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|4 days 1 hour ago||The good thing about funerals||
(if one can say that) is that even if you know about a loved one's accomplishments, even if you'd had a chance to learn about the struggles of their daily lives, you rarely hear about the simple kindnesses that wouldn't have seemed important to them but were very important to someone else.
I knew a lot about my dad before he died (he loved history and lived through a lot of it), but stories like this I didn't learn from him. Mom was taken aback by a scheduled "open house" at the funeral home (if that's what it's called) until she read the notice in the paper, and wasn't up to greeting people, so I took her place. Most of the people I knew, but one man I'd never met told me that when he came from Ireland to our Midwestern town, he was so grateful to my Dad, a refugee from Nazi Germany, for being so welcoming and helpful, making him feel at home in their newly adopted country. I have no idea who he was or how they met, but it's the one conversation I remember.
Nice to learn a parent or grandparent was also a really nice guy.
|4 days 2 hours ago||Absolutely - Preseason National #1 [also unanimous]||
They bring back most of their defending B1G and NCAA championship team from last year, which includes not only Olympian Sam Mikulak (also two-time NCAA all-around champ AND 2013 U.S. National Champ), but Olympian Syque Caesar, who competed for Bangladesh, Adrian de los Angeles, who came in 2nd to Sam in the NCAA all-around (and on last year's national team), all of whom were competing while injured for most or part of last year (hence being ranked only #2 or #3 most of the season). Current US national team member Stacey Ervin is adding events to his slate, and the team is older and more experienced this year, with three promising freshmen adding to the depth, including Tristian Perez-Rivera , ammeber of , who competes internationally for Puerto Rico. (Three more highly recruited teens are already committed for next year.)
AND THE NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS WILL BE IN ANN ARBOR NEXT APRIL! The tix are incredibly cheap (I think $20 for the full weekend, including the qualifying rounds Friday, team and all-around finals Saturday, and event finals on Sunday). I think individual session tix are $5-$7. If you haven't seen elite gymnastics close up, it's nothing like watching on TV.
Not being able to watch the men much out here in the boonies of NYC, I treated myself to the NCAA Championships at Penn State last year (a friend lives nearby), after seeing them convincingly win the B1G, which is traditionally a top gymnastics conference. I'm not an insider, but I managed to sit behind Sam's mother at the event finals. Having already won the AA and Team championships the night before, and finished his other event finals Sunday, he decided he had nothing to lose and let it all out for the very last performance of the night, high bar (adding to his difficulty level). I don't know if I ever understood the word "breathtaking" before until watching that performance. Highest score ever for him in that event, and way above #2 (who I think was Syque Caesar, also terrific job, but without the high difficulty score).
Interestingly (for those who read this far), it was the high bar that knocked Sam out of a likely #2 finish in the world championships (behind the defending 4-time Japanese world & Olympic champion) after having a slight glitch in that, his last event. A few hundredths of a point can mean a lot on the elite level.
So he just missed the world podium, but that means he has unfinished goals. And those of you in A2 can watch him work for it.
|1 week 1 hour ago||Thanks for the links.||
Didn't know about Lund's connection to Jackie Robinson. A great shot from the article:
Robinson congratulating Lund on his home run in their final game together in the minors before they both headed to the Dodgers.
|1 week 1 hour ago||In the absence of up-votes||
[(nd avoiding the obvious "cool story, bro" for fear it would sound flippant): Great story.
No doubt you'll remember the details as long and as clearly as your companions remembered their games.
|1 week 3 days ago||Watching rivals vie for championships...||
Thanks for the invite, but I'd rather watch our National Championship pre-season #1 men's gymnastics team in their intrasquad scrimmage tonight. Unfortunately I'm not in Ann Arbor and no attention is paid, even to the guys with the video cameras. ("Live results" for gymnastics? Great. Very useful.)
Oh! And I could check the live results as our National Championship pre-season #1 men's swimming team competes in the third day of a national competition. (#1 after yesterday's 2nd day.)
End of non-revenue rah-rah interruption.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Encouraging.||
He's got three more years to develop that, his catching and route-running, to go with his track-star speed. And who knows what we'll see when we get Darboh back? And the guys coming in... Can't wait.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Anyone watching the 49ers game||
to keep an eye out for Manningham now that he's back on the roster? Like Junior, he's also been injured for some time, so he too may have to work his way into real playing time.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Third Special Teams Tackle!||
Already called out for his blocking skills by Phil Simms! (Too lazy for full quote, already posted in Henne thread.)
He's finally healthy and showing what he can do.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||And only a couple of plays earlier:||
Phil Simms: "Beautiful block by #88 Junior Hemingway. Usually when he comes in, you know it's going to be a run play. He's only had 4 catches this season, but boy this guy can block!"
And now they know he's not just a blocker. Gorgeous catch! (And just got a Michigan call-out on the replay.)
Discuss how much we've lost in blocking by losing our senior wide-outs the last couple seasons.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Wish we had upvotes||
so I didn't have to try to say what I am so pleased others said. I was watching with someone who is of the "we didn't win, so it's over" school. I was fine with Hoke going for 2, and thrilled to hear that's what the team wanted. And for those who berate these players for proving they could have played better at other games, they've never bought into the "they're young and have to learn and get better" idea, but maybe that's exactly what's been happening. Last week they lost a couple defensive starters in the 2nd half (didn't know it at the time) and yes, the defense was less successful in the 2nd half. Didn't know Ross and Wilson were out today, and the team wore down in the 2nd half again. Was that why? Was it that youngsters were thrown into the fire and passing expectations, learning and improving and just not able to close out against a team that was expected to blow us out? No moral victories. Well, I'm one of those softies who thinks there are.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Are you Terry Mills?||
That's just what he's been saying on the M audio broadcast. (I missed the beginning of the game, but I assume you/he were predicting this would be Z's coming out party.)
|3 weeks 3 days ago||According to the Mothership||
(a/k/a MGoBlue.com) , no TV but Gametracker and Live Blog on line.
|4 weeks 18 hours ago||I remember seeing a tweet||
I remember seeing a tweet from Austin that someone posted, in which he said something like "I used to be pretty good at basketball." Or maybe "I play basketball. I used to be pretty good at it." Heart-breaking. But this article brings it all into perspective.
Far worse things have happened to him, and though his heart's been severely bruised, he won't stop rehabbing it.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||Had the Philly game on in NYC||
and suddenly looked up from the computer when I heard the word "Lions" and saw the bumblebee prison jerseys and assumed it was a highlight shot. But no. Wonder what happened to the Philly game? Did the tornado move in from Chicago? Should I close my windows?
Not to say I'm disappointed. Already saw Avant make a nice catch and Brandon Graham get a sack along with encouraging word that the coaches are seeing progress after his switching to linebacker, and don't get to see the Lions often out here except on Thanksgiving.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||The article says his current head coach didn't know||
until he was called to comment in connection with this story. As head coach of the NY Giants who had a lot to do with taking a very late draft pick and not even relegating him to the practice squad, if Coughlin didn't know it doesn't seem surprising that his college coaches didn't know either. His UMass coaches may have known, because the story made a lot of news locally when it was happening.
And now we know.
|4 weeks 4 days ago||That smile that means||
he doesn't care when people tell him he's too small or too short or too whatever because he loves the game and he loves the effort it takes to surprise the doubters. The kind of guy we love rooting for.
|5 weeks 14 hours ago||With a couple games yet to finish||
CBSSports.com shows Horford the night's leader in rebounds and LeVert the 3-pt leader.
|5 weeks 1 day ago||Not sure what the definition for "varsity" is these days||
But Men's Gymnastics also won the NCAA championship this past season, including #1 and #2 in the all-around, and will be hosting the championships right here in A2 this coming spring. (Okay, I'm not there anymore, but when I talk about sports I am.)
But if we're talking about the traditional team sports, softball at M is hard to beat for consistency of excellence.
|5 weeks 1 day ago||By the time this is sent||
it should be 2:00 pm, and with it sending more good thoughts from the eastern edge of the country. She's lucky to have you there.
|5 weeks 4 days ago||Photo: Why is Derrick the only one smiling?||
And the coaches look positively bored. Perhaps captions are in order for that shot.
But the malnourished one looks even tinier next to McGary-in-tie. Now that Denard's gone, Caris gets the bounty of my maternal instinct. (From a distance. No surrogate-child stalking here.)
|5 weeks 5 days ago||Can we put up-votes on account||
for later use?
|6 weeks 4 days ago||Working for me. Was hoping||
I could use the radio audio with the BTN video, but they're not synchronized.
|6 weeks 5 days ago||Don't know about Huyge,||
but didn't Omameh start out wanting to be an engineer but then transferred to Social Work and Communications? Or something like that?
|7 weeks 1 day ago||Both Schofield and Lewan||
were asked about at the end of their questioning during yesterday's press conference. About the only time in the presser that Lewan was smiling, a kind of gosh-shucks thing from each of them (i.e., not at all Being Heroes). I was hoping to find out more details, not being able to hear the full questions.
The article does call the Red Sox Cap Man the hero, and both Schofield and Lewan mentioned him (Taylor saying he was a trainer at Eastern Michigan, Mike only knowing he was a trainer). But there was fire involved, and most people would shy away from such a situation, even if only suspected. Our guys were big, the trainer knew what to do. A nice story and worthy of taking notice.
[To OA: Perhaps the article sounds "blog-like" to you because it's a human interest story rather than straight news? There's a lot of good writing to be found on blogs these days, as well as not-so-erudite or properly spelled. As we well know. And I thought the writer did a fine job.]
|7 weeks 2 days ago||I'm sick of not knowing when a game is going to be||
until the TV Gods think it wise to divulge. I have to buy tickets for something the NW game Saturday before they're gone, and have to gamble on matinee or evening. Will probably miss it either way, but the other event involves a dear friend and has clear priority.
At least I don't have to get a last-minute hotel room, as did many going the UConn game and not knowing it would be at night.
|7 weeks 4 days ago||Fortunate enough to meet Brock in NYC||
when he addressed an alumni group. He's not only courageous and inspiring, he leaves that for others to decide. A genuinely lovely guy, with a surprising, and sweet, sense of humor.
|8 weeks 1 day ago||Ryan Mundy is starting because||
Stevie Brown was put on IR after his preseason injury. Mike Cox is co-starting with another untested RB (at least untested by the Giants, cut by Tampa Bay in September and just signed a couple of days ago) because everybody else was injured, including Jacobs, who was just brought back, no doubt because they didn't have faith in anyone else left on their current roster. They like Mike, but it doesn't sound like they thought of him as a starter, certainly not yet, before desperation set in.
There was a nice little article in the NY Times (print edition, don't have link) when they knew Cox was going to play. He was excited about the opportunity and said things about what he needs to work on: learning the plays, etc. From the few plays I saw tonight, even the commentators were talking about the two RBs doing straight-ahead running only, nothing complicated.
And in other news, Kenny Demens was cut today by the Cardinals. (One can hope they put him back on the practice squad after he clears waivers.)
|8 weeks 1 day ago||Played FB for the Jets||
and later for Tampa Bay.
|8 weeks 2 days ago||I was worried their humor was being corralled||
until the Gallon-height exchange. They looked so serious in the early part, as if they'd lost the game. Seemed like pre-presser Fort Schembechlerizing. Wonder what was said in the locker room? Fortunately, when given the right straight lines, their true personalities broke through.
|8 weeks 2 days ago||The relevant details from Hoke's presser:||
Does that answer your question?