I'VE HAD JUST ABOUT ENOUGH OF YOU SONNY
|2 days 13 hours ago||Great Thread and Good Comments||
I really enjoyed reading many of the comments in this thread. Very interesting. My youngest is 8 and has been hyper-competetive since birth. After witnessing Nebraska and watching Iowa, he had kind of checked out of the season.
We had an opportunity to watch pregame from the field this week and then watch the heart and soul the team put into this game. By the end of warmups, my son was totally engaged again and then rode the roller-coaster with the team.
Our family has now had two exceptional personal experiences despite losing efforts. Watching this team perform this way (as major underdogs) is a lesson I don't think my children will ever forget. All 3 are students first but also very athletic. The sophomore is a swimmer, the 7th grader a figure skater, and my son is a soccer player. They took something from that game I could have never explained to them.
We also were able to go to the Outback Bowl last year and were exiting near the spot where the players walked from the locker room to the busses after the loss. The way they carried themselves with grace and dignity despite a tough loss was truly impressive to me. I really believe there's a lot to learn from losing.
I'm not saying that a win wouldn't have been better. But this was the least bad loss of any I can remember. And I think the way the players are handling themselves in victory AND defeat is a testament to the very positive things about Brady Hoke.
|6 days 23 hours ago||Different Forms of Mediocrity||
For most of Carr's tenure, I spent time trying to tell people why they were wrong on the internet. It is one of the reasons I'm now a relatively infrequent poster. I used to be one of the top (well at least most frequent) posters on another blog prior to MGoBlog rising to prominence.
I thought Carr was a really good coach doing really good things. We didn't win a lot of national championships, but we contended twice in his 12 years and really had the goods in '97.
What I said then, and have said many times since is that Michigan was "more not bad" than any other team in the history of football. We weren't ever a "dynasty" kind of team, but as has been shown in the charts above, we were right there all the time. Prior to RichRod, the one thing we had that nobody else did, was our consistency of being really pretty good.
This drove many people bats#!^ crazy. LOTS of people HATED Carr, whoever the starting QB was, and whichever corner had given up the most recent "unexcusable" touchdown.
Why weren't we winning more national championships? Why weren't we #1 more often? Why did we lose to team X in bowlgame Y? For these fans, it was sort of like being a high-functioning alcoholic. We were capable of *lots* of stuff, but at the end of the day, we were still diseased (in the minds of these people).
I was pretty happy for most of that time (with 2007 being an obvious low). While being critical of a lot of individual choices Carr made, I was a huge supporter of the program and the tone that was set. I spent a lot of emotion and energy trying to defend what I thought was precious.
The RichRod era killed all that. It can be discussed and debated more than it already has, but whatever we had then died. In an attempt to become the next HUGE thing, we became more like everyone else. And we haven't picked ourselves up yet. For what it's worth, I thought RR never had a fair chance but also managed to shoot himself in the foot. I would have loved for his offense to take root here. But while that never got a chance to really happen, we also sucked at defense. This drove other people bats#!^ crazy and we fired RR and hired Hoke.
In 2011 we overachieved (anybody remember Brian and the days of Hoke uber alles?). 2012 was about right. In 2013 we've underachieved and, either as a symptom or because of it, regressed substantially as this year progressed.
Don't forget that Carr's first two years were no panacaea and that there were lots of comments from visiting teams that Michigan Stadium was not really that difficult a place to play. Despite the last vestiges of Bo, the exciting offenses of Mo, and everything else the program had going for it, we still managed to lose games the fans felt we shouldn't have.
Right now the mediocrity we are exhibiting is the same mediocrity many teams have faced. The open questions are whether Hoke is the guy to lead us out of this and whether the current staff is the right group to help him. I guess time will tell.
|1 week 5 hours ago||Great Idea||
Let's race to be the first one to be critical of a thread. That will *totally* help.
|1 week 5 hours ago||Press Conferences||
I think maybe they'll get Alex Lifeson for the press conferences. For those of you not familiar with some of his most recent work, you should click this link and skip forward to the 4:50 mark.
|2 weeks 11 hours ago||Confidence||
I think it is easier to maintain your confidence/cockiness when you have a positive feeback loop.
Even after the ND game that was in question. The end-zone pick-six was a poor decision with an even poorer result. A game in which we should have cruised to victory was then in doubt. That was followed by a pick-six the following week against...AKRON. After a bunch of turnovers in the first four games, the jokes online the first bye weekend were along the lines of, "At least we know Michigan won't be minus in the TO column this week! Ha Ha!"
I think all of that has collectively weighed heavily on Gardner. After the Nebraska game, my comment was that he was playing scared. Scared to take a hit; scared to throw an INT. After MSU/NEB my wife's comment was that he needed to get his Mojo back.
If nothing else the lack of negative feedback loops (the INTs against NW that *could* have happened but didn't) coupled with the two successful scrambles on 4th down on the last regulation drive, the OT success, and the win are hopefully the things he needs to get right in his head.
In the last few games of 2012, it was clear to me that compared to Denard, Gardner was more decisive about when to run and when to throw. That seemed to carry through into the first part of this year. In Michigan's struggles this year, I think all of that has him thinking too much right now. He doesn't have the confidence that whateevr he chooses will just, somehow, work. If he can get that back, he'll be the QB we all hoped he was.
|2 weeks 12 hours ago||Single Coverage/Deep Routes Question||
We sat in the Michigan section in the NE corner. For most of the game, we had a great perspective on not only how frequently our wideouts were in single coverage but also the depth and spacing of the safties.
As has been brought up many, many times, how do you not keep throwing high sideline passes to a single-covered Devin Funchess? Shouldn't that be an audible just about every time?
I understand the comment about deep routes needing time to develop and that time being precious especially considering the OL woes. What I don't understand is why you need the time... Isn't it just as effective to take a 3 step drop and throw in rhythm to a wideout on a fly pattern for 15 yards as it is to take a 7 step drop, wait, survey the coverage, wait some more, and throw a 35 yard pass? Actually, isn't it easier?
The argument against these passes, I think, is when your recievers are getting jammed on the line and the timing is hard for the quick pass. That hasn't seemed to happen since the MSU game.
My 8 year old son wants Devin to throw the ball on *every* play. (To be fair in his football viewing years, he's never seen a dominant Michgian tailback...) I'm not quite in that camp yet, but single coverage on Gallon, Funchess, or even Chesson should at least be an audibled deep ball at least 25% of the time. Right? or am I crazy?
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Not Convincing||
Well, it would be one thing if there were a tweak or a change for the entire season or "from this point forward" but that's explicitly NOT what they're doing if they go with an alternate. It is a one time attention/money grab.
I'm pretty sure the wings weren't added to the helmet for either one-time sales or to grab the recruits attention. To me the thing that's most frustrating is that they're using one of the iconic symbols of the program for a quick fix.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Fair Points||
Those are fair points. And thanks for taking the time (that I didn't) to look up Michigan's season stats for 3rd/4th and short for this season. Frankly, I'm surprised.
The thing is, though, I left the Nebraska game (thoroughly depressed and) thinking: "This might be the worst Michigan offensive line of all time." That's probably not at all fair, nor is it supported by any research. But, my GOD, has it been rough! And I guess that's why it felt so bad at the time. Also (as you haven't shied away from): Good HEAVENS the PLAYCALL!!!
After a day of futility, it just felt awful.
In the end it comes down to two binary outcomes:
1) We didn't get the first down. So that makes it feel worse. BUT: It wasn't surprising. Would I have taken the odds just before the play was run? Nope. But then again, they don't pay me to be head coach.
2) In the end, it didn't matter. We won. The ten of us that were at the game together were a lot happier about the outcome than we were unhappy with the go/no-go decision.
Thanks again for doing all the leg work.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Thanks for the Analysis||
Thanks for the great analysis as always. Some comments and questions:
1) Caveat about NW playing with a lead vs. playing from a tie aside, in the situation M was in, they could have kicked the FG and (with the wind) almost certainly gotten a touchback. Stopping NW 1st and 10 from deep is a *little* easier than stopping them 1st and 10 at the 25, but not much. I'd rather have the tie and a subsequent chance to play for the win if you got the ball back.
2) As others have noted, your analysis is spot-on. I can't disagree with any of the setup. The only question due consideration is the likelihood of getting the 4th down play. I think 30% is WAAAAY too generous. Remember, we were 0 for 13 on 3rd down conversions at that point in the game.
3) To me the question is the benefit of large numbers vs. binary outcomes. The percentages go away and you either have points or you don't; you have a tie or you don't; you have a lead or you don't. When do you consider the 57% historically for "teams" vs. A) Michigan, B) Michigan this season, C) Michigan this season, this day, vs. this team? Again, when you're evaluating the likelihood of making the first down vs. (C) it is different than vs. 57% success.
4) Also, consider this (again in the context of the game): Michigan had a sudden change in the form of the shanked punt which gave them 1st and goal at the 10 (just slightly worse than the outcome they were hoping for of 1st and 10 at the 4). What did they do with that gift? 4 plays, -2 yards, FG. sigh
I was at the game and it was wonderful to get the win and I'm very excited for the outcome. But I still think it was absolutely the wrong call. Your math confirms it for me. Thanks again!
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Hilarious||
The funniest thing for me about this is I'm thinking about the early '90s when people said we were stuck in the '70s...
|3 weeks 1 day ago||Late to the thread||
I'm late to the thread, but thoughts and prayers from here as well. Glad to hear the recovery started off well and best wishes for the future.
As others have said, this sure helps with perspective. Thanks for sharing with us.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||Technically...||
"Forget it. He's rolling."
But, good point, nonetheless.
|4 weeks 5 days ago||Hmmm. Opposite for me||
I've had pretty decent experiences in EL. I'll never go back to Columbus again. Fingers crossed that the trend continues.
|4 weeks 5 days ago||I'll be there||
Section 120, row 24; I'll have on a 15 away jersey. About two-thirds of the way up in the upper deck. Should be a good perspective on the field ;)
I'll be there with two of my three children and my brother-in-law. Hopefully my son's energy doesn't get us in trouble...
|5 weeks 3 days ago||Our Difference||
The one thing we did differently was never having them go to a game until they wanted to.
When my kids were younger, sometimes my wife would stay to manage the younger ones or some kid activity. My oldest knew that if she asked to come, the reason for going was to watch the game. We got to our seats before pregame and didn't leave until 0:00.
We now have 5 football tickets and when one of the kids can't make a game due to other activities they are very disappointed. They are now 15, 12, and 8. All three are huge fans and love being at any M game. My birthday present this coming February will be my wife and kids coming with me to hockey and basketball games on consecutive days in February. ALL five of us consider it a prize!
One thing I have to echo: trips to the M-Den are now dangerous. Hard to say, "No," to someone that looks that cute in the sweatshirt/t-shirt/hat/socks/etc./etc. My one daughter won't let anyone near her (now unavailable) MGoBlog Shoelace shirt.
|7 weeks 10 hours ago||Correction?||
I'm 95% sure that the tackle came on a fake punt by Denver. Denard was lined up in a safety like position (behind everyone else, but not back as the return man). The fake punt was a direct snap to an up man who immediately ran to his left. They got the first down, but Denard was there FAST with a solid, solid tackle.
I remember it because I was watching RedZone channel and watched the play a couple of times. The reason I'm not 100% sure is that there were a couple of guys in there and it is possible they didn't credit Denard in the stats.
|7 weeks 6 days ago||My Son||
My son is now 8 years old... 4+ years into being unable to say "Nick Saban" without putting "The Eeeeeevil" in front of it.
He also has a pavlovian response that makes him boo or at least scowl at anything Sparty or Ohio related.
All I need to know I learned from Homer.
|8 weeks 16 hours ago||Agreed||
Matt was in the MMB when I was and always was a high energy guy.
For years, he has brought his A-game and gotten wide applause for his routines with the alumni band. I too hope he gets well quickly.
|8 weeks 3 days ago||M - Minn||
I thought in our game yesterday, it was particularly bad. Not necessarily favorable or unfavorable for one team or the other, but it seemed like there were a half-dozen times where the two line judges were more than 1 yard apart.
Usually the line judges are pretty good about "signaling" to one another about who has more confidence by the guy who's less confident adjusting to where the other is.
Regarding the comments about the hilarious nature of measuring to a chain-link after an arbitrary spot: what's your alternative? There has to be a system. If the judges are unbiased, the spot should be favorable for the offense just as often as it is unfavorable. If the spot is therefore unbiased, then measuring is the best result you have.
One alternative I can think of is going to a system where it isn't first and 10, but first and "the next line" a-la 7-on-7 rules. This would fundamentally alter the nature of the game, though and, IMHO, be a bad idea.
|12 weeks 2 days ago||Two Things||
One: I'm not worried about Ohio yet.
Two: Jake Ryan will hopefully be back which gives the defense a lot more options.
Not sure why, other than Kelly arrogance, that they didn't run it more, but they seemed determined not to. We'll see how it goes with other teams.
|12 weeks 2 days ago||Very Nice||
Interesting stuff. Thanks for taking the time and sharing.
FYI, second passing chart should read "Avg. Passing Yards - Defense - Week 2." Right now both the Offense and Defense charts are labeled "Offense."
|12 weeks 2 days ago||Should be the Opposite -- MORE available||
Less a function of "because we paid so much for tickets" and moreso because we should be an example of the very best possible, I agree that this needs to get fixed.
I also agree that the reason they went full-screen was to hide the fact that there was no reliable information on the board. 2Blue4You has a great point that small boards with score, time, down, and distance should be in a few locations and *always* visible.
I would like to see the *opposite* of what we have today. Instead of the very basics, which are frequently unreliable:
Again, this should not be expensive to implement, it just needs to be done by experienced people who understand the intricacies of pulling and displaying information from the database (after all, all the numbers are recorded in real-time as the plays happen).
I know the FanVision devices weren't very popular, but they had all of this, and more (including as many replays as you wanted) available in real time. The technology exists...
|12 weeks 2 days ago||Outback Bowl||
At the Outback Bowl, there was an idiot trying to get the wave going, again (and again and AGAIN) despite us being down in the game. At one point, Lewan was hurt on the field and this joker was trying another round of the wave.
Even my 8 year old son yelled, "Don't you know you don't do the wave when we're losing?"
|12 weeks 2 days ago||Wave on Defense||
Should be on defense; but that's less important if the lead is huge.
I don't think of the wave in the same category as an "overrated" or "warm up the bus" chants. Those are last five-minute-with-insurmountable-lead kind of cheers. (Anyone who remembers '88 Miami knows what I mean.) I think of the wave as a frivolous distraction when things are going very well. The problem with starting it on offense is that it is *really* hard to keep going when there's a big play.
|12 weeks 2 days ago||Daily||
The Michigan Daily sports writing continues to impress (and dominate bigger, "professional," rags).
|12 weeks 3 days ago||Dark, not that dark||
Even with a dark image on the screens and almost all the lights off, it wasn't pitch black. Your eyes adjust pretty well. You certainly couldn't play football, but you could see the yardlines.
Mostly lots and lots of practice and knowing where the people are around you.
GREAT job by the band though. Just a wonderful show.
|12 weeks 5 days ago||Agree||
I like it, too. More detailed analysis is welcome. And in this case, I learned more about the type of play it was as well as what happened.
I didn't obsess about this game as much as I might have with some others and didn't watch it all over again. There were plenty of replays of the long pass, though -- so I had seen the ending a lot. My questions were: 1) Why didn't the PA get Reynolds more open?, and 2) Why were there four defenders back there?
This answered both of those questions and then some. Nice work.
|13 weeks 2 days ago||Official Words on the Topic||
Two Official emails:
|14 weeks 2 days ago||HOT HOT HOT||
That might be the hottest game I've ever been to at Michigan Stadium. For a time my wife had to go sit in the shade. At that point we'd been married just 29 days, now it is 18 years. It was well over 100 degrees on the field and, if I recall, they had just outlawed any liquids being brought in. The lines for the "free Absopure water" were super long and I think they ran out of bottled water. That lead to the period of time where you could bring in water, but only if it was in an unopened bottle.
One week later we were visiting my parents who lived on the TPC course at Avenel (in Northern VA). My dad and I were golfing and at the proshop they asked if we'd mind if a single joined us, which was no problem. The guy turned out to be 6'4" and built like a tank. He asked about my Michigan hat and if I'd gone there. Turned out he was a former linebacker for UVA. I was nervous for a moment, but he congratulated me on the win and turned out to be a really nice guy.
Anticlimactic story, bro.
|14 weeks 5 days ago||Temptation/War Chant||
Well, when I started in the MMB in '89 it was already an old tradition. For 10+ years after a 3rd down stop on Defense the band has played an excerpt from Temptation. Obviously both songs existed before the MMB played them, but because of the MMB arrangements, there is a uniquely "MMBish" sound to that particular refrain.
From the MMB Wikipedia article:
"Temptation" & "The Hawaiian War Chant"[edit source | edit]
"Temptation" and "The Hawaiian War Chant" are percussion features that have been played by the MMB for over 40 years. The cymbal line is highly featured with their acrobatic routine. "Temptation" is also played after the defense stops the opposition on third down and forces them to punt. Usually every Homecoming game, during the halftime show, both songs are played. Temptation is played first. Followed by "The Hawaiian War Chant," which is introduced by PA announcer Carl Grapentine saying, "Because you can't have one without the other, 'The Hawaiian War Chant.'" Until 1980, Temptation and the Hawaiian War Chant were generally not played together in a season until the Homecoming game, when the Alumni Band (“the Blast from the Past”) would join in. Before Homecoming, in those years prior to 1980, the band would play Temptation, then the PA announcer would usually say that fans would have to wait for the other. Both percussion features have long been fan favorites. During the post-game band show, when it comes time for Temptation, the Drum Major will walk into the band, as the front lines of the formation part, to bring the percussion section forward. This always causes band fans to cheer in anticipation.
|15 weeks 5 days ago||Decision Time||
This is always decision time for me each season. Based on the numbers I have, I try to pick a horse to ride for the season. So time to go roster checking:
I like wearing home for home and away for away. Home Jerseys:
#6 Tyrone Wheatley jersey from waaay back in the day, now Ramon Taylor and Brian Cleary (wore this for years, especially nice as a Victor Hobson or Donovan Warren)
#23 Authentic from when Chris Perry was playing, now Dennis Norfleet
#32 Authentic from when Anthony Thomas was playing, now Shaun Austin
#2 100th game M-OSU commemorative, don't wear this much, now not used
#16 UTL jersey, my wife bought it for me and it has grown on me a lot; may wear for UTL II
Pretty sure I'll go with #23 this year.
Side note: When you go to the footbal statistics archive at MGoBlue.com and search for Kovacs, his jersey now comes up as "2B." Friggin' unintended consequences of this whole "Legends" thing...
|17 weeks 1 day ago||Hept?||
|19 weeks 1 day ago||Rats!||
Too bad we don't have Denard around any more. He could have carried the signals...
|20 weeks 4 days ago||Nook Hardware||
I have had one of the original Nooks since they first came out and love it. I also have the Nook app for my iPad, and my daughter has a Nook Color.
That being said, make sure you know what you're getting into. The tablet is a good product and has a lot of nice features, but B&N is exiting the tablet business. So from a long term support standpoint, I'm not sure what you're getting into.
I'm also not sure what is going to happen with my Nook library (which is pretty extensive). Knowing the B&N wants to keep its customers, I suspect the libraries will be supported for a long time (they're exiting the hardware part of the business, not the e-book part of the business -- which has been profitable for them).
No judgment either way, I just wanted you to be aware of the facts.
|25 weeks 11 hours ago||Not an Obligation, but a Privilege||
As others have said: Kudos to you, sir, for doing it right!
My wife and I are both alums and huge fans. For the kids, we never made UM sports an obligation, but we treated it as a privilege. After being "allowed" to go to a couple games, my oldest started getting upset about not being able to go to the "important" games. One season she went to her first MSU game; by two years ago she got to go to UTL. By then she was hooked.
Now, both daughters and my son are completely into both football and basketball; still working on hockey. We don't get to many basketball or hockey games, but are fortunate enough to have five tickets for football.
The point is: you can't make them care about it, but when they do, it truly is a special bond. Sharing Michigan memories with my college roomates, my wife, and now my children is one of the best parts of my life.
|25 weeks 12 hours ago||Eh||
You kind of can't control it anyway.
My oldest daughter is 15, younger daughter is 12, and son is 8. The biggest internet issue we've had is is with my son searching for Lego and Minecraft YouTubes and finding other stuff. But if you shield them from it forever, they won't know how to cope in the real world.
As for the OP, I'm with you, man. My girls bleed Maize and Blue. In Feb of '12 my wife and I were in AA for the weekend. We were at Yost on Friday and the M-OSU basketball game on Saturday. Both times my daughter was on twitter letting us know by text where Denard and 'Tree were and when they got to the games.
My older one actually knew about Peppers before I did. We were in the car driving home, my wife read me the update, I yelled out "Yes!" and my daughter said, "Oh yeah, I saw it about 45 minutes ago. I just figured you knew."!
|28 weeks 14 hours ago||Band Travel||
The MMB and its travel is about to get more complicated.
In the past, with MSU and Ohio on alternating years, the band always went to that game. Typically, the band would always also travel to ND and any bowl game. With ND, MSU, and Ohio now in the same year, the band has hard choices to make in 2014. Three road games in one season is a lot.
Planning to travel to significantly more games, like Ohio is, requires quite an effort in terms of planning and commitment above and beyond the dollar cost. I'll be curious to see what unfolds.
I'm expecting the MMB to only travel to Lansing this year. I expect they would plan to attend the B1G championship game if the team made it, but I don't know. That's a busy time for students as well.
|28 weeks 1 day ago||Exactly||
Even if GRIII and McGary are good, good friends, if the media is giving all the love to Mitch, maybe GRIII works that much harder. The good news is that because they're such good friends, I don't think it turns into any kind of rivalary, but rather a mutually beneficial motivator.
|28 weeks 1 day ago||One word||
|29 weeks 1 day ago||All Well and Good||
But who gets Bean?
|29 weeks 5 days ago||Opposite Plan||
Well, I was pretty dumb about my application plan. Unlike the OP, I limited myself to only applications that had a single one-page essay or less. My family is from Michigan, but I grew up all over the US and spent most of my time in high school in Texas.
I ended up applying to, and getting accepted to, Michigan, MSU, Texas, and Texas A&M. Back then, if you sent your SAT scores to UT and TAMU, that qualified as your application; admission was determined by a sliding scale that included HS GPA and SAT score.
Considering the curriculum and grades I had in HS, maybe I should have applied other places. But I had toured Michigan with a family friend the summer before my senior year of HS. There really was no other school I wanted to attend.
By the time I received my accptance letter the only decision was M or MSU. My dad went to MSU and my best friend applied there. If he had gotten in, we probably both would have went, but he didn't. The decision was finalized well before Thanksgiving.
Knowing I was going to Michigan and watching the teams go to a Rose Bowl and then win the national championship in basketball just capped off what was a great end to my high school graduation year of 1989.
The only other decision I had to make was whether or not to try out for the Michigan Marching Band. Long story long: I did. After 3 Rose Bowls in 4 years with a Gator Bowl in the middle, I think I made the right choice! Interestingly enough, it wasn't until the fall of 1993, after I graduated, that I entered Michigan stadium for the first time NOT via the Tunnel.
|30 weeks 5 days ago||Yup||
I have the Delta card and the Chase Sapphire.
If you're a regular flier, and fly Delta a lot, the Amex is great. Otherwise, as mentioned in another post, the Amex cash back card is great, too.
We then use the Sapphire in those circumstances when AMEX isn't accepted.
|30 weeks 5 days ago||Section||
As for what section, I absolutely love my current seats. We're fortunate enough to be in the front row of the West Side Chairbacks. Section 25. I think they're the best seats in the Big House.
|30 weeks 5 days ago||Math...||
Gotta do some math:
All home games, ND, MSU, OSU, Bowl Games from '89 - 92 except 1/1/90 Rose Bowl when I was in school in the marching band. So that's, I think 33.
One or two a year at home, plus two PSU games from '93 - '97 when I lived out East and was in Biz school in Pittsburgh, so let's call that 10 more.
From '98 through '12, all or all but one home games every year, plus Nebraska and the Bowl game last year. So assuming 7 per year + 2 that's another 107.
Hard to say without spending a lot of time in the wayback machine, but I would guess a cool 150 games.
Good living if you can get it!
|30 weeks 6 days ago||Was it Over When the Germans Bombed Pearl Harbor?||
And it ain't over now.
|31 weeks 1 day ago||Frustrating. But real.||
I'm no lawyer, but I think this is one of the few rational posts on this thread.
The law of the land is pretty clear, even if we don't like it. To the poster above who said, "Litigate!" I ask, "Litigate what?"
Even if we feel differently, by law we don't own these broadcasts. In fact there is a disclaimer at the end of every one of them affirming that we don't.
Another unfortunate offshoot of these laws is that it is incumbent on a person or company to protect their intellectual property. If they don't, it becomes part of the public domain. If a content owner could be shown to have known about this and not acted, they could lose their rights to profit from their work.
An interesting counter-example is HBO-Go. Right now on HBO-Go, if you're a subscriber, you can watch tons and tons and tons of content. It isn't free, but there's a lot there that HBO is making available.
What we need is B1G, ESPN/ABC, Michigan and others to get organized and host all this content online. If it seems like that would be expensive, well, that's the point... If there isn't money it it, then a company won't do it. For those of you complaining about the ads on the YouTube pages, how do you think Google/YouTube are making money if not from ads? Without money, the services go away. Even if cloud storage is cheap and efficient, somebody's got to pay for it.
A happy medium would be if content owners could somehow see a small benefit from something like Thorin's work and allow the postings to stand on YouTube as long as they are only used for non-commercial purposes. But copyright law and copyright lawyers make this hard to implement practically.
|31 weeks 1 day ago||Football - Yes, Basketball - ?||
M-Den does custom jerseys for football, but I don't think they do them for basketball.
|31 weeks 5 days ago||T||
You have H for Harmon, who is T for Tom? Also Harmon?
Maybe T for Tshimanga "Touchdown Tim" Biakabutuka
Also: Where's Schembechler?
|31 weeks 5 days ago||Congrats and Good Luck!||
I never cease to be amazed at the doors that have opened as a result of my U of M degree. Now: walk through and make something happen.
Congrats and GO BLUE!
|32 weeks 2 hours ago||Mesmerizing||
I couldn't turn away.
|32 weeks 1 day ago||Oh man...||
The discussion just went into plaid.
|32 weeks 6 days ago||Correct||
This is correct. CRISP goes back to well before phone or online registration. It's just that there was a computer operator who actually entered your requests into the system.
By the time I got to school (fall of '89) LSA and other schools were separate. Engineers had to register in person, at a particular time, on North Campus.
Part of why I remember these details so well is that in late March of 1992, my wife (then girlfriend) went to the Final Four in Minneapolis with a friend while I stayed in Ann Arbor because my CRISP time was at 8:00 in the morning the Monday of the National Championship game. If I had missed that time, I might not have gotten the classes I needed to graduate the following year.
At least we got to go to New Orleans the next year!
|33 weeks 11 hours ago||We'll miss you Tim||
And ESPN/B1G Network will miss knowing exactly to whom the camera should pan when we needed to see what TH Sr thought about things...
I think Brian's assessment is right: he probably wasn't going to move up to a lottery pick no matter what he did next year. After all, Kentucky will have another six guys competing for those spots.
For THJ, one more year of college won't be the determining factor in whether or not he will make it as an NBA player; his ability to adapt to that game and other NBA players (and ability to stay healthy) will be.
|33 weeks 1 day ago||Agreed||
If I recall, it was 3 players (Tripp, Tony, and ????) in 3 consecutive games there. The Metrodome turf was the WORST at the time. In places you could see corners of the turf coming up with the slab of concrete visible.
|33 weeks 1 day ago||Maybe...||
...slightly more douchey because he actively chose *not* to play one of those years. Obviously a personal decision as to whether or not to go pro, and he did get drafted.
Really hard to say because if he felt like he wasn't benefitting from the coaching and/or playing experience, he just needed to leave. And I guess that's kind of the point.
|33 weeks 1 day ago||Hmmm||
Wasn't it the Gopher astroturf?
|33 weeks 3 days ago||Godspeed...||
...farewell, and Go Blue.
|33 weeks 6 days ago||Another Opinion||
Email me: mvpgoblue at gmail dot com
|34 weeks 15 hours ago||First Oldipo, now Zeller||
All we need now is for Crean to go with them.
|35 weeks 2 days ago||My Experience||
Well, my experience is 20 long years ago in New Orleans.
First, the Final Four is not like the regionals. It is more of a Super Bowl environment. There are a ton of people that go to the Final Four every year no matter who is playing. That being said, there are scalped tickets to be found. StubHub now being a thing, I suspect, makes this way easier (and makes the market more efficient -- this could work for you or against you).
Second, I agree with Coach Schiano... We were in the nosebleeds of the Superdome and the games were pretty far away from us. It wasn't *bad* but it was far.
Good luck and have fun!
|35 weeks 2 days ago||Belushi's||
We watched the M-Kansas game at the bar in DTW and got to London Saturday morning.
My parents stayed at the hotel with the kids last night and we went to a bar in London Bridge called "Belushi's." Seems like they specialize in a lot of American sports. There was a group of about a dozen that seemed like regulars and several more. My wife and I made friends with 3 current Ross Business School students that are here for a 7 week assignment.
Needless to say, we had a blast. Beer was good, appetizer plate we had was decent, and the game was awesome.
From what I can gather, Belushi's has about 5 locations in London that show games as well as several others in England and Western Europe. On short notice, it was a home run for us. We're staying right near the London Eye, and it was just two tube stops and a short walk away, and we felt very safe the whole time. Highly recommended.
Also, this site seemed to have a lot of information:
Good luck. Hopefully, our flight Saturday morning isn't delayed!!!!
|35 weeks 3 days ago||Like so many others...||
...I say congratulations and best wishes for your son.
Nothing is scarier to me than a sick child. My son had nowhere near the problems yours does, but has dealt with asthma all of his 8 years. Now he cheers for Michigan almost as loudly as I do, working those lungs like crazy.
Kids are amazingly tough and here's to hoping yours puts these challenges behind him as soon as possible. Thoughts and prayers for all the best.
|36 weeks 16 hours ago||Same Thought||
When I saw the headline, I had the same thought. My brain went to, "They can't think about expanding the footprint to FLORIDA, can they?" And then, "They've only had basketball for a few years."
Fortunately, I think we're safe. ish.
|37 weeks 5 days ago||And an uncalled traveling||
Also, IU's next rebound was a travel that went uncalled. Oh well, IU was up a lot so why bother officiating?
|37 weeks 5 days ago||Well...||
...Zubaz shorts, no sleeves.
|37 weeks 5 days ago||Uniformzzz?||
Jalen in the ESPN studio just hinted there will be Uniformzz being worn. [Averts eyes]
|37 weeks 5 days ago||The Point is Moot||
I'd love to wish him success in whatever he decides to do, but with Kovacs that seems irrelevant. If there was ever a better example of working hard and making your own luck, I can't think of it. I think through this, he has learned how to be successful in whatever he does.
When you start to get jaded and wonder if the business and media and hype around college sports outweigh the value of the student-athlete experience and opportunity, think of Kovacs.
Sheer determination *might* not be enough to get him to a long productive NFL career, but whether it does or doesn't, I'm confident he will continue to exceed peoples' expectations.
|37 weeks 6 days ago||Rocket||
Or as one of my friends would say, "The great Irish Catholic, Raghib Ismail."
That has to be the coldest season operner ever. Cold on the field; cold in my soul.
|37 weeks 6 days ago||Me Too||
'89 was my Freshman year as well. Hell of a run: 3 Rose Bowls in 4 years, two Final Fours, and some amazing hockey teams.
But, heavens yes, do I feel old.
|37 weeks 6 days ago||Close Second||
The United Center was sold out weeks ago, and conference officials just started selling standing-room-only tickets (flopping-room-only tickets for Indiana fans).
|37 weeks 6 days ago||Agreed||
Officially John is retriing after 21 years of service to the alumni band, but he's been involved with Michigan for even longer. My frist encounter was as a freshman in the MMB in 1989 -- almsot 24 years ago.
A buddy and I have a favorite Wilkins quote (admonishing us to play louder, with FOCUS), "I WANT YOU TO PART MY HAIR!"
Great guy, and as Bando says, you just can't find a guy with more inspiring energy.
Note that, as far as I know, Wilkins has been doing this on a volunteer basis this whole time.
|37 weeks 6 days ago||Mixed complaint alert||
Zumba = Latin dance exercise
Zubaz = 1990is multi-colored tiger-print pants
|38 weeks 12 hours ago||Ball-Man-You||
When we're trying to teach our second graders defense, that's the phrase. The three things you need to see are the ball, your man, and you (which means your hands need to be UP). If you can stay between your guy and the basket and see Ball-Man-You you're doing it right (until you need to learn how to front a guy...).
|38 weeks 5 days ago||Same!||
I used to post there a TON and spent all my time responding to and refuting idiots. I sought out something different and found MGoBlog. The content was so good, though, that I mostly just read and haven't spent much time posting on the boards (and got part of my life back...).
|38 weeks 5 days ago||I Stand Corrected||
Yeah, I think you're right. It wasn't that it kicked off the scoring drought for us, it was that it led to Purdue's first points. Either way, I think the discussion is a good one.
Regarding THJ, Brian's point about THJ seeming to have issues when he's actually doing quite well applies here. It isn't at all that this was one of many things THJ did that were bad, just that it seemed like a missed opportunity. Overall, it was a good game from Timmy.
|38 weeks 5 days ago||Agree||
I agree with this. I've seen it a number of times from THJ, which is mostly why I started the thread.
Stauskas is a different case. He's obviously trying to be agressive and get to the hoop -- and he can do it. He either needs to get a little bit better at it (which partly comes from in-game experience) or a little more realistic about his ability to get off a quality shot. Sometimes he tries, but ends up with a really wild (bad) effort.
I'm more inclined to say, "Burke can do what he wants to do," with his stats, leadership, and confidence.
|38 weeks 5 days ago||GRIII||
Maybe it is a lack of confidence in GRIII in traffic (not making the bounce pass). And I agree that you expect the layup to fall (or to draw the foul). Notice however, that at a reasonably important time in the game last night, Burke did make the pass to Spike. It wouldn't be hard to think about a little less confidence in Spike's ability to finish than GRIII, but Burke made the pass anyway.
|38 weeks 5 days ago||Yup||
Now that you say it, I was, too. I was thinking about how much that would have demoralized the Purdue players AND fans.
|38 weeks 5 days ago||1 Comment, 1 Question||
First, like another poster, I was watching his left. He did have at least a couple of left handed plays, but did also take a couple layups from the left with his right hand. And he clearly prefers driving right. [/High class problems]
Question: I don't know much at all about hoops recruiting...who's #23? The dude on the back end of all those ally-oops and easy dunks off Walton feeds... Seems like a player in his own right.
|40 weeks 1 day ago||Sweep the Leg!||
Sweep the Leg!
|40 weeks 1 day ago||Who Cares?||
It is at 4 PM on the Sunday before classes start again the next day. Do not panic! Crisler will be hopping!
And, as an added bonus for me...I'll be there!
|42 weeks 6 days ago||In High School...||
...Rudy came off the bench behind my dad.
/Cool Story Bro
|43 weeks 2 days ago||This.||
Those Outback numbers sucked, and I fear these will be just as bad. The court is obviously a lot smaller than a football field, and you'll have direct indoor lighting, but I fear for the worst. Not a fan.
|43 weeks 2 days ago||Thanks||
That's a great story. Again, I'm just amazed by the patience and attitudes of these players. Just a great event, made possible by wonderful kids.
My son wore his T-Shirt to school today!
|43 weeks 3 days ago||Awful||
Lean said it was an awful ten(!) days.
|43 weeks 3 days ago||Yeah, 16s Everywhere!||
There were a ton of 16 jerseys, but Denard was at the M-Den for an event. Devin seems to have taken a leadership role and is embracing it.
There was one kid in what appeared to be an Ohio jersey, but under closer inspection was wearing a 49ers Gore jersey. Still, it got a lot of double-takes.
|43 weeks 3 days ago||Yes...||
Both looked big. Magnuson and Kalis, too.
|43 weeks 3 days ago||Not Working?||
I get a "This Content is Currently Unavailable" message, but no option to join. Maybe something to do with the secret group?
|45 weeks 1 day ago||Seniority||
Also, in the absence of a clear need for the younger player, you give the more experienced player the starting nod (and recognition) to show the value you put on the extra time they've put in and commitment they've demonstrated.
I think coach Beilein is doing so many things right in this regard. When players have left early, he's supported them in their decisions but when players have stayed they've been rewarded for learning and contributing to the system. There's a place on a Beilein team for both, which sends a great message to all sorts of recruits.
|45 weeks 5 days ago||Sort Of...||
I think they're a little different. But the M-Den has two styles of "WE ON" shirt.
|46 weeks 4 days ago||Yes||
Yeah, this was my point.
Wait until football is over and wait to see what kind of person the man is in the community. It is a fine line. Obviously Desmond is still pretty young and fits, in my mind, what it means to be a Michigan Legend. You want to acknowledge and celebrate that. But you also don't want to have a Michigan Legend that later has problems or isn't the type of representative you want.
|46 weeks 4 days ago||Make SURE you understand policies||
My advice: Make sure you understand your company's social media policies.
Obviously you don't want to use work time or your work email for your blog, but more and more companies are putting in place rules about what their employees can do as far as referencing their job, mentioning their job on blogs/boards/facebook/twitter.
I don't think you're doing anything wrong; I'm just suggesting you proactively understand it as you consider your new hobby.
|46 weeks 4 days ago||Priority Points?||
I think it is also a question of how many priority points you have.
Depending on how regular, and how large, your donations are, the athletic department/ticket office may be able to do something. If $ is not the issue, I'm wondering if you're a premium ticket holder now. If you are, you can call the premium ticket line and see if there's anything they can do to help.
If not, I agree with posters above -- 2 blocks of 4 on StubHub.
|46 weeks 5 days ago||Love, love, LOVE me some Denard, but...||
I think there should be some form of the statue rule in place (i.e. no statue gets erected until you're dead).
I hope for, and expect, nothing but greatness from Denard. But let's not put even more pressure on him by calling him a "Legend" until at least his NFL playing days are over.
For me, the ultimate Denard memory came from my son at our first Michigan soccer game together. Nick was 6 at the time, and a beginning soccer player himself. We were talking about strategy and passing the ball, sometimes backwards. I told my son, "You see, they pass the ball because a pass can go faster than the players can go." He responded, "The ball doesn't go faster than ALL the players." I said, "Yeah, the ball goes faster than all the players." My son said, "It doesn't go faster than Denard." True that, son. True that.
|47 weeks 13 hours ago||Yeah, but...||
...how much of Lewan's getting better was from getting a year older and how much of it was from experience on the field? I'd speculate about 75% from the experience.
|47 weeks 1 day ago||Fab Five Comparison||
Graduating in '93, I got to see a ton of the Fab 5. It is true that in some ways they underachieved (no Natn'l championships, no Big 10 championships, blocking balls too far out of bounds [Bill Walton anyone?], etc.) but they *were* truly spectacular. I don't think you can begin to understand the combined athleticism.
This year there have been multiple conversations about, "Michigan has been PRACTICING ally-oops this year!" and the like. The Fab Five never gave the impression that they practiced ANYthing. They exuded cool. And power. And swagger. And style. All of it. Fisher didn't as much coach the team as he just tried to harness it so it went in the same direction.
I remember so many plays where I'd think, "No, no...no ... ... no ... NoNoNo ... YES!" But there were many times where it didn't work out also.
With all that said, this team, this year, is TOTALLY different. On Sunday against Iowa, I was never really concerned about any point in the first half. And the players? Smooth. They understand the system, have completely bought into it and each other, and are so uniquely capable of executing it.
They were down 7. Then there was a couple of lead changes. Then it was halftime and they were up. ELEVEN. And never looked back. It was ultimately a thorough and complete dismantling of Iowa. The Fab Five era was about volatility; up or down, but rarely sideways. Bielein feels like the opposite of that.
We'll learn a lot more on Sunday. And I'm SO looking forward to enjoying the ride.
|47 weeks 4 days ago||Me Three||
I completely agree.
|47 weeks 6 days ago||Also different||
We had a great experience. The outcome of the game sucked, but everything else was great.
We paid up for the club seats through the athletic department. This was probably stupid, but vs the total cost of the trip wasn't abad add. I almost never leave my seat during thegame, but my wife and kids liked having access to the club area. I agree that the scoreboards are beyond awful, but this is just a reminder of how good we have it a Michigan Stadium.
The fans around us were all good except for the idiot trying to start the wave when we were A) losing and B) on offense. sigh.
We parked reasonably close at the community college for $10. Before and after, we were at a great hotel my brilliant wife found in Clearwater beach. We walked to the beach day, and drove into Ybor City for the parade. After marching in two Rose Parades, I hate almost *any* parade, but this one was a pleasant surprise. I found the pep rally to be a waste of time, but what the hell.
As I SIAP, the thing that made me the most proud was our players after the game. I have about a dozen pics with various players with my kids (and one with my wife with Gallon, her women's football academy coach) in which the players were magnanimous in defeat. Being able to show my athletic 8 year old son how to carry yourself after losing was worth every dollar we spent on the trip. All these guys were required to do was to walk onto a bus, but they stopped, talked, signed autographs, and even smiled. I don't know if I've ever been prouder to be a Wolverine.
|48 weeks 17 hours ago||Exactly||
I think this sums it up perfectly. The only thing the uniforms proved to be was a money grab.
|48 weeks 1 day ago||Great Experience, Crappy Result||
Not too much to add. I agree with many comments already made. Early on, this game could have been lost, but they fought and fought and fought. A couple of things I haven't seen here:
Two comments to reiterate. The "inspirational loss" comment above rings very true. And OMFG were the jerseys awful!!!!! It was impossible to read the numbers on the field, and we had pretty good seats.
|49 weeks 7 hours ago||From Here Too||
I didn't spend any time on the blog in the last day or two... Just saw this. Thoughts and prayers from all of us, including Maizey our beloved Golden Retriever. Glad to hear the good news updates -- we'll keep praying, though.
|50 weeks 6 days ago||Thanks||
I know next to nothing medically, but these write-ups are always very informative and interesting to me. As I do some youth basketball and soccer coaching, it is also always good to know more than less...
Please keep them coming!
|50 weeks 6 days ago||Duh||
The internal investigation clearly revealed that nothing wrong ever happened. In fact, it is an insult for you to ask the question!
|50 weeks 6 days ago||Um...yeah.||
Well, people do it all the time. In fact, I'm doing it right now.
I recently started a new job, but my replacement for my old job hasn't been named yet. In the interim, I'm doing both. And believe me, I'm not getting two paychecks!
I don't think it is wrong or unfiar, but in a FOIA world, all this stuff will come to light, and it will never play well.
Also, I can think of lots of situations where someone has taken an interim role for $1 while a permanent replacement is found. Certainly seems to be the classier/high road approach.
|51 weeks 5 days ago||Good Outcomes||
As my wife said...
Even if this were to only good thing to come out of the RichRod era (and I don't think it is), all the frustration would be worth it to know that it got Barwis and Brock together.
|51 weeks 6 days ago||Argh||
I just took my seven year old son there for the first time this season. He thought it was perfectly reasonable to wait in line 45 minutes for the burger he got. I had another generation converted.
His was a double with cheese and ketchup, mine was a triple with bacon, egg, jalepeno, banana peppers, lettuce, tomato, and ketchup. I got the onion rings; he got the fries and we shared. And he got his own bottle of root beer. Perfect end to a great day.
Even if there is a new home, it won't be the same.
Krazy Jim's Blimpy Burger -- Cheaper than food.
|51 weeks 6 days ago||I disagree||
This is where I beg to differ. If the NCAA didn't like being made to look the fool, they could have taken much more severe action at any point in the process.
OSU has repeatedly thumbed its nose at the NCAA throughout this process. They hid what they knew, delayed reporting, carried out a sham internal investigation, tried to protect Tressell, and then lightly self imposed.
After it was all said and done, they repeatedly implied that they didn't even deserve what they got.
Now OSU's "achievements through adversity" are being celebrated (along with the tribute they just paid to Tressell).
All of this is equivalent to speeding past a cop, refusing to pull over for 5 miles, arguing with with the cop about the infraction, tearing up the ticket and throwing it out the window, and then spinning the tires as you speed away with the radio blaring.
The sheer audacity is amazing to me and highlights at least the appearance of impropriety specific to the relationshp Gee has with particular members of the NCAA. I know I'm biased, but I just don't get it.
Michigan's penalties for a minor infraction of the letter of the law seem almost as bad as OSU's penalties for GROSS violations of the spirit of the law.
|1 year 1 day ago||Secret's OUT!!||
Turns out *BRIAN* is THE KNOWLEDGE. Should've seen it sooner...
|1 year 2 weeks ago||Yes. Same problem.||
Yes. Same problem.
|1 year 4 weeks ago||Hail.||
Completely agree with those commenting that being a part of the team and earning his degree counts as a success. My first thought when reading the post title was, unfortunately, "Well, I hope that's not one more negative statistic affecting our graduation rate."
How mistaken I was. Earning a degree in 3 years, no matter how much you had in the way of AP credit is a significant accomplishment. He might not have been a playing contributor on the team, but he helped with Michgan's success. It isn't his fault that he was offered the scholarship; the fact that he took it and turned it into a degree and a future, though, is all on him.
|1 year 5 weeks ago||Positive here too||
It was borderline disconcerting. Almost like a cult, but a football loving cult.
We had some friends and connections. As we moved between a couple of tailgates, people insisted on getting us more beers and food!
We had several encounters with fans eager to discuss their trips to Ann Arbor last year. Seems that everyone looks forward to many more games to come.
We passed a painted bus that had a couple of Michigan dummies made up to look like Denard and Gallon. When we went to take a picture, they flipped us off. That was about the most negative thing that happened.
A the game we had a very loud, engaged female fan who apologized in advance that she would be loud and into the game. I tend to be the same way, and my buddy turned to her and said, "YOU are apologizing to HIM???" The banter and conversation during the game was really friendly. I was disappointed with the result, but the experience was great.
|1 year 6 weeks ago||UT||
UT-Austin is indeed a good engineering school. Plus, it is close to the Gulf coast where many companies recruting for Chemical and Mechanical Engineers are located.
Also on the Michigan front, back in the day (on the hoops side), James Voskuil got an Aeronautical Engineering degree.
|1 year 6 weeks ago||Must restore order Four is||
Must restore order
Four is way too friggin' many
Run Denard, run fast
|1 year 6 weeks ago||Follow-up Question||
So...Harbaugh asks for the measurement and they are short. Decline pentalty, SF Ball. Game over.
But wait...then they review the play for the spot.
What happens if the spot is overturned? Now that the penalty has been declined, can Harbaugh go back and un-decline the penalty?
|1 year 6 weeks ago||Yep||
Couldn't agree more. The funny thing is that the crack commentators didn't get it AT ALL. I'm convinced that they had someone talking in their ears explaining it and it *still* took a while.
Even so, I was thinking about how many people were angry/thrilled sitting there with their betting slips in hand.
|1 year 8 weeks ago||Not You||
My post just followed yours; it wasn't a direct comment on yours. I was talking about so many of the other follow ups on the thread. I thought youre commetn was right on.
|1 year 8 weeks ago||Why So Snarky?||
Frustrating that there is so much snark on a relatively innocent question. It's not like the OP asked about Kovacs' favorite Care Bear or something irrelevant.
Agreed that it is great that not many plays got into the secondary. But for as many people spend post after post complaining about stupid or pointless topics, there's just as many people that had stupid or pointless responses to the OP. After about the 3rd comment detailing that the lack of safety tackles is a good thing, I think we have it covered.
There is a legitimate outstanding question about Kovacs' condition. The board, with many posters that might have insight they can share seems like an appropriate place for the topic.
|1 year 10 weeks ago||Of All Those||
Of all those, I can't get over:
|1 year 12 weeks ago||Us too; me too||
We're pretty close to the same spot. It is horribly frustrating.
I know they're trying to do what's best for the stadium, but being close makes it awful. Pregame and halftime sound great, but everything from Temptation (3rd down stop) to The Victors, to Let's Go Blue! is impossible to enjoy.
Having been in the band part of why we sit where we do is to have great sound and sightlines for the band on the field. But the micing (sp?) of the band is not working for us. And it seems to be worse than last year.
|1 year 12 weeks ago||Forward Motion||
I thought there were several plays where there was a player in forward motion when the ball was snapped, the most egregious being the TD. Even if it was only one play, HOW does that get missed???
I forgot to TiVo the game, but i watched the replay of the TD several times on a FanVision and AF very much seemed to have a guy moving forward,
|1 year 14 weeks ago||Keep it close at first Shock||
Keep it close at first
Shock them at the end; the
TEAM, the TEAM, the TEAM!
|1 year 15 weeks ago||Wow||
I don't ever recall seeing the foldout messed up like that before. What game was this?
|1 year 15 weeks ago||Me too...||
For me though, not *quite* 20. My last one was January 1, 1993. It is also one of the reasons we sit on the home side of the stadium.
I think of it as a wall of sound introducing the band and truly starting the gameday experience. The echoes of The Victors and the fact that it has endured as long as it has connect so many generations of fans and MMB alums.
|1 year 15 weeks ago||More like...||
...welcome to the 20th century. I love the Masters, but this has been a long time coming.
|1 year 15 weeks ago||Long Time||
Almost 20 years since I've played pool in the Union. Back in in the day there were snooker tables in there which was pretty cool. My dad grew up playing snooker so I knew the rules, but never knew how hard it was to play on a giant table that has tiny pockets with rounded corners. However, it makes the pockets on a bar pool table look like 5-gallon buckets.
|1 year 15 weeks ago||Good point||
Because clearly girls are less needy and less deserving. Well thought out statement.
|1 year 15 weeks ago||Wow||
We live in Midland, a few miles away from Saginaw. Our daughter is entering 9th grade and has pay to play fees for her swimming this fall. Last night I said to my wife, "We are so fortunate to be able to afford these fees. It is awful that there are kids that won't participate in sports because if them."
Rather than just think about it, Woodley took action. What a great guy. He has been coming back to Saginaw and doing a free football camp/cliic for years as well as lots of other activity supporting his hometown.
Makes me very proud.
|1 year 15 weeks ago||New Policy This Year||
This is correct.
On occaision, for big violations, the ticket department has gone after some ticket holders, but this is really tough to enforce. When they introduced the option to resell tickets last year, all premium seats were excluded -- premium seat holders were asked, on their honor, to not resell tickets. I think this was in response to a lot of the premium tickets being resold the first year, often to visiting fans. Lots of donors complained about this (and could point to specific seats which were sold week after week).
I'm sure some complained about not being able to re-sell premium tickets (the other end of the spectrum) as well. As this year rolled around, the ticket department offered a compromise. If you are a premium ticket holder, you can offer to sell your tickets to other premium ticket holders at face value. This preserves the "sanctity" of the premium experience, but allows for some flexibility. You also have the option to donate them back to the Ticket Department for a tax deduction.
We'll see how it plays out.
|1 year 16 weeks ago||WCB||
Our seats are in the West Side Chairbacks. We LOVE them. Great sightlines, backs, arms, and cupholders for your chairs, and in our case since we're in the front row, we have TONS of legroom.
We thought about the JR Stadium Club, but I never leave my seat, nor do I want to be inside. Plus, we're on the home side, so the band sounds great and the players are running right toward us when they pour out of the tunnel.
Highly recommended (even if it isn't what you asked...).
|1 year 16 weeks ago||Accelerated Indeed||
I work with a guy whose son will be a Jr in HS this fall. He just committed to Michigan. Considering how East coast centric the sport is, it is amazing that this is how the first class is rated. My friend had only great things to say about the facilities, coaches, and Michigan's committment to the sport.
|1 year 17 weeks ago||Yes and yes.||
Got a HS ring which I wore until I got my U of M ring.
Wore my U of M ring for 19 years untill I jammed the hell out of my finger playing basketball last November. I need to get it resized now...
I like wearing one. Mine isn't huge, so I don't think it is too much. Other than that, all I wear is a watch and my wedding ring.
|1 year 23 weeks ago||Correct||
The Turf Monster at the old Metrodome in Minneapolis was a disaster. Visible corners of sections coming up in spots.
Two games, two years apart -- brutal. The personalized "UTRIPPIN" license plate Welbourne had on his 300Z took on a sad meaning after that.
|1 year 25 weeks ago||Sorry...||
Dick Vermeil, not Lee Corso.
|1 year 25 weeks ago||Competence||
Corso just called Wheatley, "Whitely."
|1 year 25 weeks ago||I Had No Idea!!||
They just pointed out that Hanson is the brother of Jason Hanson, "kicker for the Lions."
|1 year 25 weeks ago||But...||
One of them was Jimmy Harbaugh ("now with the Chicago Bears").
|1 year 25 weeks ago||Did I Mention I was in the Band that Year?||
I just saw myself on TV!!!
|1 year 25 weeks ago||Excellent...||
Let's start liveblogging the game. I wonder how it ends?
M ball to start the second half, but a lousy return by Hayes.
Also, in a bit of prescience, Bo called Carr a great coach.
AND THERE GOES WHEATLEY!!!!
|1 year 25 weeks ago||I Agree||
I agree with the consensus, which seems to be, "read the books." I think this is important for two reasons: 1) knowing the characters and stories from the books helps clarify what's going on with the show -- there's a lot going on that is harder to follow if you don't get it, and 2) if you read the books you can join with the internet rabble blessing or decrying the differences when you watch.
Just remember: read fast so you can get through book 3 before next season starts. The books get longer as you go!
|1 year 25 weeks ago||My Wife||
My wife got home and has been talking about it non-stop. She had a blast. The coolest thing she said is that if you have any doubt about what a wonderful group of young men are representing our university, you should put those fears aside. She said everyone was engaged and energetic; she couldn't believe how many players were involved and how much they seemed to want to be there.
In her group were Laura and Kelly Hoke and she said they were delightful to be around as well. Not that it is surprising, but among the coaches she was truly impressed by Mattison -- she said you could just listen to him talk forever.
A final point that was interesting to me is how much it was obvious to her that among the players there is a sense of responsibility and accountability to the team.
As an unexpected bonus, I got an early father's day present -- a helmet signed by more than 20 players, coaches, and even Jon Falk. Best. Wife. Ever. (Also, this replaces #1 on my coolest Michigan memorabilia list from the thread a couple weeks ago.)
|1 year 26 weeks ago||My Few Items||
All of the "Wolverine" season preview books
All of the "Hail to the Victors" and other Brian Cook season preview books
Every SI cover with a Michigan Player on it since the '89 national championship
Collection of Michigan related books
Several pictures of the "Fanfare M" from pregame where I can squint and point and say, "That's me right there!"
Mitch Albom autographed copy of Fab 5
Some of the left over FieldTurf from when it was installed
Chris Webber autographed basketball
One of the gloves Derrick Alexander wore in the '93 Rose Bowl
Michigan game ball my wife got for me that I later had signed by Desmond Howard
|1 year 29 weeks ago||r.s.f.c. -- memories||
Anybody here old enough to remember Usenet? There used to be a group called: rec.sports.football.college back in the early days of the internets. I only bring it up because BBQ was a frequent (and often heated) off-season discussion topic.
Back then, there were so few people talking about college football online that there was basically one place where *EVERYONE* electronically congregated. There were some epic threads debating the merits of Catsup-based vs. Mustard-based vs. Vinegar-based sauces.
Also, damn, am I old.
|1 year 32 weeks ago||Changing too||
Civil service is changing, too. Just look at how underfunded the pension and post retirement benefits are in many municipalities (e.g. Illinois). Where there are generous packages, these are under intense scrutiny like never before.
|1 year 32 weeks ago||But It Isn't the Band||
It isn't really the band that seems to be throwing the hissy -- it is a bunch of people that *LIKE* the band. And for Dave "the Brand" Brandon, isn't the MMB a significant part of the brand and therefore something the AD should facilitate. Not every time, but this time. IMHO, of course.
|1 year 32 weeks ago||Fine||
The band will do that right after everyone starts paying a "band surcharge" for every football ticket they buy. $20 per ticket per game should do it.
The kids who are in the band give up 15 - 25 hours per week (including off weeks) during the fall; they give up a good portion of their holiday break for bowl games, and they share (for free) their incomparable talent. And with a few token exceptions (facilitated NOT through the University or the Athltetic Department, but through the FUNDRAISING you mention) they don't do it for any sort of scholarship.
In addition to the few small scholarships that are given, the band has to pay for directors, staff, uniforms, instruments, music, equipment, insurance, etc. Most of what makes the band look and sound so good and uniform and consistent IS in fact, private fundraising.
I agree that not everyone values the band the same, but to suggest that they are just a "special interest" is to truly undermine the effort and committment of these kids.
|1 year 32 weeks ago||Yeah...||
...even the band won't be there. sigh
|1 year 32 weeks ago||Not Realistic||
The band has a *very* full schedule in the fall. It isn't practical for them to go to many more games. As a M alum and a former MMB member, I have often marveled that the band doesn't go to more games (and that so many visiting schools bring their bands), but the reality is tough.
This situation, however, is a major exception. ARGH.
|1 year 32 weeks ago||Holy Crap||
Despite having a Michigan B.S. in Chemical Engineering, an MBA, and a CFA there's apparently a LOT I've forgotten about Calculus in the last 20 years. When I was in school 115 was cake and 116 wasn't too hard if I recall. NOW? Bridges would be collapsing everywhere. Use it or lose it, I guess...
|1 year 33 weeks ago||But, what was the punishment?||
The punishment was the the banners had to be down for a period of time.
I agree that you're judged by the company you keep (and tell my kids the same thing). However, there were LOTS of good things about the Fab 5 era as well. By deciding to not put the banners up, MSC is denying the good things that did happen. Why not put the banners back up? Is it to punish the Fab 5 who were involved with the problem or is it to dissuade others from following the same path by not honoring or glorifying ANY part of the Fab 5 era?
Another thin parallel is jail time. If a convict can't get a job after they've served their time, aren't they truly being punished more than just the jail time? Is that maybe the intent? This is a VERY complicated and thorny issue as people assess our justice system differently if they believe it should be punative or rehabilitative. Is the purpose of jail (and the stigma of being a convict) supposed to be so punative that it discourages OTHERS from similar crimes, or is it supposed to be a period that rehabilitates the convict such that they're fit to re-enter society?
I think neither our justice system nor the NCAA are very clear on these issues. As a result both MSC and Jalen can both reasonably have different views on what should happen next.
|1 year 36 weeks ago||15 years ago||
I was ignorant of the pilgrimage to football's Mecca that would take place over the next 8+ months.
|1 year 37 weeks ago||Strategy||
As many others have indicated, I'd advise holding off for a while. If you want to take him because it is easier than finding a babysitter, more power to you. But, it isn't going to be for him.
We now have 5 tickets, so all the kids can go to as many games as they want to. About 3 years ago, my (now 14 year old) daughter started complaining that she wasn't getting to go to the "good" games. This past year she was basically at all of them and is a dyed-in-the-wool fan because SHE wants to be there.
4 or 5 years ago, I started asking her if she *wanted* to go when I had an extra ticket, and most of the time, the answer was yes. And, she picked up on the fact, very early, that it was a privelege to be there, not a right (and certainly not an obligation). She also gets that we don't leave before the game is over -- complaining will fall on deaf ears, so it just doesn't happen.
Going to the ND night game this last year was a very special experience for her.
Now my 11 year old daughter is more and more interested in going. She loves the team, too, and is learning more and more about the game.
My 7 year old son loves cheering, and went to two of the early season games this past year. He's a soccer player, so we went to a M soccer game last season and that helped strengthen the M linkage for him. He has a teddy bear he got for Christmas he named "Denard" and wears his 16 jersey to school with regularity. I still wouldn't take him to an OSU game or something like ND under the lights.
A good indicator is whether or not they like sitting through all, or most, of an away game when you're at home watching it. If so, they're really getting ready for big-time involvement.
|1 year 37 weeks ago||SQ Fire Alarms||
I was a senior in HS that year, but moved into South Quad that fall. One of my best friends who's a year older, told us that story when we had our first fire alarm, the first Friday of the fall.
Many more fire alarms, of course, came after, but none so bad as that one. Still, getting out of the dorm from the seventh floor could be a challenge depending on what you had to drink that night!
|1 year 37 weeks ago||Ah, yes. Alabama.||
Sorry -- off on the details. The game against Alabama was nothing like ours, though.
As I recall, we were so irritated about getting bounced from the tournament (Q: How do you lose when you score 115 points? A: Play a team that scores 149!!! -- yes, I looked it up) that we decided to make a drinking game out of watching LMU.
Rules were things like drink every time they score, down your beer when Bo shoots one left-handed, drink 5 seconds whenever they said, "Hank," etc.
They didn't return to the epic 149 ppg pace, so I think we switched from beer to something stronger. The rest is foggy...
|1 year 37 weeks ago||Ugh||
That game made me so mad. I was a Freshman at M at the time -- we ran into a buzzsaw. They just weren't going to lose that game. Then they (Loyola-Marymount) *sucked* in their next game.
Also, didn't Kimble only shoot the first FT of the game left handed? Regardless, in retrospect, it was an amazing story, I just wish they had taken it out on some other team.
Separately, great quote from Sean Higgins earlier that year when asked what had gone wrong in a losing effort, "We didn't get the ball to Glen enough." Priceless.
|1 year 37 weeks ago||NO Drive||
I was there too. Four of us drove from AA to New Orleans in a Dodge Daytona (including yours truly at over 6' tall...). This is why we aspire to be rich enough to get a NetJets subscription -- someday. That was a LONG drive.
Indeed, an awesome weekend. Beating Kentucky was great. Making signs to take into the Superdome with us. Sharing a room with friends in the basketball band (3 of us were in the marching band so knew most of the BB band) was fun, too. My folks had moved by then, but lived in NO most of the time I was in college, so I knew my way around pretty well.
The drive home sucked...
I didn't go to Minneapolis the year before because I had to CRISP* on Monday for my senior year engineering classes, and this was WAAAY before online registration. My future wife and a friend did make the drive for that one, too.
I do remember (only vaguely, though because I'd been at Scorekeepers since it opened and was drinking the whole time) after beating Cincinnatti running through the Diag and all over campus yelling, "WHO GONNA SHOCK THE WORLD?"
* CRISP - Computer Registration Involving Student Participation. If you had to ask, you don't want to know.
|1 year 47 weeks ago||Thanks||
The rule helps a little bit. I'm still confused about the difference between a ballcarrier and a blocker though.
As it turned out it didn't matter. Woo!
|1 year 47 weeks ago||Not sure||
My family was talking about that one, too, but I dont' think it was a penalty. Denard threw a block and chose not to go low. The helmets hit and the more massive player knocked the helmet of the less massive player. I don't think it was a shot at Denard.
|1 year 48 weeks ago||That's fantastic||
Amazing example of the phrase, "A win is a win is a win is a win."
|1 year 51 weeks ago||Smoctrycz||
The interesting thing about Evan is that he is still arcing upward.
Stu has been a great contributor on the team, but I think we've seen the apex of his career arc. The points about Evan learning how to stay out of foul trouble are spot-on. If he can continue to progress, he will be important even with all the talent coming in.
|1 year 51 weeks ago||Yes, blizzardo||
I had asked the question in this Mailbag back in 2009. The question for Brian/readers was about why Rob wasn't there for a game (and is at the bottom of the mailbag).
Later on in the thread are some answers (including the fact that he was OK). Specifically from whosurdaddy104:
This from Intern Mike
And this from BrewCityBlue:
|1 year 51 weeks ago||I like this idea||
First... Ace: Like everyone else, I'm in awe. This is a fantastic effort. This will definitely contribute to the evolution of MGoBlog as THE premiere site for Michigan athletics and as an example of how great a blog can be.
Regarding the comment above: I think this is an interesting potential add.
Another way to think of it might be like a +/- in hockey. When the O gets a point or a half point, there is a separate +/- point assigned to each guy on the floor. Players on the floor might all get a - for a turnover or a negative point offensive play.
Depending on how the defensive charting evolves, the other team getting a point results in a - for everyone on the floor and a + for a great stop.
It is going to be a big question of how time consuming this is and how much incremental work you want to do.
The interesting outcome may be that it identifies great roleplayers and bench guys who add value other than in simple points.
|2 years 2 weeks ago||250||
You mis-typed "313."
|2 years 3 weeks ago||This is why...||
...you shouldn't name things after people until they're deceased.
The entire Big 10 naming excercise was a debacle. This is another example of why.
|2 years 3 weeks ago||LOL -- Inverse||
Brilliant! This is exactly the opposite of why the blog of unneccesary quotation marks exists. Well done, sir.
|2 years 5 weeks ago||Grin||
You must have been wearing the epitome of a rye grin as you typed that.
All spelling nazi kidding aside, good post by the OP. We've been thinking about that trip for next year instead of Alabama in Jerry World. Sounds like a great experience.
|2 years 8 weeks ago||Gardner Critique||
First, let me start by saying that I was pretty impressed with how well Gardner handled himself. However, it is time to be picking flysh!t out of pepper here,andt I haven't heard any similar comments, so here it goes...
Was anybody else negative about the Gardner "waggle, see the guy in your face, turn around, evade, evade, evade, get positive yards"? In Brian's commentary, this seems to be regarded as a mildly positive play. I think against any team with a half decent defense, it turns into a disaster.
Instead of trying to run for the yardage, shouldn't Gardner have thrown the ball away? I think he makes an athletic play to get away from the guy in his face, but as soon as he does, he should cut his losses and live to fight another play. Against a real team this turns into a 10 yard sack, right?
|2 years 9 weeks ago||Competition||
Sometimes the competitive juices bring out the ugly side of people, but it seems we can all agree that regarless of allegiance, this is a great story. People are people and I'm sure most of us have friends who are Spartans. It is nice to see their support in this truly positive and beneficial way.
|2 years 9 weeks ago||I Went Back and Forth||
I thought the shipping was a little high, too, but then thought, "What the hell? It is a cool design and a game from which I'll always be happy to have a momento." I think that extra cost played a part in my disappointment with the result as well.
|2 years 9 weeks ago||Thanks for These Thoughts||
This is what I was originally looking for: some discussion about the result.
I'm not sure what UGP's model/plan is. I get the sense that they'll set up any design you want, for a price. In this case, it was a custom design which, I'm sure, has some setup and other costs for them. I don't know if by promoting it on the site and having a limited run there was some costs savings. Even so, I don't begrudge them trying to make a buck.
The other thing I'll say is that after recently selling ~20 items on eBay after having not done it for a while, the shipping process can be an expensive pain in the rear for the seller.
HOWEVER, for $30 plus the shipping cost, I think the result should have been better. I don't know if it is a Six Zero design issue or a UGP production issue. I don't have any plans to return the shirt, but as M-Wolverine has suggested, I'm likely done ordering through them.
|2 years 9 weeks ago||Thanks||
Well, like I said in another response -- I have no plans to return it.
I understand about the desire for subtlety, that's part of why I thought the design was so cool. The color combo is SO subtle that you almost can't see it at all. When I first opened the box, I thought it was a printing error. If the intent was really for it to be that subdued, then you got it just right! The contrast, however, is different than what I expected. My original post wasn't clear enough (as indicated by the responses) -- my dissapointment is with the printing of the shirt and not the design itself.
If you're interested, send me your email address to mvpgoblue [at] gmail [dot] com and I'll take a picture of it and email it to you. Then you can evaluate.
|2 years 9 weeks ago||I Agree||
It is definitely a way to remember the night. I don't have plans to return it. I just think it turned out better on-line than in real life.
|2 years 9 weeks ago||Why?||
Well, a few reasons:
|2 years 9 weeks ago||Yeah, but...||
...I can barely see the shadow AT ALL on the real product. That's my point.
I'm wondering if others who have the actual shirt are similarly disappointed. I tried to make it clear in the original post that I LIKE the design, but not the implementation.
|2 years 9 weeks ago||Clever||
Well done. Good thoughtful response.
Glad you paid attention to what I was trying to ask with my original post.
|2 years 9 weeks ago||Not intended||
No dong kick intended.
I love the shirt (and tons of other stuff Six Zero has done). I don't like that you can hardly see the shadow part of the design. If I didn't think the design was good, I wouldn't have ordered it.
I'm trying to find out, from other people who ordered and received the actual shirts, if they were similarly disappointed.
|2 years 9 weeks ago||Argh||
Disappointed that the shadow can't be seen on the actual shirt.
It looks great on the on-line sample, but doesn't show up at all in real life.
|2 years 9 weeks ago||Love the shirt DESIGN||
Hate how it shows up on the actual product.
To be clear: no disrespect to the design or Six Zero. I wouldn't have ordered it if I didn't think it was cool.
|2 years 9 weeks ago||Shirt||
Got my shirt today.
I have to say, I love the design, but am pretty disappointed by the shirt. The cool part of the design is the shadow, and you can't even tell that it is there. Anyone else have the same issue?
|2 years 9 weeks ago||Agreed||
Plus, PSU started strong in the Big Ten and their fans (when I lived out East) were a pain until we started routinely beating them (for a while). We want no such joy for Nebraska.
|2 years 9 weeks ago||Interesting||
I got early access as well, and my early reaction is the same.
My 13 year old daughter, however, thinks it is pretty cool. She was pretty upset when she got sorted into Slytherin...
I think this has tons of potential in other areas, and this is a great example. Very interesting idea. From a business perspective, if you got a couple of schools to commit to it, that could help underwrite the development costs. Once the framework was established, you'd then be able to roll it out to progressively smaller schools/fanbases.
Get to work, man! You might have something here!
|2 years 10 weeks ago||RR Seasons||
It is a very interesting point. I have to admit, I spent the beginning of nearly every offensive play for the last three seasons panicked about this. My wife especially hated it on the short yardage and goal line plays.
The remarkable thing is how few bad snaps we had. After the badness of 2009, one of the huge positives was the number of good snaps. Still, I didn't want to mention it because I didn't want to jinx it (superstitious much? sigh). Then, we had continued success last year and I didn't want to jinx it again.
In my mind, the key is that you practice it, and practice it, and practice it.
|2 years 10 weeks ago||Unless...||
(unless you're shuffling the fullback argh)
I was doing fine, minding my own business, enjoying the post, almost to the end, when this comment literally made me laugh out loud. Well played, Brian. Well played.
|2 years 10 weeks ago||#32 Jersey||
I had written a post earlier this season about how before the Western game I went through the jerseys I own to decide which one I was wearing for the season. I settled on #32, but not because I was going to go out and buy one, but becuase of the ones I own, it is the one I want to wear this year.
Mine happens to be an old Nike #32, back from when Anthony Thomas wore the number. And no...you can't have it. :-)
Good luck in your search.
|2 years 11 weeks ago||Seemingly Cheap||
I don't know if it is a side effect, or an inconsequential side effect.
Both school's jerseys UTL were getting torn.
The TechFit seem to be sisposble product. Weare them for one game, then done. *sigh*
|2 years 11 weeks ago||?||
By whom? Who doesn't know who we are?
Seriously, it is irrelevant at this point.
|2 years 11 weeks ago||Epic Win||
Not only did we go for it, but we went for it all. What a call, what a play. I remember it like it was yesterday. Still have the SI with the picture on the cover.
|2 years 11 weeks ago||3 is Pretty Young||
As many have suggested, 3 is pretty young. It will be hard.
Not quite old enough for a gameboy or iPhone with Angry Birds. Last year, my son (then 5) liked having the FanVision in his hands and playing with it.
My girls, when they were younger, liked bringing in pen and paper and keeping track of the score and possessions and things like that -- but that was in the 7-9 range, not 3.
As stated, cargo shorts/pants are the ultimate parenting accessory for games right now. Packs of peanutbutter crackers and small toys will help. Also, candy...
One suggestion, pin to the inside back of their shirt/coat a note with: my name is XX, my dad is YY and his cell phone is zzz-zzz-zzzz. Make sure you introduce them to the ushers and explain that police officers and anyone wearing an usher outfit is there to help. Also, walking in and out, put them up on your shoulders. You'll move faster, and they'll enjoy the view (not staring at everyone's rear ends as they try to navigate the crowd).
|2 years 11 weeks ago||Awesome:||
Did you have to calm down Denard at halftime? “No. He’s always the same. Every time he comes off the field, he gets on the phone, starts explaining to me … and sometimes we agree, and sometimes we don’t. But he’s great. I told him at the end of the third quarter, “We’re going to find out if you’re a quarterback now. I want to find out if you’re a quarterback, because we’re losing, and if we’ve got a chance to get back in this thing, we’ll make something happen here.’ And he answered the call.”
|2 years 12 weeks ago||Double post||
|2 years 12 weeks ago||Obviously...||
...he can't because individual players names and likenesses can't be used for NCAA merchandising.
Still, this is brilliant beyond words. Well done, sir.
|2 years 12 weeks ago||Depends||
Obviously depends on budget and milestones, etc., etc.
Diamond earrings are always a hit. Hell, anything with diamonds.
Then again, rather than on a birthday, just bring home flowers one day when she doesn't expect them.
Big or small, what matters isn't the amount, but the thought that goes into it.
|2 years 12 weeks ago||Thanks||
And I agree with everything you said.
It was weird. As the game went on, and my daughter calmed down I went bipolar. I calmed down too, but then just felt so aggravated that there wasn't an outcome I could have enjoyed more.
I guess at the end of it all, it was a learning experience for my daughter. Not all people are nice, and there are OK and not OK ways to handle things. She also saw that there was no way that guy was getting past me to get to her...
|2 years 12 weeks ago||Old and Young Jerks||
One row in front of us were 3 ND fans. After Michigan's first TD, with all the maize pompons waving the "wise elder" of the group (~55-60 years old) turns around and yells (way beyond a pleasant request) at my 13 year old daughter to stop hitting him with the pompon.
If the thing had brushed him, it was one time. We told him to leave her alone, and that she hadn't done anthing wrong.
That's when the "young dude" of the three turned around and started swearing and threatening me. Rather than escalate I suggested that we would get an usher but he stayed in my face.
By this time, my daughter was terrified and crying (perhaps over reaction, but she *is* 13). My wife went to get the usher. Usher was pretty useless, but suggested we all calm down. He did say that the police would be involved if there were further problems.
There wasn't too much more from them after that. In the third quarter my daughter and I had a little chuckle over the comment we quietly shared between us ("I wish it were 114,802 instead...") But the sweetest revenge was how quickly they high-tailed it out of there following those glorious words with 00:02 remaining -- "The ruling on the field is confirmed. Touchdown."
|2 years 12 weeks ago||Or Tuman?||
Hard to pick between Joppru and Jerame Tuman. I lean toward the latter.
Still, both are great.
|2 years 15 weeks ago||1989...Wow||
Sunday I got home from the 21st annual golf trip I have with my college buddies. Among many other courses, the core of the group has played "The Torch" at A-Ga-Ming at least once per summer since 1991. Of the 8 guys golfing, 4 were on 7th floor Thronson (in South Quad) in 1989, and 1 was on 7th floor Huber. Two others moved into 8th Thronson the following year. The 8th is a newcomer -- I've only known him for 13 years.
As others have said, it is truly remarkable how the people around you those first couple days will become your best friends for life. A few years back, we were teeing off on #1 when someone realized that the kids currently packing for their first year at Michigan weren't even BORN when we started our golf tradition.
In addition to all having successful careers and enjoying tailgating together for every year since, one is Godfather to my son, and another's wife is Godmother to one of my daughters.
Like some other posters, I was in the MMB, so got to move in early. My first night in South Quad involved Euchre, beer, and listening to the premiere of "Love in an Elevator" by Aerosmith. I remember it VIVIDLY. In addition to cards, driking, and watching sports, our South Quad house participated in just about every single intramural sport in the Res Hall league.
My golf buddies, who would also end up being my roomates at 554 S. Fifth Ave, and I partied, played Tecmo Bowl on the original NES, and played IM hoops and flag football for all four years of school.
|2 years 17 weeks ago||Ugh.||
I have a similar situation. But my son has been great at soccer and loves every minute of it.
So I'm coaching. Again. (sigh) I can't take it away from him, and want to be a part of it.
BUT...I have one of the other dads who has agreed to help coach the team. And I might miss one soccer game to get down to AA. (I do have season tickets and I live about 2 hours away.) Like others have said, the schedule works out OK. And when it doesn't, you just have to work at the full media blackout:
|2 years 17 weeks ago||Not Sure About Fading||
I have a plastic hat frame that the hat goes in before it goes in the dishwasher. Makes it even better!
|2 years 18 weeks ago||Premium Tickets||
One problem you may have is that the premium seating is practically sold out. Priority points will again determine when you're eligible to buy any that may come available.
Agree with other posters that by being very specific about what you want, the ticket office will work to get you there over time.
We are in the West Side Chair Backs now, and that was simply a matter of meeting the annual seat commitment when there were free seats.
10 or so years ago when we wanted to move up one section in the bowl (from the end zone to the Blue) we just paid up and got new seats the next year.
|2 years 18 weeks ago||Walmart 9X9||
This one is at Wal-Mart. I can't remember if we got ours at Wal-Mart or Meijer. The one in the link is $264 -- that seems like more than we paid. Maybe closer to $200? They are very well made and easy to get up/down.
For parking lots, it is tricky. You need sandbags or cinder-blocks if it is windy. I've also seen people fill buckets with concrete and tie off on those. Trying to tie one corner to the car and another corner to a cooler ends up not working very well. However, they are GREAT to have in the rain or on hot days with lots of sun.
|2 years 20 weeks ago||?||
Who cares where they were going?