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|2 days 19 hours ago||So, so sad.||
My dad had his first heart attack when I was just a child, and later died from "non-A/non-B" hepatitis (now screenable as Hep-C) via blood transfusion during his bypass surgery, knowing the risks of the surgery in those early years but not wanting to live as an invalid. We did get him for several healthy years after the surgery and will be eternally grateful for every one of them.
Thank you for the incredible photo so we can share a bit of your loveliest memories as well as your sorrow.
|2 days 20 hours ago||The video on 60 minutes [too late to edit/insert]||
featuring Vivek Ranadivé was part of an Anderson Cooper feature on Malcolm Gladwell ("The Power of the Underdog"), so includes video of the team he coached and worth a view. Something weird happened with embedding attempt, but here's the LINK to webpage which includes both video and transcription (pertinent part below).
[Yes, he has a couple engineering degrees as well as his MBA. And you NBA fans probably know that he bought the Warriors before the Kings.]
|2 days 21 hours ago||There was just a piece on [60 Minutes was it?]||
about this very wealthy guy volunteering to coach his daughter's basketball team even though he didn't know a thing about basketball. So he studied it. And taught his undersized girls that they clearly weren't going to win with dunks, so they'd have to do it by running around, waving their hands and constantly getting in the other team's way. The team ended up undefeated.
So he grew fond of basketball and bought the Kings.
|4 days 14 hours ago||Thanks for the cue||
The picture I can never resist posting:
|5 days 18 hours ago||'Prentice Pistons over Rookie Rockets||
|5 days 18 hours ago||Free trial today for streaming Summer League||
on NBA.com. Still time to watch Mitch for free and less than 2 mins for Pistons/Rockets.
|1 week 1 day ago||Kings' website article on their crowdsourcing approach||
LINK to their process.
And, while we're at it, Nik's introductory press conference:
|1 week 3 days ago||Another video of the Ferns Doing Very Nice Thing story||
This after the fact (Showtime/Inside NFL), featuring the youngster whose father passed away. He's interviewed in the middle of what must be his two best buddies. The one who gets to talk is named Brendan Ferns. [Have I read he's ready to be recruited?] Both he and Michael get face/voice time, but it's well worth a watch even if they didn't.
|1 week 6 days ago||This one's pretty snazzy||
|1 week 6 days ago||But he probably lives in only one of them||
At least only one at a time.
|2 weeks 14 hours ago||We actually posted at the same time||
I'd seen the tweet too. Tried to edit and add: "He was probably talking to the same folks that Adrian Wojnarowski was." But you answered too quickly.
Now they're officially announcing it.
|2 weeks 14 hours ago||What does Stauskas think of Sacramento?||
Why does Chad Ford say he's going there?
|2 weeks 15 hours ago||Trey Burke puts in his opinion||
Via Andy Katz on the ESPN.com twitter feed.
Andy Katz: "Source: Utah Jazz will take Dante Exum at No. 5. Trey Burke told me here he would be a great fit for them, can play either guard."
|2 weeks 2 days ago||The Dog Desi is only one of a pair||
Desi's teammate Chihuahua is named "Bo Schem." [Per TheWolverine.com article linked in the previous post, and here]. These are serious M fans down there in Mo.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||30 min ago? And you went right to MGoBlog?||
|3 weeks 10 hours ago||The explanation: Live from Minicamp||
At about 22:00 or so in this video from Jaguars camp, you'll start to see #16 on the field, looking terribly mature and healthy. About a minute later in, one of their radio guys (Brian Sexton) talks about Denard and asking a coach about his progress.
"I mean here's this guy who held the ball at the University of Michigan-- and I'm not talking about the University of Kansas, my alma mater-- this is the University of Michigan! And he held the ball all the time, in warm weather, cold weather..." So the coach reminds him that he had an elbow injury, the ulnar nerve, and describes the ulnar nerve's role in being able to hold something in your hand, being able to open and close your fingers, or not.
Apparently his ulnar nerve is finally better, and it's doing the things Denard is asking it to do. Then they go on to talk about other things, but the camera is still showing a lot of Denard in RB drills, catching that ball easily (and tossing it back in a nice, smooth former-QB style). Henne is on screen too, enjoying his role as senior supervisor.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||And a Viking||
up front to protect him.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||His position coach says he's doing great||
I was standing behind someone in the security line at LaGuardia a few weeks ago who had a Giants logo on his bag. I didn't recognize him, but he was tall and healthy-looking... Security lines are long and boring at LGA, so I figured why not:
I asked if he was a fan or a genuine Giant. He smiled and said he was a coach, coaching DBs. The first thing that popped out of my mouth: "How's Stevie?" His face brightened: "Doing great!" Naturally I had to confess I was a Michigan fan. "I bet you've been counting all his interceptions." I admitted I had, and then he added, "And we have Ryan Mundy, too!" Although I follow (and root for) Mundy too, I thought I should clarify that Mundy didn't actually graduate from Michigan. Coach laughed, "And Stevie never lets him forget it." [Mundy's gone to the Bears, but still... Love the picture of their interplay, and that Mundy still thinks of himself as a Michigan man.]
Not surprising that Coach Merritt is one of Stevie's reasons for wanting to stay a Giant, and nice that he says so:
[I posted some of this before, but in a far less appropriate thread.]
|4 weeks 17 hours ago||The Real Charlie White||
has been a regular reader of MGoBlog, according to TJ Young, his former Michigan roommate in the Squad of Four (including the other two male halves of the ice-dancing teams that took the other two spots on the US Championship podium), so maybe it's TJ that's the regular poster and Charlie has just been lurking in the shadows? (So many hours on the practice ice, and it's so hard to text while skating.) Or Charlie has had the sense to use a mysterious sports-related avatar?
So it is entirely possible that the Real Charlie White is coming out of the shadows just as his long-time relationship has finally come out of the shadows.
Congrats on everything, Real Charlie White. Can't wait to see what you're up to next.
PS to ST3: Great verification question. (But wait. Did he only rumba once?)
|4 weeks 1 day ago||My Matternal Instincts||
naturally draw me to these Patternal™ recruits. Welcome, [surrogate] son!
|4 weeks 3 days ago||CBS This Morning||
(both the capitalized and lower-case this morning) was near the end of their coverage when I turned on the TV. (Sorry. Kept hitting the snooze button.) Thanks for reminding me to look for the replay.
|5 weeks 19 hours ago||That Brady kid didn't do much in his freshman||
and sophomore seasons. No wonder he was such a low draft pick.
|5 weeks 23 hours ago||This makes it even better||
He's coming whether or not he gets to play this year. Naturally hopes to, but is willing to sit. Could this mean he wants to come to Michigan because it's [gasp] Michigan?
|5 weeks 23 hours ago||Knew they liked his flexibility||
and potential from afar, but great to know he's impressing so early in OTAs. Always pulling for the guy who's hidden (from some) in the shadows of others.
|5 weeks 1 day ago||The author tweets again 5 mins ago||
"strong indications" not exactly "commits."
Not exactly Debbie Downer, but maybe Cautious Connie.
|5 weeks 1 day ago||Some of us also know the parents||
of a terrific kid who was just being a kid (16) with his buddies when they drove drunk. Their kid was killed and they've never recovered, nor has the older brother. No one thinks about pointing fingers, just the promising life that was cut short and the family that has to go on without him. They probably feel even worse thinking that somehow they're at fault by not keeping him from doing dumb things, when they probably did the same at his age, but lucked out.
Nothing against kids being kids. But it isn't being high and mighty and throwing things at glass things to say that somehow we have to teach kids that they're not immortal and that some dumb things can be irreversible.
Fortunately I don't know anyone whose kids just being kids killed someone else.
|5 weeks 1 day ago||Is this where I post that Hagelin just scored?||
His second short-handed goal in the play-offs. Described during the intermission highlights as showing "his ridiculous speed."
|5 weeks 3 days ago||Just cross-checked out of curiosity||
Regular annual membership is $69 for individual, $79 for joint membership. This offer is for a two-year membership at the one-year price.
Research also shows that if you're over 60 you can get a lifetime membership for half-price directly from the association! Makes sense, considering how long half your expected lifetime would be at that point.
EDIT: Redundancy effect from too much research.
|5 weeks 3 days ago||And for those who are going to repeat the gloom||
and doom scenarios ad nauseum if Isaac doesn't commit, those who don't really read the small print in his story, let's try again: It would be a huge deal for him to have to sit a year, which he will have to do if he comes to Michigan. He may love Michigan, he may desperately want to commit here, but he may still choose to go to Illinois so he can play immediately, and has every right to do so.
His visiting (with his family) knowing the sacrifice he'd have to make to commit is a very big deal in itself. He's certainly aware of what all the other recruits and de-commits know about our season, or think they know, and he's seriously considering us anyway. So no flame-outs please if he chooses to be closer to home.
And kudos to him if he decides otherwise.