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|1 day 10 hours ago||Sending his young kids to school...||
And don't they have another one on the way? So you figure he's added at least another 18 years to the commitment, not to mention not daring to go back on uprooting his parents so they could babysit...
|4 days 7 hours ago||Thanks also for the chance to praise your current avatar||
The perfect profile for the heads side of an MGoBlog coin toss.
(Suggestions open for the tail.)
|4 days 8 hours ago||How Brady happened||
Bledsoe got injured, unheralded low draft pick lifetime-backup goes on as understudy. And never leaves. (Football air issues are an unrelated data subset.)
|4 days 8 hours ago||I don't know...||
Brian seems to have had a great time disagreeing.
|6 days 5 hours ago||Um... They're still playing on TV.||
Thought it was live and turned here for what I thought would be a live thread, while Carlson was 1 up. But now... (Is a spoiler alert needed for others?)
I'll answer my own question: Yes. On TV they just squared up on the 14th. A lot of excitement left for the TV-watchers who don't know the end.
|6 days 22 hours ago||As one of the unknowledgeable ones...||
I posted the link above before watching the video. That's where I learned the spoiler info, stunning enough for me to edit it in, while you must have been posting your very fine choice of last word.
|6 days 23 hours ago||MGoBlue.com's breakdown + highlight video||
Spoiler: Carlson is the first Michigander to make the semifinals since 1956. Detailed description of Carlson's route to the semifinals, along with video:
Mention of the large turnout of enthusiastic Wolverines cheering him on. His own enthusiasm pops up in the video.
|1 week 5 days ago||Geez, you're right.||
I admit I started doubting my data, and was about to check when I was distracted by another gold-medal event. But time is speeding up. Seemed like Bottom just took over as coach. And thought Bowman was here for much longer.
|1 week 6 days ago||NBC opens a window during the race||
to interview men's coach Bob Bowman, but of course it's about whether Michael Phelps is really going to retire. Considering Bowman coached Jaeger when he was a kid here at Michigan, I'm assuming the interview was prerecorded. You know Bowman would be with the rest of the US team yelling and screaming as they watched his protege get his first medal.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Partial Clarification Below||
that starting next time only four on a team. But the primary reason was that the Godmother of the female gym dynasty, longtime coach Marta Karolyi, is retiring. So they wanted to honor her, as HER final five, as well as the final five-member team.
But it was a bit weird hearing them say that before we knew the reasoning.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||BTW: Katie Ledecky's coach is a former Michigan Swimmer||
Bruce Gemmell, who swam for Michigan from 1980-1983, and is also ass't coach for the women's Olympic team (joining the M-connected men's coaches). And it was Michigan coach Jon Urbanchek who convinced him to give up engineering and become a coach.
Just in case we need another rooting interest, this time for the female swimmer who's supposed to win lots of medals. (SPOILER ALERT: She already won a gold tonight. And broke her own world record. More events to come.)
|2 weeks 6 days ago||California or Hawaii.||
Was just e-mailing with a California friend about the damage from the fires, but my good friend in Hawaii looks forward to the hurricanes (when they know about them in time) because they're forced to tie up their boat and she gets to stay in a hotel.
The tsunami wasn't as pleasant for her, because they were told to stay in the boat and move further out into the ocean where the waves can move under them. Supposedly safer, but pretty scary with all the lights out in the middle of the night and not knowing for sure when they were allowed to move back in.
And wasn't today a pretty day in A2? Heard storms are flitting around and was concerned.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Hmm. 4 Hudson crystal balls to Michigan in less than 24 hours||
Was going to reply to "the first crystal ball of the day to Martin" that the linked 247 page showed at least one c.b. earlier today, for Hudson. Another just after midnight, one yesterday and now a 4th from just about an hour ago. While he's in Ann Arbor. Don't know a thing, but just sayin'.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||He chose his moments carefully||
|2 weeks 6 days ago||400 IM semis: Phelps' "little brother"||
Nice finish for Chase Kalisz in the 400 IM semi-finals, catching up from two body-lengths behind the Japanese star to pull it out at the end. (Idolized Michael Phelps as a kid and now trains with him.) Both in the finals tonight.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Thanks for the heads-up||
I'll check to see if I can stream live with CBC and/or BBC.
I already expended my free 1/2 hour of live streaming on NBC's website watching 1st session of men's gymnastics prelims, so will have to wait until primetime to watch NBC-edited Mikulak & Co. (For those who aren't antenna-lovin' Luddites, you can stream their session live at 1:30 pm.)
Terribly sad to learn that John Orozco, former Olympian from the Bronx, who was moved to tears when he made the US team after being away from the sport with serious injuries, tore his ACL in training a week or so ago and is off the team.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||Not just a tribute to your brother||
but a tribute to the two of you together, that you could find and make that bond while there was still time to cherish it, and time to forge the memories that you'll cherish forever.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||Thanks for having the courage||
I agree with you completely,* but then I've never forgiven Nike for trademarking Maize.
*Almost completely. Was never a pro basketball fan, so didn't have the specific animosity toward Jordan. But seeing the samples that have a commercial basketball logo completely unrelated to Michigan, representing a basketball player who had nothing to do with Michigan, given equal billing with the block M? And after we gave our former AD such a hard time for trying to commercialize everything...
At least the logo seems subtler than in the promos. It still represents bought and sold.
|4 weeks 5 days ago||How unbearably sad.||
In so many ways.
|7 weeks 2 days ago||Brooklyn Cyclones & Staten Island Yankees||
The Cyclones play in Coney Island, right off the Boardwalk, home plate facing the ocean. I went their first season in honor of a late uncle who was one of those Brooklyn old-timers who turned his back on baseball when the Dodgers abandoned them for LA. My best memory is the cap I bought. Didn't even realize it had Brooklyn spelled in tiny letters across the brim until someone else noticed it.
Then a good buddy, a Yankee fan all his life, started going to the Staten Island Yankees when the uptown version got way too expensive. (Also easier for him to get his 90-something Dad out there than all the way up to the Bronx.) He started celebrating his b'day there, renting a "luxury box" for $20 per person, including free food, AC indoors and 20 seats outside. The free food is what you'd expect for free, but you can also order other stuff if you want to defeat the mood of the minor league experience. Gorgeous stadium, looks like something from a small town from another era, and the outfield is the view of downtown Manhattan. (Occasionally blocked by a slow-moving trawler.) A short, easy walk from the Staten Island Ferry (now free both ways).
Got to go to the game when Mike O'Neill was playing for the SI Yankees (the "Baby Bombers")and Pat Biondi for the visiting Cyclones (though he didn't get on the field that night). But also have been there on Irish night (bagpipe & drum team and teenage stepdancers), and almost every night has a special commemorative cap and fireworks after the game.
|7 weeks 3 days ago||Current NY Times article with lots of links||
Including videos and graphics, and lots of quotes from Dr. Bolton. LINK. For those of us who can't get enough.
|8 weeks 3 days ago||There are actually several kinds of dementia||
And when old people show dementia, most people (including too many doctors) assume it's Alzheimer's and there's nothing you can do. Some dementias in the elderly are from reversible causes, like medications or interaction of meds, so it's good to find out.
They're learning more about Alzheimer's, but as of now no effective treatments. But the original "Alzheimer's" was early-onset dementia as described by Alzheimer and named for him. The name is now used for what used to be call "senile dementia" -- because the brain findings are the same. But why it shows up in younger people is still in question.
|8 weeks 3 days ago||Early Charlie Rose interview on CBS This Morning||
Just as I saw this post, but over by the time I finished typing.
|8 weeks 4 days ago||Did anyone see the ad with the Michigan olympians?||
I was sitting at the computer and managed to look up when I heard Michigan. Figured there'd be others featuring other schools, like with the NCAA men's gymnastics ads, but only saw a replay of this one. (A car sponsor.)
|8 weeks 6 days ago||Don't confuse me!||
Okay. Brian's spelling agrees with Andrew's Twitter account. I guess I'll go with that.
|8 weeks 6 days ago||Since you're in Cbus, maybe you can answer this question||
How many recruits with Harvard and Yale offers get invited to OSU's camps? Just curious.
[I hear the best O-linemen are smart. Along with size and strength and coachability and other stuff, of course.]
|9 weeks 6 days ago||Helpful spelling hint: The Team, The Team, The Team.||
Solomon, not Solo-man. Wise man Aubrey gets it.
|9 weeks 6 days ago||But is it wise to drink and drive?||
The discussion here seems mostly about what's legal or not or why it should be legal or not. If you are a truck driver for a living, an employer or prospective employer might be worried to hire someone who was heavy drinker, not trusting the person to drive sober. (Don't know the legalities of the hiring process here, just for discussion.)
I also don't know enough about the science behind the "altered state" that makes weed so attractive, but what about a kid's responsibility to his team? Can an athlete compete effectively in said altered state? Are his reaction times and concentration diminished? They're supposed to keep up their physical training so they're fast enough and strong enough to compete. Why shouldn't they be required to keep their mental state crisp and ready as well?
Food is legal, but a coach has the right to advise a player with a weight problem to work on controlling it, to choose what and when and how much he eats. If a player doesn't show an effort to change behavior that might be detrimental to the success or chemistry of a team, or his own success as an athlete, it doesn't matter that it's a free country and over-eating is legal. If the kid chooses food over team, he has chosen it over the privilege of playing.
|10 weeks 4 days ago||Sense of humor and a sense of history||
Michigan and Ohio had to fight over Toledo, after all. So nicely subversive choice for a sub.
|11 weeks 11 hours ago||Why Gordie Howe is close to my heart||
Not that I ever knew him. In fact, I knew nothing about hockey growing up (in Michigan), and I knew almost nothing about professional sports when I first moved to New York.
I was at a party playing Trivial Pursuit, on a team with two guys, so I planned on deferring all sports questions to them. The lawyer missed a question about a famous lawyer. The painter missed a question about an artist (I think he was a bit plastered by then). Our next question was "What team did Gordie Howe play for?" The two guys, both New Yorkers, looked at each other blankly. But I, a silly girl knowing nothing about hockey [then], recognized the name and somehow knew he played hockey. So he must have played for the Red Wings, right? How else could his name be embedded in my brain?
I got the question right. The entire table turned to me in shock. I had established some legitimacy and respect in my new home, and I loved all things Gordie Howe ever since.