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|4 weeks 10 hours ago||Seconded - The Earle||
V good happy hour bar specials . . . .
Also was a big fan of Del Rio bar. RIP.
(in Ann Arbor in mid- to late-90s)
|25 weeks 6 days ago||Graduated in 1999 . . .||
In Person: Woodson, McNabb
On TV: Vince Young
|27 weeks 6 days ago||Late to party but . . .||
Was flying out of DTW yesterday. Lots of people lined up for missed flights. Tried to get on an early flight to NYC (there were open seats and I had only carry on), but they would only put me on the flight if I paid $50 extra dollars per passenger(!). I tried to explain that with all the chaos, it probably makes more sense to put me (and my family) on to clear room for later flights. And to charge us $50 per person when there are plenty of open seats, and when Delta was gettting national press about a major screw-up, seemed not to be a great idea. The gate agent was having none of it. Sure enough - a later flight to NYC was cancelled and my flght was delayed 7 hours. Lots of angry people. Dumb gate agent.
|38 weeks 4 days ago||Harold Reynolds||
I can't speak to his color commentary, but I think that he is really good on MLB's Baseball Tonight show.
|38 weeks 4 days ago||Joe Buck||
Joe Buck - he just grates on me. Too smarmy.
Chris Berman - I literally cannot take listening to him any longer.
Forgot another - Doug Flutie is pretty terrible (I don't even know if he is still in the business . . .)
|42 weeks 6 days ago||me too||
|43 weeks 6 days ago||Money Cannon Fired!||
You're up. Go Blue.
|51 weeks 5 days ago||Dad Jeans||
Dad Jeans - adventures in dadding. One of the hosts is a Michigan Alum.
|1 year 2 weeks ago||Going to breakfast with my dad on State Street||
before a football game when I was a kid (not sure of year - around 1985 or so).
Also - the Brenden Morrison OT goal in 1996 to win championship.
Beating OSU in 1996 in C'bus.
Rumeal Robinson sinking free throws in 1989 to win championship.
Getting autographs from players on the field after spring games (in 1980s) as a kid.
|1 year 4 weeks ago||Beefeaters||
Solid. Great for martinis.
|1 year 4 weeks ago||underwood pinot noir||
|1 year 4 weeks ago||Just Go With It||
Seriously underrated film.
|1 year 21 weeks ago||Forgot to add . . .||
As a student who busted his butt doing odd jobs during the summer and school year to pay for extracurricular stuff (including football season tix), Brandon's comment that "mommy and daddy" pay for student football tickets as justification for jacking up prices was really, really infuriating.
And it seems like the guy who touted himself as the rags to riches son of a local egg farmer should have known better than to say something like that.
Man, that made me angry!
|1 year 21 weeks ago||Non-Revenue Sport Coaches||
Seemed like Brandon's seeming fixation on the Sears Trophy was a big problem. Do we, as a university and fan base, really care if the tennis team, or volleyball teams don't do well for a few years? Does that merit firing the coaches or chasing them away? Particularly when many of the coaches had proven track records of winning. As far as I'm concern, I expect excellence, or close to it, for Football, Men's Basketball, and Hockey. For the rest of the sports, I just hope that we're relatively competitive in the league. If a team is an absolute doormat for years and it impacts recruiting, then, fine, maybe make a coaching change. But running what appear to have been (according to Bacon) fully capable and successful coaches out after a couple of lagging seasons seemed to be incredibly unfair and short-sighted. It left the reader (ok, me) with the impression that the culture of "fear" was rampant in the athletic department.
|1 year 23 weeks ago||Brooklyn Heights||
Watching shit go down out of my apartment window.
Messed up day. I initially believed there were foreign fighter jets attacking.
|1 year 24 weeks ago||How starving am I for the start of the season?||
I just watched the punting highlight reel. The whole thing.
|1 year 25 weeks ago||Never posted this, but here's 2 emails that I got from Brandon||
re skywriting. I've redacted out my emails (I was polite, but expressed concern and embarassment as an alumnus), but here's how he explained the skywriting to me. Enjoy . . .
Email 2 of 2
I looked into this matter....the incremental cost per message from our "skywriter" this past weekend was just under $100 per message. We paid them under $5,000 for over 50 messages around the state.
So....welcome to my world. I am not sure where you learned about "thousands of dollars"....but it wasn't a material amount of money. Hopefully, this under $100 decision that was made in our marketing and events department won't negatively impact your view of our university.
Email 1 of 2
I am sorry you are upset over a skywriting message over East Lansing....
I don't sign off on skywriters...but I will pass your concerns on to those who do.
The idea that it cost "thousands of dollars" to skywrite "Go Blue" over East Lansing sounds incorrect to me....but I will certainly look into it.
For your information, we don't use "university funds" for anything we do. We are required to generate all of our own funds to support Michigan Athletics. Consequently, our marketing budgets for game day events are very small and we try to get creative in order to excite our fans.
I know we had a skywriter performing all over Southeastern Michigan this past Saturday prior to our game....however, where they scrolled "Go Blue" was not something I know much about.
FYI....we do have a large number of Michigan Alumni and fans in Lansing....as well as other communities around Lansing and Ann Arbor. So, if someone did suggest that they scroll a message there while doing all of their other messages around the area - I am sure there were people who were pleased with the message and had some fun with it.
Again, I am sorry this has created a big concern for you....if we ever hire a skywriter again we will consider your views carefully.
Good wishes and Go Blue!
|1 year 31 weeks ago||90's student, so . . .||
Football: Woodson (head and sholders best player I've ever seen play at UM)
Bball: Jalen (so much swagger)
Hockey: John Madden (so much hustle, so many short handed goals)
|1 year 36 weeks ago||A crummy commercial!||
/A Christmas Story Police
|1 year 40 weeks ago||I'm in the vast minority here . . .||
But I was never a fan of Norfleet's actions between the whistles. It came across to me (watching on tv . . .) as woofing and showboating.
He was an exciting player though. Hope he lands on his feet.
|1 year 42 weeks ago||Ale-8-One||
Tried it recently on a business trip to Kentucky. That stuff is intense.
|1 year 42 weeks ago||Diet Vernors||
Diet Vernors (can find it now on Long Island . . . .)
|1 year 47 weeks ago||Look at this guy over here . . . .||
He's like, "Whaddya want from me?"
|2 years 7 weeks ago||Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale||
In a plastic cup commuting home on Long Island Rail Road. HARBAUGH.
|2 years 11 weeks ago||Get well soon||
Thoughts and prayers coming your way.
|2 years 16 weeks ago||Just Go With It||
Just Go With It.
Tenacious D and the Pick Of Destiny
The Heartbreak Kid
|2 years 24 weeks ago||Rutgers||
I'd guess Rutgers is one.
I'll go out on a limb and guess Temple.
|2 years 24 weeks ago||Congrats||
I also have a daughter (now 4). Speaking as a fan/dad, I've learned that it is fine to not watch games live, as I'd rather spend time with my daughter than watch the game (although I watch every second on replay). That said, I now love night games because I can watch games live.
My daughter shuns M gear because, in her opinion, anything with words/logos on it is for "boys". She was singing The Victors at an early age. Let me tell you, having your kid sing the Victors is AWESOME.
Anyhow, as for advice - don't worry too much. After the first week or so, you'll get the hang of it.
|2 years 27 weeks ago||Thanks.||
If the athletic dept. had included the Chicago ticket as a charge in the season ticket package, I would see it as a much, MUCH bigger problem. I do sympathize with folks who were banking on seeing 2 home games at Yost against the Spartans. Sucks.
|2 years 27 weeks ago||Confused - honest question||
Is the game in Chicago part of the season ticket package?