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|4 hours 33 min ago||Dodgeball||
I went to elementary school in the late 70s and even then -- the pre-seatbelt, pre-bike helmet era -- headshots were illegal in dodgeball.
Although it just got you eliminated from that round, not sent to the school psychologist (which we didn't have.)
|24 weeks 6 days ago||Toys r Us||
Wonder if anyone on the Board of Directors for Toys r Us will read this?
|1 year 7 weeks ago||You beat me to it.||
You beat me to it, my kraut-mick friend.
|1 year 7 weeks ago||Moss is, in fact, Jewish||
Moss is often obnoxious, but I'm not sure you're aware he is, in in fact, Jewish. Which would make it pretty hard from him to be an anti-Semite.
Any jibes he makes come from a member of the tribe.
|1 year 19 weeks ago||Jane Coaston's column||
I thought Jane Coaston's column was moving and powerful.
|1 year 29 weeks ago||Brandon job security||
Makes me wonder if DB should be a little concerned.
|2 years 23 weeks ago||Yes!||
|2 years 27 weeks ago||Pagers||
Well, you can still bring pagers(!) in, so there's that.
|2 years 36 weeks ago||How about Omaha 8?||
I'll play you some Omaha 8, the high-low version.
|2 years 45 weeks ago||I'll take Rivers in Egypt||
I'll take Rivers in Egypt for $500, Alex.
|2 years 46 weeks ago||I'm the most june man in all the Russias|
|3 years 2 weeks ago||Pretty much||
As I recall, the prosecutor came out and said there was no evidence Ray was involved in the murder and dropped the murder charges based on that.
BUT, he did lie to police investigating a murder, which is obstruction of justice, and they certainly had the evidence to make that stick. Lewis then agreed to the plea -- he admitted he lied to the police and told the court what he knew about that night. I think his lawyer made a big mistake downplaying the significance of what Lewis did. If I recall properly, he said it was something akin to a speeding ticket, or something similarly minor.
That was dumb. Obstructing justice, espeically in a murder case, is a pretty serious crime. Having said that, I think Lewis should be in the Hall of Fame. The prosecutors and the judge were fine with the plea and you can't deny his greatness on the field.
|3 years 19 weeks ago||Snyder and Sharp||
Is that Snyder and Sharp to Hoke's immediate right?
A-list seats, or Seats of Shame, like having to sit in the first row right by the teacher?
|3 years 38 weeks ago||As to whom you may check . . .||
You may check the puck carrier, or the player who just had the puck ("finishing your check.") If two players are skating for the puck and both make body (not stick or hand) contact while neither has an advantage, that's considered a fair collision. If a player has a clear advantage to a loose puck and is impeded by the opposing player, that's interference.
|3 years 41 weeks ago||Well . . . bye||
EDIT: Sorry for lack of embed! Messed it up.
|4 years 2 weeks ago||Hmm||
The Victors is clear No. 1.
After that I always liked (just as songs, mind you!) Notre Dame's and "On Wisconsin." Pretty catchy.
My high school fight song was an original composition and was upbeat and catchy. Better than most college songs I hear.
|4 years 2 weeks ago||Dantonio from an eyewitness||
I spoke to a H.S. varsity FB coach who was there. I asked him what happened and if the media was making a bigger deal out of it than it was.
Not even close, he said. Dantonio "is an asshole," said this coach. He said Dantonio came in unprepared, seemingly unaware of what the purpose of the panel was. Either that or he mailed it in. Meanwhile, Hecklinski was very prepared, actually talked about recruiting and had a Powerpoint presentation. Dantonio was sitting there fuming and finally couldn't take it anymore, got up and bullied an assistant. An assistant coach, even from a rival program, isn't going to take on a head coach. You might need a job from him someday.
That's the amusing (for us) part. The slightly bad news is that he doesn't think this will really affect MSU recruiting in a negative way. Most coaches already know Dantonio is a tad abrasive. So it's not new to them.
This is from a H.S. coach who rarely sends players to Big Ten universities, so he has no real ties to either U-M or MSU.
|4 years 12 weeks ago||The Illini Highlight clip||
The game highlight clip from the Illini POV is positively North Korean. No mention of the score whatsoever at any point.
Whomever put that together should work here: http://www.kcna.co.jp/index-e.htm
|4 years 13 weeks ago||Couple of things:||
You're leaving out some important context:
First, your argument boils down to "Paterno followed the chain of command. He trusted the AD and VP to do their jobs. How was he to know they weren't doing their job?"
It doesn't matter the level of detail that McQueary went into. Paterno, by his own testimony, admitted it was an illegal sexual act against a minor.
A long time went by and Sandusky keeps showing up on campus with minors. Meanwhile, this disturbing sexual act witnessed by a third party is unresolved. It becomes clear that the AD and VP are not doing their jobs.
The violation of a minor happened in a facility where Paterno was in charge. That's his program, his facility. He's the head coach. He had reasonable suspicion that a sexual crime against a minor occurred and resonable suspicion that the AD and VP were not following up.
I'm sorry, chain of command is not an excuse. There was a sexual predator in his facility, using his facility for illegal sex acts against minors. Paterno had information and belief that this was the case. Months and years went by with no action.
Had he asked the AD and VP and been brushed off, he should have contacted the police himself. Chain of command be dammed. If his so-called superiors asked him to not say anything, he should have ignored them. He was in a much more secure position than they. If my boss asked me to be quiet about something of that nature, I wouldn't care what happened with my freaking job. I'd be too worried I was letting a sexual predator run amok.
If he was too senile to understand the gravity of what he was told, then he doesn't deserve to be there one more day.
And I don't even know what you mean by "they may have had a witness, but no victim." It's not PSU's job to find the victim before reporting it to police. A witness saw a crime occur. That's enough. If the police had been contacted in a timely manner, the witness would have been found. That's what police do.
|4 years 13 weeks ago||I respectfully disagree||
We have enough facts to know he failed a moral and ethical test.
According to his own testimony, somebody he knew and trusted (McQueary)* was an eyewitness to a violent crime involving a child. He had past knowledge of an allegation of sexual abuse in 1998 where no charges were filed. Then, in 2002, an independent eyewitness who was not the victim (something the police didn't have in 1998) tells him of an even more serious incident that happened in his facility.
It doesn't matter if McQueary told him the details or not. He had an eyewitness describe an illegal sexual act against a minor. So he notifies the AD but no charges come about. Sandusky continues to bring minors to the athletic campus.
These facts are not in dispute. Paterno had a moral obligation to follow up and make sure such things didn't happen again. He did not. That is a fireable offense, in my opinion.
What we don't know is why he never followed up. But when kids are being violated, the "why" doesn't really matter, does it?
So, to your statement: "Should Paterno have called police? Maybe. Maybe not." Based on what he testified he knew -- yes. He should have. No question in my mind.
*(I take as fact that Paterno trusted McQueary because he was promoted after this incident. If Paterno thought he was lying, no way would he have kept him around. That's serious slander.)
|4 years 14 weeks ago||IF true||
IF true, I wonder if BR was expecting Mario to get suspended an entire game. I can see MHSAA seeing it for what it is, knowing they have to do something since it was brought to their attention, and kind of sticking it to BR by suspending him for just a half. (There, we punished him. Happy?)
Now Herrington gets to use this as a motivational tactic for his entire team (I doubt he'll pass on the opportunity, whether BR was behind this or not) and Mario gets unleashed on some poor sap in the 2nd half.
If that scenario is true, not well played by BR, in my opinion. Pure speculation, I know. But the timing does lend itself to such thoughts.
My view of Brother Rice sportsdom is quite low anyway, as their fans were complete jackasses at the state hockey championship game earlier this year, where *ahem* my alma mater beat them to take the state title.
|4 years 14 weeks ago||Word||
The Michigan fans sitting behind me and in front of me (it's always different people) this week were, not to put too fine a point on it, idiots.
You get that in EVERY fan base, ours included. What sets the Michigan FB fans apart are the high-level outliers. This blog -- high quality and high numbers -- kind of shows that. At least, that's what I keep telling myself.
But, man, when the cement heads are sitting next to you and you have no escape, it does grind the nerves.
|4 years 14 weeks ago||You avatar||
Your avatar has prevented me from reading any of your posts from beginning to end, good as they may be.
Having said that, don't you dare change it.
|4 years 15 weeks ago||Pad level!||
|4 years 16 weeks ago||Bonus points||
for using "inconceivable" in the headline. But in this case, I think that word means what he thinks it means..
|4 years 19 weeks ago||Band Directors/conductors||
You don't really need them except for the beginning and the end. You need a guy to go "OK, everybody . . . start!" and then "OK . . big finish. . . NOW!" And that's about it. The middle is just for show.
Great post, Blue.
|4 years 19 weeks ago||Condolences to the family||
Both the MichiganMB family and especially the young man's family. I have two (younger) children and I can't imagine how painful it would be to lose one. Kids are not supposed to die before their parents.
|4 years 24 weeks ago||Wow, that speed!||
Those guys really ran fast back then. I don't see what all the fuss is about Denard.
|4 years 26 weeks ago||I don't know about you guys . . .||
But I could listen to Greg Mattison all day.
I know, a little "eeeeeee." Still.
|4 years 27 weeks ago||EMU game this year||
. . . and I had to think about whether I would go to the wedding or the game. It's my wife's side, but she's an alum and understands Michgan football. Since I like kid getting married and it's EMU, I figured what the heck. It also gives my season ticket partner a chance to take his wife to a game.
And, for the record, my wife and I got married in May. I know a wedding planner and she tells me that October is the most popular month for weddings in Michigan. That's criminal. What the HELL is wrong with May, June and July? I know July this year was unbearably hot, but it's not usually that bad.