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|1 week 1 day ago||2005 Home Run Derby||
Was working at Palio the summer that the MLB All-Star Game was in Detroit and a buddy came up with an extra ticket to the derby about 2 hours before my shift was supposed to start. I liked my job but going to the Derby was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. I went in and told my manager that I was very sorry, that I understood if he wanted to fire me and that I was okay with him firing me, but I hoped that he wouldn't because IT'S THE DERBY and I didn't really have a choice.
End of story, I went, saw Bobby Abreu set the then-record for HRs hit in a round and caught a David Ortiz-hit ball. I also did not get fired (but worked double-shifts the next two weekends, which helped pay for the ticket).
Most spontaneous M-related thing was parlaying a hot night at the blackjack table into a next-day flight to Dallas, weekend hotel and ticket to the M-Alabama game in 2012. It was awesome unitl Alabama got the ball the second time...
|14 weeks 6 days ago||LeBron vs. Basically Oklahoma||
There was a holiday tournament in Columbus in December 2002 when LeBron was a senior at Akron SVSM and Columbus Brookhaven had Drew Lavender (first at Oklahoma, then took Xavier for a run in the NCAA tourney) and Brandon Foust (went to Oklahoma, as well). Unreal game - LeBron has a chance to win at the end but is stripped by 5'7" Drew Lavender, who was murdered at the other end, setting up 2 FTs with 2 seconds to go to beat (and outscore) LeBron. Lavender, a 90% FT shooter, misses both and the game goes to OT, in which SVSM prevails.
Definitely the best H.S. teams I've ever seen and one of the craziest games of any level I've ever watched live.
There's youtube footage of the entire thing, but this clip has the finish if you go to the 6:10 mark, which starts with Foust tying the game. If someone wants to imbed, that's great - I don't want to clog the thread.
|19 weeks 1 day ago||Very possible, though it was||
Very possible, though it was addressed to Coach Hoke. I could see it going to the football office, but someone had to hand it from there to the development department. I was pretty disappointed at the begging for money.
And yes, the Bacon book will be riveting, I'm sure. Three & Out was just depressing - I'm sure the tone of the new one will be a bit more optimistic given the post-Brandon developments.
|19 weeks 1 day ago||Hoke Wedding Invite / Donation Request||
I got married this past fall (bye week, don't worry) and invited Hoke and his wife, making a personal appeal in case they'd be out on the east coast recruiting. They, of course, declined (didn't even sign the reply card, much less send a picture or anything), but we got a smarmy note in return from the athletic development department observing "how much Michigan athletics mean to [us]" and asking for a donation. Dave Brandon, everyone.
An aside - we chose our venue the year before we got married and went to do a tour on Michigan's bye week that year (Fall 2013). To my absolute delight, the couple getting married at that space the evening we toured was another Michigan couple... who chose to get married on a Michigan bye week. If you're reading this and got married at the Bryant Park Grill in NYC in October 2013, congratulations and salute!
|46 weeks 2 days ago||About the "Update"||
Back when the abuse story first broke and the NFL announced its punishment, Peter King, a senior SI writer, did a story on the investigation. Deadspin already went into detail on it, so I'll link to them, but essentially Peter King reported that the NFL viewed unreleased "inside the elevator" footage in the course of its investigation.
After watching that video, it's tough to think that there is any other "inside the elevator" video that (i) would be available and (ii) would not show what this video shows.
Either Peter King's reporting was wrong, or we're not getting the entire truth from the NFL. Not sure which, but as badly as the NFL looks right now, I wouldn't be surprised if they're trying to save face.
|1 year 1 week ago||Neg away, but...||
Isn't this actually a great idea for local families that shelled out for season tickets? Assuming that it's free*?
I'm not married and I don't have kids, but I still remember my first trip to Ann Arbor back in the days where they left the stadium open all the time and you could just go down on the field and throw a football, kick field goals and re-enact Desmond's "Hello Heisman" pose. It was the coolest thing a 9 year-old Michigan fan could do. It's a hell of a lot better than a stupid mascot or something like that. We'll see what they show (if they showed "The Sandlot" or "Remeber the Titains" or something like that, not terrible?), but I think this has the potential to be a decent new tradition. And who knows, maybe some of the players show up and it's a big "family" thing. The kids will not be talking about the scoreboards or a stupid t-shirt giveaway or any of that stuff, they'll be talking about how cool it was to sit on the field where their heroes play. That's the "wholesome" stuff that I can get behind as a way to grow ties to the program.
Being in the Big House stands with 115,000 screaming fans is incredible. Being on the field at the Big House with 000,000 people in the stands is a different, but equally cool experience.
*with this AD, this is not a 100% safe assumption.
|1 year 7 weeks ago||Natal?||
Any Natal-specific recommendations? We've all obviously heard that Rio can be very dangerous - is it the same with other smaller cities in the North like Natal and Recife? Any "must dos" in Natal (I've heard dune buggies are a thing). Really appreciate the insight you already shared.
|1 year 7 weeks ago||Agreed||
No offense, but unless Germany and Portugal both falter, I hope you only see two matches :-). That said, I've never been to a World Cup and I cannot wait to experience all the pageantry and excitement that goes with it. You're going to see some pretty great cities, too - will be quite the adventure.
|1 year 7 weeks ago||10 days in Brazil||
Yes! I'll be going to the US-Ghana match in Natal (I have extra tickets that I'm selling for face value + shipping if anyone needs them or knows someone who needs them) and then heading back to Rio for Spain-Chile and Russia-Belgium. Should be awesome.
I was pleased at how good we looked against Nigeria, so hoping for good things. Where are you staying?
|1 year 46 weeks ago||27-21||
Michigan wins 27-21.
|2 years 5 weeks ago||The Ballpark Tour||
I actually finished my 30th park on opening day this year - lots of great memories not just of the games/stadiums, but of the cities you'll visit, as well. I did the East Coast driving tour with my father in 2006 and can share some insight, if you'd like. Definitely helps to have more than one driver, as the nights can get unexpectedly long on I-95 if there's traffic (and there always is).
|2 years 10 weeks ago||16-5 in Top of 8th||
Crazy stat they just announced on BTN - Michigan scored 14 runs without an extra base hit until a 2-run double in the top of 8. Barry Larkin will be proud.
|2 years 10 weeks ago||Alumni Section||
Amex presale starts tomorrow at 10am, as well.
Anyone know whether the Alumni Association has a section? If so, please let the board know where it is. Really looking forward to this as last year was a blast.
|2 years 18 weeks ago||Need to Hit Open 3s||
This is painfully obvious, but GRIII/Stauskas will likely have a LOT of open 3-point attempts if we break the press and get the resulting 2 offensive players with 1 defender who tries to keep from getting dunked on. If we can hit a few of these early, it might take them out of their gameplan.
|2 years 18 weeks ago||New York Teams||
I submit to you, the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. They don't even know where they're from!
But seriously, the New York Jets/Giants don't even play in the state of New York. It's probably about the same time in transit at "Detroit" but the different state is funny. The Tampa Bay Rays play in St. Petersburg (in a crap hole, I might add), but that's a bit closer to TB.
|2 years 19 weeks ago||Glad to be Gone||
I was born and raised in Worthington, Ohio (Columbus suburb) and went to Michigan. Growing up there was great - schools good enough to get into UM out of state, safe community, good youth sports scene, plenty of activity - but after Michigan became a huge part of my life, it felt less and less like home. My allegiance to Michigan is extremely important to me and I felt like it was difficult to "be myself" and feel comfortable when I was at home for breaks. Sure, good-natured ribbing from my family doctor (OSU M.D.) and certain neighbors (most of whom were graduates) was exactly that - good-natured. The people that went to OSU (and were over 35 or had families) seemed to be proud of their school, respect the rivalry and go on about their business.
The problem is that, as Bob Ufer so eloquently said, Columbus is filled with OSU fans who just care about the sports, or worse, just football (Ufer: "10,000 alumni and 72,000 truck drivers"). These people honestly made it tough to go "home" to visit family during breaks. Going for a run in Michigan shorts would be met with yells from passing cars (once, I was even passed, and then someone turned around to throw a BP cup of soda at me). Going to Kroger in a jersey on game day would be met with taunts ranging from a playful "Go Bucks" to "Go back to Michigan" to "You suck" to "Fuck Michigan" to "Fuck you." The gas station attendant story above doesn't surprise me.
Not everyone respects the rivalry, which makes it much more difficult for those of us (including the OSU fans who, I'm sure, hate to be lumped in with the "truck drivers") who DO respect the rivalry. As much as I enjoyed my hometown, I would never move back there and being a Michigan alum is the only reason why. I don't want to feel unwelcome in my own home city.
This is not to say that you shouldn't move to Columbus because many OSU fans are deplorable. Just making sure you have another perspective and know what you're getting yourself into. I turned out okay and love Michigan having gone through all of that, but I also wouldn't choose to do it again.
Best of luck and congrats on the opportunity.
|2 years 27 weeks ago||What about||
the "Friday Frame." It's usually a one-frame drawing but it's now a fully-baked version. Also announcing "Stay tuned for The Friday Frame" sounds pretty good...
|2 years 28 weeks ago||YES!!||
UPTON! MUPPETS! MUPTON!
Bring 'em on!
|2 years 31 weeks ago||They should get a brain.||
|2 years 36 weeks ago||Fantastic Analysis||
This three-part series has been awesome to read. I understand that three consecutive plays in a game rarely have such an impact on the outcome, but if they do in the future, I'd love to see these "sequence" picture pages return.
|2 years 36 weeks ago||Mattison on Denard||
Leading up to his final home game, I'm sure we'll see hundreds of words written about Denard, his impact on the Michigan program these past four years and the type of person we all perceive him to be. But Greg Mattison summed it up perfectly:
"You want everything possibly good that could ever happen for him to happen."
|2 years 41 weeks ago||55-17 Good guys||
Let's do this.
|2 years 49 weeks ago||Video Edit||
I guess they edited this part out:
Doug: Jeremy, this is an interview, you don't have to pay me. This is $800.
Gallon: Soooo what, man? You earned that buck like a mothaf***er. Keep that s**t.
Gallon = Snoop Pearson still gets me every time I see Jeremy without a helmet.
|3 years 2 days ago||RUBAS||
I'm hoping hoping hoping that Johnny from RUBAS will write something "eulogizing" Denard's career. I'm sure Brian's tribute will be great, but Johnny's work during the 2005-07 seasons (specifically his handling of Mike Hart) was some of the best-written, most touching Michigan-related work I've ever read. If there is a bat signal for him, Brian, would you mind checking the light to make sure it works when we need him?
For the newbies, check him out here: http://umichedme.blogspot.com/
There's some Denard stuff on there now, but it's not enough - if there's one guy I want to capture and regurgitate Denard's career, it's Johnny.
|3 years 2 days ago||I don't know you, but I'll||
I don't know you, but I'll probably see you on the plane for the same reason.
|3 years 2 days ago||Couldn't agree more.||
I picked up a slug of tickets this morning for Iowa just so I could be there with some friends for Denard's senior day. That will really not be one to miss. He's an incredible ambassador of the program. His senior year reminds me of Red's speech in Shawshank Redemption after (spoiler alert) Andy escapes. "Some birds aren't meant to be caged; their feathers are just too bright... but still, the place you live in is that much more drab and empty that they're gone."
There will be others, but I don't think there will be another Denard.
|3 years 1 week ago||It's Crazy Zewski.||
It's Crazy Zewski.
|3 years 7 weeks ago||Excuse me, sir:||
I have Notre Dame fans on line two. They'd like a word...
|3 years 8 weeks ago||Senior Day||
The only problem about handing out legends patches against Ohio (or Iowa this year) is that, as the final home game of the season, it's Senior Day. It seems like Coach Hoke really makes Senior Day a big deal, so I don't know that he'd want to have another ceremony potentially upstage Senior Day. Mid-season ND or MSU seem like the right time to me, or potentially during the home game of the Pac-12 home-and-home series we are about to begin.
|3 years 10 weeks ago||Sauer||
How fantastic must Sauer have felt after getting run over, looking back and seeing JMFJ beating the living shit out of that dude? Talk about having your goalie's back. I don't tire of watching that clip.