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|1 day 13 hours ago||The person who told me to watch last night||
is a big fan of hers and was bemoaning having no one to share her fanship. So I watched and agreed that Michelle is terrific. (Being theater folk, we always go for the quirkier contestants, as long as they're talented as well as quirky.) I'm sure my friend, herself a Michigan woman (though we didn't meet there), has no idea that her favorite is too. She'll be thrilled.
|5 days 19 hours ago||Even Tigers fans can root for the Staten Island Yankees||
One of my best friends has given up going up to the Bronx (tix cost too much, 97-year-old dad can't really make it up there) has Staten Island season tix and celebrates his August birthday every year by renting a suite in Staten Island. A luxury box for 20, including free food, free cap, A/C inside and great seats outside, costs about the same as a good seat at Yankee stadium. Just saw him last night and he said chances are O'Neill will be planning at S.I. "because they usually take the college guys." For those of you in the area who don't care about seeing megabuck stars, it's a great evening out, especially with a family. Human-size stadium, clowns and on-field activities for the kids, and the outfield view is the New York harbor and downtown Manhattan. Easy to get to (short walk from the Staten Island Ferry, which is a great buy in itself, being free). And comparing the cost for taking a family to see the pros...
For descendants of disgruntled former Brooklyn Dodgers fans, the Brooklyn Cyclones brought baseball back to the borough, playing in another family-friendly stadium in Coney island. Patrick Biondi was drafted by the Mets, so maybe he'll be playing out there. (The Cyclones and Baby Bombers are in the same division, so it may be possible to see Biondi & O'Neill at the same time.)
|6 days 6 hours ago||Preseason is the best time to watch the rookies||
Cheap tix, can move down to the front. This is the first year in a while I'll be going to the Meadowlands, to watch Will Campbell and Denard. And Henne and Harris, of course, though no longer rookies.
|1 week 1 day ago||The important question||
is which does D'S Hand prefer? And is it available in Ann Arbor?
|1 week 6 days ago||Thanks for the report||
I'm embarrassed to say that the main thing I remember from last year was being surprised that both Beilein and Berenson had such a great sense of humor. Guess I'd only seen them in press conferences or interview videos, or shots of them coaching. I expected it from Hoke, having seen his hiring interview and the way he handled Drew Sharp. Fortunately there were no snarky questions to put a damper on the all-humor coaching team.
|1 week 6 days ago||Thanks, particularly since I missed the NYC event||
Did anyone go to the NYC event this year? Was curious about the attendance, since they almost (or more than) doubled the price since the last time and wondered if that priced out many who'd otherwise have gone. It was a full house last time, but the admission didn't include lunch; lunch could be ordered off the menu to suit one's budget and appetite.
|2 weeks 17 hours ago||He can't get any better prep for moving into coaching||
then being able to watch and learn from the M coaching staff. Have we had a basketball coaching tree like we've had in football? Looks like it can now begin.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Rutgers Med. School and UMDNJ have a long history||
UMDNJ has five different campuses, and became the overall name for several NJ medical programs that have gradually become associated/incorporated, including Rutgers. The complicated timeline on its website [LINK] first mentions Rutgers in 1962, but by 1986 the two names were official hyphenates, as they re-named themselves yet again:
I think the Cancer Institute must be part of the further restructuring happening this year, continuing the relationships between campuses to foster the kind of collaboration that this Big Ten program will promote.
Whatever the history, a good idea all around.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||I'm sure you're right||
And even in NYC, I believe that the NY Post and NY Daily News cover more regional sports, including high school, than the NY Times and probably would cover Rutgers regularly. In fact, the Times never (or rarely ever) carries high school sports, unless it's a special interest story.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||I edited out my disclaimer||
of this not being a scientifically supported observation. And of course you're right. Didn't mean to sound like I was disagreeing, but probably should have left in the disclaimer so you'd know I wasn't being completely serious.
But I may as well add to my non-scientifically-supported observations that the only media coverage I can remember seeing of Rutgers athletics on the local sports broacasts of the NYC network-affiliated stations is the story of the football player who was paralyzed a year or two ago and this current debacle. (Not that Michigan games are covered on local TV... Hence my becoming addicted to this here Blog. But the alumni football watches are so popular they need three separate official hang-outs.)
|2 weeks 2 days ago||From my personal experience||
walking the streets of NYC, I see far more people in Michigan gear than in Rutgers'. They've already got the NYC market. (Okay, once there was a guy in our elevator with an OSU T-shirt, but he claims no allegiance, only that it was the least expensive t-shirt available. And because he was just going down to the basement to do his laundry, so no public marketing opportunity was involved.)
|3 weeks 2 days ago||Thanks for the info||
They didn't have the full intro in the video, and all that you hear Letterman say is "the nationally ranked" Ball State team. Hence my doubting myself and saying "I think..." Was it the first time they were nationally ranked?
|3 weeks 3 days ago||And Ball State Alum David Letterman||
had this Hoke guy do the Top Ten after he turned Ball State around (I think it was after they won their first conference championship). Nos. 6 and 3 are worth noting.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||My first thought too||
when I saw the title, but unfortunately jumping to the conclusion that another of our young men lost his father too soon. So thanks to the OP for posting a story about someone who was a part of Michigan's legacy but whose name and story are unfamiliar to most of us.
Would be a wonderful postscript to find out that Ben is related, however distantly.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||Whew!||
I was about to take my dog for a walk after that last inning. Good thing I don't have a dog.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||Requisite Baby Bootee Posting||
Congrats in duplicate.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||I don't have anything to add either||
except that a while ago I turned off my e-mail connection telling people I had to go to bed, and leave me alone! And then I (accidentally, of course) saw a picture of Al Borges with Heiko's by-line. And now it's 1:29 a.m.
|4 weeks 4 days ago||Given how long they've played baseball at Michigan||
Excellent point. Thanks.
|4 weeks 4 days ago||19?||
Have they scored that many before? This season or ever? (Non-baseball historian here.)
|4 weeks 4 days ago||I certainly can't bring myself to root for the Yankees||
even though a couple of my best friends are serious fans, but since I didn't pay attention to pro football until I followed Michigan players to their pro teams, I admit to having my Giants (and even Jets) moments. Helps that the #1 Yankee fan's brother had great season tix for the Giants and let me use them to watch Tom Brady in the big [almost]-perfect season game that led to the Gints turning around and winning the Super Bowl.
|4 weeks 4 days ago||Was just teasing. Seriously.||
But didn't know if "/t" would mean anything.
I live in NYC, and except for the Tigers didn't pay attention to pro sports when I was a kid in Michigan. Just found myself reading both this thread and the hockey thread at the same time.
And had just read your post above when the boys had a big inning.
|4 weeks 4 days ago||Apparently they listened to you||
Since they're playing, they don't know you also root for the Hawks. Or they know, and decided to listen to you anyway.
|4 weeks 4 days ago||I am too||
But I'm supposedly working on something and didn't want to admit it. Assuming the regular posters were there in the stands. Great crowd. And it's a win.
|5 weeks 1 day ago||Actually, he was picked up right after the draft||
It was posted here on 4/27, then officially reported a couple days later.
Note that some of the players reported on the list haven't shown up yet on rosters or officially announced by the teams, so they were most likely not UFAs but invited to camp for try-outs. Demens, Kovacs, Mealer, Omameh, Roh and Roundtree are on the official team rosters, which doesn't mean they are guaranteed anything longterm, but they are officially on the team for now and treated as such, unlike try-out players, who aren't even paid (I believe they get room and board for minicamp).
Occasionally they get signed, including one James Rogers (yes, our James Rogers), who was invited into Chiefs camp for a try-out and was signed yesterday. Obviously he showed something in camp. (Quick! Someone tell Brian!)
|5 weeks 2 days ago||Boy, that was fast.||
You just can't keep a record these days.
|5 weeks 3 days ago||More encouraging chatter||
Will gets a positive mention In a NY Daily News article that isn't even about him, but about the two O-linemen who were drafted ahead of him (guys who actually played the position in college and before), who coincidentally played side-by-side in the 2009 U-19 Championship.
Campbell is working on the opposite side of the line, so he's not competing against them but clearly in the mix for depth and the future.
|5 weeks 4 days ago||Ah, so.||
“It is the purpose that makes strong the vow" (Troilus and Cressida act 5, sc. 3)
|5 weeks 4 days ago||From first day of minicamp||
From NJ.com (a/k/a The Star Ledger):
Reading the maize-colored tea-leaves, giving Campbell Brandon Moore's #65 suggests they have hope for their new position convert. For perspective, Moore was an undrafted free agent out of Illinois who bounced from the practice squad to the Scottish Claymores, back to the Jets, and eventually to the Pro Bowl.
|5 weeks 4 days ago||For purely selfish reasons||
I'm glad he's switching to O-line. The Jets play the Jags in preseason, and wouldn't want him to make his mark at the expense of one of his former teammates. (And vice versa.)
|6 weeks 1 day ago||Interview with Aunt of Gina de Jesus||
The main gist of the interview being a request for the media to give the families time and distance. She does say that the three girls ("...women," she corrects herself) all have positive attitudes, and are stronger than she could ever be. She give a pretty good impression of strength and wisdom herself.