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|3 days 16 hours ago||My fear is that the site will turn into those white-space things||
I understand why people complain that our common addiction isn't always available when we most need it, but I love the layout.
Too many other sites I need to use have switched to lots of white space and pale text floating there with too much space between lines, requiring constant cursoring and difficulty reading. Is it that they're designed for phone-readers? As someone who likes to see lots of text at a glance... On an actual computer... that's easy to read and kind to the eyes...
Please say that's not in the plan!
|1 week 1 day ago||A moral victory!||
Or at least a moral 4th place. Glad you had a place to put it in writing.
|1 week 1 day ago||Caris was there!||
I finally saw him play just last night in Bklyn! (A couple highlight-quality assists.)
Radio guys said a few alum players were there (Tim Hardaway & Josh Bartelstein?), maybe to watch Walton's record-breaking night? Spoke to the team before the game. Posbang them all.
|1 week 3 days ago||Puh-RAM-uss||
I live across the river from NJ, but I hear about them on the news a lot. Weather, traffic, stuff like that.
|1 week 3 days ago||Two more success stories (out of the only two I know about)||
A friend's dad recently passed away "naturally" in his mid-90s, years after his (quadruple or quintuple) bypass surgery. He was still going to Yankee games with his sons only a couple years before, when the long trip into the Bronx and the stairs in the stadium just got too much (for the legs, not the heart).
My own dad had completely successful bypass in the early days of the surgery, after surviving two separate heart attacks, both times lucky enough to be either in the hospital (where he worked) or surrounded by other MDs at a medical convention. Being a doctor he knew the risks, but was willing to take the risk rather than "live like an invalid." When he eventually passed away (from something else), his heart was the strongest in the ICU, proudly pumping away. We didn't want to lose him even then, of course, but we had him years longer than without the surgery.
It is so much more routine today, and well worth the trouble.
All the best to your dad and all of you who are there to cheer him on.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Forgive me for benefiting from your distress||
Since my primary NFL interest is following our alumni, preseason is when I can get cheap seats on Ebay and see our rookies get playing time, even those who might be UDFAs. With both the Jets & the Giants here, that means at least 6 other teams coming in to play them, and the number of guys in the picture, the odds are pretty good this year there'll be at least one game of interest.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Exactly||
I knew nothing about draft status, recruiting, or much of anything about what goes into football or coaching, but I was already in NYC, watching the few Michigan games then broadcast nationally, and I'd see Brady pulled for this kid who didn't seem to play any better, and wondered why Brady had to wait two years to get on the field and this kid with no experience couldn't wait his turn.
Then there was the Ohio State game, broadcast nationally of course, and there was a feature of Steinbrenner leading the cheers at the OSU pep rally the night before the game. No wonder Steinbrenner was so eager to get Henson off the field at Michigan, and no wonder Carr felt the pressure to get him ON the field to keep him from jumping ship for baseball. No proof, but sure made sense to me.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Steinbrenner Effect & Baseball||
Henson was Yankees property, Steinbrenner was an OSU booster...
Carr was quoted years later that Henson was put in because he needed some on-field time in the games because his summer baseball commitments didn't allow enough off-season football. Conspiracy theory given credence when Steinbrenner gave then-starter Henson a now-or-never $1,000,000 come-to-Yankees after his junior year.
Did the platooning affect Brady's draft status? Then the other Drew got injured...
|2 weeks 5 days ago||You made your point||
To you he's a random source. But enough reputable sources have by now vouched for this particular reputable source as being a highly reputable source. He doesn't post guesses, and knows what he can share and what he can only hint at. Time to move on.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Too late for me to edit, but eager to learn from my mistakes||
So does it make a difference that it's "cool story, sis" [or, apparently, "un-cool story, sis"]? Which might reflect on the type of details I wasn't actually privy to and, if I had been, would of course only be girl-talk details like, "Golly, were you a freshman or sophomore? Did you meet him in a class? Did you go out for pizza? Did he know you don't like football?")?
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Watching with a friend who has a friend who dated Belicheck||
long ago in college. [Sorry, sworn to secrecy on details.]
Friend's friend wasn't really interested in football, but we did go out with her and her now husband to watch one of those other Tom Brady superbowls and weren't allowed to bring up her pre-husband history, though it was eons ago. The husband likes football and the excuse for the get-together watch was that I was from Michigan and obsessed with Brady.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Moonlight, Lion...||
Very different kinds of movies, obviously, but more involving to me. (Both of these have incredible child actors, by the way.) Arrival, especially if you miss "intelligent" science fiction...
I know a couple of people who hated LaLaLand, thinking it phony. But then one is a musician and the other a former Rockette. For me it eventually paid off, but took a long way to get there.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||Considering he's from Columbus, Ohio||
It's a legitimate reference. Fortunately he's already answered with his choice.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||Seth had trouble with iTunes too?||
I feel so much better! Not that I don't have sympathy. Just thought it was my dreadful software karma. Two 2-3 hr sessions trying to register with iTunes to get a free limited-time movie download, the sessions divided by the totally unresponsive "help" e-mail that came 48 hrs later: "We understand you're having trouble signing in on your new iTunes account. So sorry. To solve this problem, first sign into your iTunes account..." [Honest.]
Actually, the guy at the Apple Store was the one bright spot. He helped me redo everything I'd done, but this time it worked. So I could go home and sign on. But that's all I could do successfully without using the rest of my evening dealing with their help lines. Will spare the rest of the saga/rant. Suffice it to say I'm reluctant to trust a software company with such abysmally designed software.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||Thanks||
Hadn't heard anything about her in a while, so wasn't sure.
So maybe that's her in the pool? Suppose it doesn't hurt that the up-and-coming women's swim team beat OSU last night 212-88... (The men's team won too, of course, for those curious. But this might be the first time the women are ranked higher than the men, #7 to #9. Someone in the know feel free to correct me.)
|3 weeks 6 days ago||He actually is a swimmer||
And isn't his sister joining the M swim team?
[EDIT: Talking about Martin, not Frey. Unless Frey & Harbaugh also jumped into the pool.]
|3 weeks 6 days ago||Appreciate the M-related play-by-play||
Or at least highlights, being NFL-network-deprived.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||Roster Numbers (etc. from official roster||
Our guys on the North Team. [Apologies for the funky formatting in transfer; those aren't really links.]
43 Chris Wormley DE 6-5 297
|3 weeks 6 days ago||Big Brothers Big Sisters||
When I was a senior in high school, this was our congregation's youth group project. The local branch of Big Brothers Big Sisters paired each of us with a child (checking their national website, I see the age range for the kids is 6-18). They describe it as mentoring the child, but for me at 18, it seemed more like simply being there as a friend, being able to share experiences they wouldn't otherwise have access to, letting them know there was something else out there.
My strongest memory was when my best friend and I took our girls out for an activity and had milk and cookies afterwards. My charge, generally quite shy and quiet, said, "We have milk at home, too. But it's for the baby."
The downside for me was that only a few months later I had to leave for Ann Arbor and felt I was abandoning my girl. But she sent me a lovely note wishing me well "up at college." Something I've never forgotten. (And this post makes me wonder if I'd be able to track her down years later through BBBS and see what became of her.)
|4 weeks 9 hours ago||From Senior Bowl tweets||
UM WR Amara Darboh only Top 5 total workload player to increase workload every day over 3 days of practice
|4 weeks 1 day ago||Fortunately Rodd... Rodi...||
Last year's transfer QB was already here before we learned that we couldn't remember how to spell his name.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||Speaking of truly missing out... I missed seeing him Monday.||
In Sunday's "Current Wolverines in the NBA" thread, with videos of recent Caris highlights, I posted how giddy I was that I was going to my very first NBA game the very next night just to see Caris play! A nor'easter on both ends of the subway, heavy winds and rain, but who cares? It's worth it to see Caris, our rookie star-in-the-making.
I admit I was a bit concerned that I didn't spot him in warm-ups... The pregame announcers focused on "the youngsters"... They mention two... (pause)... then, quietly: "Caris Levert is being held out tonight. They want to rest him." [They missed him, believe me. But if it's best for the longterm...]
At least I could see him on the bench, and when he stood to high-five his teammates at breaks he was smiling, so I figured they were telling the truth and not covering for an injury set-back. Pretty snazzy boots he was wearing over his warm-up pants... Here's hoping that was simply a fashion statement.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||The guys behind him are enthused||
But they look a little small for our needs...
|4 weeks 2 days ago||And maybe his mentoring will lead him to coaching||
when his playing days are done. More branches to the tree.
|4 weeks 4 days ago||Postscript no one will see||
All the way to Barclays Center in the noreaster, and they do an intro highlighting a couple of players, then close by saying, "Caris LeVert won't play tonight. They want to rest him."
|4 weeks 5 days ago||Wasn't talking about StubHub||
Was joking about the secret society, but it's not that well known outside of NYC. These aren't re-sales but almost-comp tix that are offered to members of TheaterMania's Gold Club, with last-minute tix provided by producers of events that aren't sold out and not likely to become sold out, preferring to have bodies in the seats and hoping the viewers will spread the word. [But they probably don't want too much spreading of the word for specific events.]
You never know what's going to be offered. Think it started for theater, often for new shows or shows on their last legs, or off the beaten track, but they have other offers, including museum admissions and tourist events. Members pay an annual membership fee, get e-mail notices of tix available (which go quickly) and pay a small per-ticket fee when purchased. I'm lucky to have a buddy who keeps checking.
|4 weeks 5 days ago||Nice timing. Going to my first NBA game tomorrow.||
to see Caris! Live!
A friend belongs to one of those secret societies that offer unsold seats, usually for theater, but he's recently gotten [excellent] Islanders seats and invited me to the next one. (They're in Brooklyn temporarily, with most of their fans out on Long Island.) I told him if he got them for a game playing against Michigan alumni, I'd join him.
Lo and behold, they suddenly offered Nets tix. I had previous plans for tomorrow night, but this trumps that.
|4 weeks 5 days ago||But the multi-syllabic poetry makes up for it||
|4 weeks 5 days ago||So they didn't read the press release?||
(Forgot about it and went to bed, so can't testify to their tone of voice.)
|4 weeks 6 days ago||Players are human too.||
Especially young ones. And their bad feels/feelings can influence their output. New coaches, new players, not knowing what to expect. Brooklyn was a surprise, then it seems like a fluke. The players start doubting themselves (and their coaches), just as we doubt them (and their coaches). They start thinking too much (white collar) until whatever magic (or coaching, or handwriting on the wall) changes things around, makes things fun again and lets them play (blue collar).
Fun to watch when it works.