||About Those Tweets...||
"Tweeting about academic performance. I've been watching the camps, how he's teaching the kids. He's a fantastic, inspirational guy. I see that all levels of the operation – he's a very inspiring guy on deeper missions about life, on self-improvement."
The tweets about academics are one of the aspects of the transparency that I like about Harbaugh's style. You have to think that players see these, just like they will the charts of drill and practice performance, and set their goals accordingly. It sort of reminds me of Lear Corporation's old motto - "Advance Relentlessly" - which I always thought was a cool message.
|16 hours 59 min ago||As I Recall...||
As I recall, the initial ruling regarding this came out about a year ago, and yeah, it wasn't a week or so later before the NCAA appealed it. Of all the issues brought to the forefront in the last few years, this might be one of the more intriguing ones to watch.
I wonder if this has been affirmed or simply allowed to slide if you would have seen one of the first graphic splits between the Power Five and the rest of Division I. Indeed, would there have been any unity even in the Power Five conferences?
|17 hours 16 min ago||About This...||
“We have an agreement that when it comes to baby clothes, whatever is clean will be worn,” Mike said. “But once they’re old enough, they will have the right to decide on their own to be Buckeyes.”
I count myself lucky that I did not have this level of conflict when my wife and I had kids. Although she is a mild Northwestern fan, Michigan gear still dominated the kids' closets, mainly because her level of fanaticism doesn't even touch mine. I think this is why beginning next week she'll probably just roll her eyes whenever she sees MGoBlog up, which will be quite a bit.
|19 hours 41 min ago||The Weirdest Part...||
The weirdest part of that is that Waters has stated in a couple interviews that he, in fact, was the reformer or at least he was making some attempt to reform the culture of the band. Of course, we see how that turned out, but him saying that makes me think, "If he's the reformer, I'd hate to see what the band was like before he came along. Yikes."
|22 hours 12 min ago||Interesting Article...||
You know, the funny thing is that it is something that is becoming much more common because it really does seem to be about finding another source of merchandising income. I think that Kansas State has done this with Bill Snyder and Steve Sarkisian had a rather detailed agreement when he was at Washington, even down to the use of his voice - it would be interesting to see if USC does the same thing. Dabo Swinney - if you can believe this - even has some restrictions on the use of his name per a filing Clemson made. I am sure there plenty of other notable examples.
|1 day 1 hour ago||All I Can Say Is...||
All I can say is that the one linebacker that we appear to be fielding (is that you, Greg Robinson?) better get in there and attempt to knock that pass down as we're not playing tight on receivers at all on this play.
Other than that, a unique take on the rivalry, to say the least. Definitely one I wouldn't think I would see.
|1 day 1 hour ago||The Day Shift...||
We're about 80 posts in now and the day shift is only now making its appearance in the posbang thread. With any luck, there is still some bang left in everyone as some have apparently been at it for 6 hours or so already.
It's going to be a busy weekend with the kids' birthday party - which we hold jointly since their birthdays are a month apart (one in mid July, one in mid-August) - and having family in and out of the house as a result of that. We even sort of cleaned this time too.
|1 day 14 hours ago||It Will Be Interesting...||
The popular wisdom does not give Tim Tebow much of a shot at being there when the Eagles start the regular season, so this will be an interesting camp, to be sure. I guess the question I have is this - what would he do with the Eagles? I have to think that, if anything, it's a more specialized role, not necessarily a starter. Could be wrong.
|1 day 14 hours ago||Interesting Quote...||
"I'm excited to start training camp. That the time when the team's really forged, and we can be with our players and our staff and our coaches. All those feelings and emotions (are happening)."
I am really excited about this myself, mainly because he's right and this is when the team is forged so it will be interesting to see what Harbaugh's first team as the head coach here will look like.
|1 day 14 hours ago||Based On Not Much...||
I am hesitant with preseason predictions in the first place, but really hesitant this year for some reason - it's a total style change for this team and we'll probably see some interesting switches and changes depending on how well some evaluate at certain positions. If I had to guess just based on general feeling - based on very little data - 8-4 seems pretty sensible. This might be the first time in a while where I kind of want to see the first quarter of the season before people quote me.
|1 day 14 hours ago||40 Years Ago...||
It was last year that Mental Floss - of all things - celebrated the 40th anniversary of Ten Cent Beer Night, which of course was the ultimately ill-conceived promotion ran by the Indians at the old Municipal Stadium, which resulted in damage to the field and nine arrests. Maybe such things help cement reputations, but the two times I was there in my life were both milder versions of Ten Cent Beer Night in the sections I was in.
|1 day 14 hours ago||Very Nice...||
You know, the thing that really makes this for me is that it seems like the sort of thing that, if he had time, he might actually do if he thought about. Possibly not in quite this way, but it is that meticulous personality that we want to see from him in football that would lend itself well to the mammoth task of testing every single seat in the stadium.
|1 day 18 hours 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 day 18 hours 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.
|1 day 19 hours 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.
|1 day 19 hours 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.
|1 day 19 hours 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.
|1 day 19 hours ago||Sounds Official Now...||
|1 day 19 hours 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.
|1 day 20 hours 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 day 21 hours 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.
|2 days 1 hour 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).
|2 days 10 hours 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.
|2 days 14 hours 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.
|2 days 14 hours 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.
|2 days 15 hours 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.
|2 days 18 hours 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?"