|12 min 39 sec ago||I Truly Hope They Go||
I truly hope they can figure it out. But it isn't like deciding Thursday to go Up North this weekend.
Lots of logistical issues, not the least of which is where the hell do you PUT 275 people for the night? Before the MMB shows up, there's a shortage of hotel rooms in Happy Valley. If history is a guide they will make it a night game which means either accommodations or driving home all night. Also, depending on game time, they probably have to go the night before -- same problem. The easy part is the 6 busses, load truck, and figuring out a show to perform (you can do one of your home shows...).
Regardless of the logistics, it is a funding issue. The athletic department hasn't seen fit to pay for many more trips in the past. Hopefully this changes.
|20 min 51 sec ago||BIOYA||
What happens on the Glock Bus, STAYS on the Glock bus.
|22 min 42 sec ago||Injuries||
As a freshman reserve, I once got inserted on a Friday. Basically in situations like that, back then, you have the person next to you not playing, but literally shouting at you stuff like, "turn RIGHT in 4, 3, 2, 1, GO!" The shadow system as described above makes a lot of sense. We were not that advanced!
Cool story, bro:
The Friday before the OSU game my sophomore year (1990), playing pickup basketball before marching band practice, I rolled my ankle pretty bad. By the next morning, it was so swollen, I couldn't tie my shoelaces on that foot.
One aircast, a couple rolls of tape, and about a dozen advil later, I still marched. Probably not a smart choice -- but it was OSU.
|31 min 47 sec ago||Practice and Experience||
It takes a lot to learn what to evaluate, but you learn it. I'm not sure how it is done now, but when I was a rank leader, we picked the players in our rank to be challenged each week. Being that close to it, you know. As others have said, the challenge process and "earning" your spot in the block is a big deal. It parallels sports teams in some respects.
As a freshman, I was a reserve for the first game. From that point on I marched in either a pregame, a halftime, or both for the rest of the season. I was challenged every week. After what I thought was a pretty good track record, I was HEARTBROKEN to not make the bowl trip as a freshman. (I see now that they wanted to reward upperclassmen, but it was hard to see at the time.) After the first game my sophomore year, I was challenged. Then, never again that season. By my junior year I was a rank leader.
As Bando has stated, for many, they just aren't physically ready for it. The summers between my Fr/So, So/Jr, and Jr/Sr years, I worked out. A LOT. For the most part, I was running 3 miles in under 20 minutes and THEN lifting. 4X a week. That was because of how grueling my Freshman year was.
Your comment "most kids play just fine" doesn't really capture it, either. You're talking about people who were among the top handful at their high school. I really don't think I appreciated how exceptional a group of musicians it was (is) until long after I was gone.
And for the most part, it isn't music majors. Only a small percentage of the MMB is music majors. If I recall, less than 10%. But still, exceptional musicians.
Realize that all those kids are memorizing the music for a new show each week and the moves to go with it at the same time they are full time students. It is a stunningly accomplished and capable group that puts on the show each week.
|13 weeks 5 days ago||Hate Columbus||
I agree with you.
When I was in the Michigan Marching Band, we had a femaie band member get punched (hard) in the face by a drunk fan.
The only reason I would ever go back to Columbus would be if one of my kids went to OSU. And if they did, they would be doing it to spite me, so things would be frosty enough that I wouldn't plan on going back to get them after I dropped them off.
I've been to a number of other teams' stadiums and MSU is downright pleasurable compared to the s#!^hole that is the snakepit and Ohio Stadium.
|13 weeks 5 days ago||Yeah...||
Fandom endurance badge was the worst weather. There was a sleet/ice game in 1991 against Purdue that was almost as bad as the 5-0 game a few years later.
Appalachian State was bad becuase, like happend with Colorado, you knew we'd hear about it forever.
For a study in contrasts, we had about the best tailgating/gameday experience on the road EVER when we went to Nebraska a few years ago. Then Denard's elbow got hurt, Nebraska started running up and down the field, and we learned just how risky the DG to WR decision turned out to be.
But being at that Colorado game... I had recently graduated and was on business in Chicago. A buddy working there asked if I wanted a ride to AA Friday night. I called in a favor and got tickets -- about 25 rows up, right on the 50 yard line. Best tickets you could imagine.
When the ball was tipped and caught, the stadium just fell silent. It was eerie. And of course so, so disappointing. Just an awful athletic day.
|20 weeks 6 days ago||My Experience||
I have a BS in Chemical Engineering from Michigan, an MBA in Finance/Strategy/Operations from Carnegie-Mellon, and have earned the CFA designation.
Lots of very good points already made, and I agree with a lot -- especially those talking about the cost of an EMBA and how many do it because they are sponsored by their employer.
As many have said, the education is only a part of it. A lot has to do with how you learn, the experience you're trying to have, and the resources you have available.
When I got my MBA, I wanted the full-time experience. It is different than an executive program or a more tradtional nights and weekends program at a less-well-known school. In my case, it also facilitated a switch from engineering to a finance career -- which I wanted. If the primary thing you're looking for is the knowledge, then look at a smaller school or just learning a lot online. The books are the same, the material is the same.
Also as indicated, the CFA curriculum is among the most demanding anywhere. It is, however, an almost exclusively self-taught program. That doesn't seem to be what you're looking for.
The letters after my name have started many conversations and opened many doors. In some ways, the degrees and certifications are not just conversation starters -- they are part of getting your ticket punched. Plenty of folks succeed without those degrees, but for some employers and in some professional situations, having the external validation is important. Regardless, once the door is opened, you have to be able to deliver. The letters stop mattering pretty fast.
Among my academic accomplishments, the one that gets the most recognition and respect is the CFA. People who know, *really* know what it takes to earn it. In addition to the certification, it will give you confidence that you've mastered a lot. Then again, a lot of what you've mastered is investment and portfolio management related. The corporate finance, accounting, probability, statistics, etc. is all in there, but the investments part is front and center.
Good luck to you as you figure it all out -- let us know what happens!
|25 weeks 6 days ago||Larry the Cable Guy||
I liked Larry the Cable Guy's tweet last night. Something to the effect of, "I'm just glad something good happened for Tom Brady."
|33 weeks 5 days ago||Or...||
EE-moo or EE-myew?
|33 weeks 5 days ago||Agree with Others||
Great insights and will help me understand the game more. Please keep them coming!
|33 weeks 5 days ago||Memories||
Coming off an incredible football regular season, going to this game as a Freshman was yet another indicator of how great my college choice was!
As others have mentioned, still a great team that was missing that one special something to get them all the way to the top again. After one loss (I don't remember which one), when asked what went wrong, Higgins replied, "We didn't get the ball to Glen enough."
|34 weeks 20 hours ago||Agree||
My thought as well.
Probably not as bad a deal as Jerryworld, but frustrating nonetheless.
|34 weeks 23 hours ago||Get Well Soon||
Best wishes for a speedy recovery. This community is obviously behind you!
|36 weeks 6 days ago||I Have a Pair for Tonight to Give as Well||
Great idea OP. I live in Midland and when other stuff fell through, I was trying to figure out what to do.
First to reply with an email address gets them.
|38 weeks 4 days ago||At this point I think it is limited based on donation level.||
At this point I think it is limited based on donation level.
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|39 weeks 1 day ago||Johnny Walker Black||
Feels like it deserves to be a "Blue" night, but I don't have any in the house.
|39 weeks 1 day ago||Midland-Dow||
After a 9-0 regular season, hearing they are up 19-0. Go Chargers!
|40 weeks 4 days ago||Yeah...||
EDIT: See Comments at the bottom.
I mean, when I google "Business Forward Michigan" the first thing I get is...something from the U-M Medical school?
This bothers me a LOT about the candidate. It feels very made up. And, in Brian's post, he just offers up the space for the candidate to answer the questions -- I think that's fine. Brian never promised to fact-check the comments for the blog post.
But the Michigan Daily did an article on him and just reported on the same "fact" as well. And in the Daily article, it is different. They devote a paragraph about the topic in the profile of the "former Daily staffer." And imply that they have researched this as well.
Say something enough times and people start to believe it. Get further evidence along the lines of, "As reported on MGoBlog and in the Michigan Daily..." and it gets more momentum.
Like you, Dave, if I'm missing something, I'd be happy to stand corrected. But in the blog post and the Daily Article, the topic stands uncorroborated.
EDIT: So I dug around some more. Business Forward Michigan isn't a thing. http://www.businessfwd.org/ is a thing. Check out the website if you are so inclined. Not sure if Behm was involved in founding it, or founding a branch of it in Michigan. I still find it bizarre that Behm references Business Forward Michigan specifically, since I can't find anything about that.
|40 weeks 5 days ago||Two Questions||
I support Brian's right to use his blog for whatever he sees fit. I also support his right to endorse whomever he chooses and to publicize that endorsement in any way he chooses.
I do have two serious questions about the candidate:
1) As discussed above in the post by DAVE, I totally get the point about understanding and controlling costs. But what do interest rates have to do with that? Interest on student loans tends to be some of the most affordable interest available. The issue is the PRINCIPAL of the loans. Focusing on the interest is like focusing on a glass of water that spilled when the Titanic struck the iceberg.
2) What is "Business Forward Michigan"? I did some google searching and the only place I can find mention of it is in several different links where Behm himself has mentioned it (this article, a story in the Michigan Daily interviewing Behm, and in an independent source listing candidates with a Behm-provided profile. The reason I ask the question is that when I read the story, I assumed it was inaccurately referencing "Business Leaders for Michigan." BLM is a significant organization that is working to advance Michigan business. Behm has no affiliation with BLM. Conversely, I can't find any reference to anything Business Forward Michigan has actually accomplished.
So with that said, like any endorsement, I suggest you take the endorser's information, then do your own reserarch, then make your own choice. Behm might be the right guy for the job -- I just haven't decided for myself yet.
|41 weeks 5 days ago||Three "Favorites"||
We have a pretty decent group around us. Over the years as we've moved a couple times, one of our favorite parts of the gameday experience has been getting to know the people around us. For the most part, they've been great. There are a few that stand out.
|41 weeks 5 days ago||Yeah, but...||
...not all of those things were done by ONE GUY. Also, there is a higher standard, and a higher level of scrutiny, when you're the reigning Heisman Trophy winner.
|41 weeks 5 days ago||+1||
|43 weeks 3 days ago||Yup||
Back in the day, we lived at 554 S. Fifth, just down the hill from there. And, YES, way too easy access.
|43 weeks 4 days ago||Who Owns It?||
Despite the NFL itself being non-profit, the teams aren't. The teams own the content of their games, why should they be expected to sell it in a form you want?
It may make good business sense to make games available both in-person and through broadcast, but that should be the team's right to decide.
The blackout rule has made a difference in ticket sales for mid-market and lower-popularity teams. If that's the best way for teams to maximize their revenue, why shouldn't they be allowed to do it?
|44 weeks 3 days ago||Depends||
My 16 year old daughter doesn't get it, but my 13 year old does. Just a matter of getting them exposed to the right stuff!!!
|44 weeks 3 days ago||Prayers||
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and in hope for a miracle.
The latest information I've heard is that it is an inoperable tumor on/in the brain stem.
|45 weeks 5 days ago||Midland Dow/Heritage Game||
My daughter is a Jr swimmer at Midland Dow, and last Friday was the swim parents' day to work the concession stand at the football game. I was making popcorn, so didn't get to see much of the game.
Dow High has been on a tear. They are 3-0 and the last two weeks mercy-ruled both teams (Mt. Pleasant and Heritage) well before half-time. I'm not 100% sure of all the details, but Dow scored TDs on their first 8 possessions to go up 56-0 with 4 minutes left. In the first HALF. I don't think Heritage got a first down until their SEVENTH possession.
From where I was, I couldn't see anything. My wife texted me that Cole wasn't playing, but we didn't know why. Regardless, it must have been a truly frustrating game for Heritage. It was cold and wet and they were getting their butts kicked long before Cole ever got in the game.
|45 weeks 5 days ago||Different Bodies, Different Players||
Well, even though college kids aren't small, it is true that pro players are bigger and stronger. There are also guys out there whose full-time job is taking guys heads off (i.e. no requirement to play school...). So, I think given the opportunity to destroy a punt-returner, a pro player is more capable of doing so than a college player.
Note that there are fewer rules about punt formation in pee-wee football, but it isn't an attempt to make pee-wee players less safe.
|46 weeks 4 days ago||Thank You||
Thanks and enjoy seeing your family.
|47 weeks 23 hours ago||Desmond Morgan in sweats with arm in a sling||
Desmond Morgan in sweats with arm in a sling
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|47 weeks 5 days ago||Too Much Love||
I hate Musberger and everything about him.
|48 weeks 21 hours ago||Good and Bad||
Overall, it was a great day.
On the RAWK front, it wasn't too bad because there was actually some variety.
I sit in the West Side Chairbacks so we have very easy access to the upper concourse on the West side. The food service was abysmal today. I waited almost ten minutes and never advanced in line; I finally gave up so I wouldn't miss pre-game. My wife was with my daughters a couple of minutes behind my son and I. By the time she got to the front of the line, still before kickoff..., they had already run out of hot dogs. And I didn't like the new hot dogs at all. Too fat and not, well, hot.
A HUGE positive is that at either end of the upper concourse they had about a dozen push faucets. So once you bought one bottle of water, you could refill them at those stations. My wife and I were commenting that all 5 of us drank a lot more water because of it. Nice to not feel like you have to spend fifty dollars to keep the family hydrated.
Cell service seemed better. Still spotty at times, but I got on the WiFi and it was decent. Eventually. Still bad at busy times (like half time or between quarters).
|48 weeks 22 hours ago||Yeah, but...||
Yeah, but that's a HUGE problem. I'm the "pathetic" section right next to you and am pretty into the wave if done right. If the team's on O, I am just completely disengaged.
|48 weeks 1 day ago||Yes||
Right on the steps in front of Revelli Hall on Hoover. The full band will form up right there as well.
|48 weeks 1 day ago||Agreed||
Like so many other things, unless you've been in it, it is hard to understand how the final product comes together. Visualization is the culmination of that preparation.
|48 weeks 3 days ago||Or the First Blowout||
Because with a 1 year old that could happen any time.
|48 weeks 5 days ago||Shared Before||
I've shared this before, but I will again because it fits here:
My oldest daughter was born 12/12/97 in the wee hours of the morning.
Later that day we went on to beat Duke in basketball (watched from the hospital). Oh, and Woodson won the Heisman. And then we went to the Rose Bowl. She had on her Michigan stuff and we were visiting some Michigan friends as we watched the team win the National Championship.
At that point in time, I thought we might never lose again and that my daughter was the blue and golden child.
|48 weeks 6 days ago||MMB||
There will be the "Step Show" which is a performance by the drumline in front of Revelli Hall on Hoover Street about an hour before the game. They perform while the rest of the band finalizes their preparations. Then the full band will come outside and form up for inspection.
After inspection, the band will step off for the stadiume and you can follow the band as they march down Hoover and turn left on Greene. The cheerleaders will be ahead of the band and will do a very short performance at the intersection of Hoover and Greene before continuing on; it isn't a bad intersection to wait for the cheerleaders and band to pass and then follow them in if you don't make it to Revelli hall in time for the step show.
The band will publish their gameday schedule later this week. If you're truly interested, you can watch morning rehearsal (for a noon game I'm guessing about 8:00) on Elbel field, which is the fieldturf at the intersection of Hill and Division.
If you want even more band, there is a post game show on the field as well.
|48 weeks 6 days ago||Make it an Option||
For us it was simple. If my wife went and felt like she wanted to accommodate one of the kids taking a walk, that was up to her.
If I was going solo, we would offer a ticket to one of my kids, but they understood that it was not a right and that my expectation was that we'd stay and watch the whole game. Of course if it were an emergency I would have taken care of them, but by both setting the expectation and making it not about "me sharing the experience with them" but rather them "choosing to experience it with me" we were all on the same page.
All three of my kids (16yo daughter, 13yo daughter, and 9yo son) love going to football, basketball, and hockey games with us and are all big Michigan fans now. For us, it worked. Now we have 5 tickets for football and can take as many as are available to go that week. Sometimes it is all five of us; sometimes due to other commitments it is zero. We love having the option and love being able to share our love of the University with them.
The downside is that they all know I'm a sucker for buying them something at the M-Den...
|50 weeks 8 hours ago||Tickets||
The tickets got those with them in at 6:30 instead of 7:00 when they opened the gates to all.
|50 weeks 5 days ago||Not Sure||
I think a few blue mixed with a sea of maize, especially on TV isn't terrible.
A sea of dark blue with even a bit of maize and it will be really obvious.
|50 weeks 6 days ago||TiVo||
TiVo is another option.
You can get one and use a CableCard from TWC.
They are expensive and sometimes frustrating (especially setting up a CableCard), but the features are awesome. You could TiVo the game, then stream over WiFi and/or download to your device wherever you are.
|51 weeks 4 days ago||Tony Boles||
Tony has been mentioned in a few comments. Too bad that the Metrodome turf monster ended his (and Tripp's) careers.
|51 weeks 4 days ago||My Kids are Spoiled||
I do identify with the John U. Bacon position that Michigan isn't doing a good job of creating the next generation of fans.
For a long time we had two tickets but often had access to two more right next to ours from my buddy and former roommate who lives in Rochester NY. But for the kids, they never got to go to "big" games. My oldest started complaining about it and we're fortunate to now have five tickets so when all of us are available we can go as a family.
All three of my kids are huge Michigan fans, but the only constraint my 9 YO son has is whether or not he has a soccer game. Otherwise he can go to most games. I guess I'm spoiling them. :)
|51 weeks 4 days ago||Agree||
I agree. We tried to make a game of it, but not until after it was over...
Michigan's first play from scrimmage was a pick-6 by Tyrelle Buckley.
|51 weeks 4 days ago||My First Game as Well||
I was a freshman in the Michigan Marching Band. Everything about the game you said is true. Going on to win every other regular season game that season didn't suck, though.
Technically, my first time in Michigan Stadium was to play the Victors for the football team, hear Bo speak to us, and then have a practice in the stadium. Regardless, until the fall after my graduation, I never entered Michigan Stadiume any way other than through the tunnel.
The tunnel, more than anything else, is my most enduring memory of Michigan football (and one of my favorite places on earth). Standing at attention ingnoring the opposing players as they went by and then screaming our fool heads off for the team as they went by. Then, "Presenting the [back then] 225 member Michigan Marching band. Baaaaand take the field."
|1 year 2 days ago||*FIELDTurf||
Important distinction. Just about everyone uses FieldTurf now. This is the synthetic fibers with the black rubber pebbles in it.
The reason they went [back] to natural grass in the early '90s was the problems with the old-style artificial turf, like AstroTurf. AstroTurf eats ACLs for lunch; FieldTurf does not. AstroTurf is green plastic on top of concrete; FieldTurf is long synthetic fibers which are held in place with the pebbles.
The reason so many teams have gone to FieldTurf is that it is cheaper to maintain than natural turf without the injury risks.
On a tangent: there was much discussion at the time about the use of natural turf at Michigan Stadium. Michigan installed a system called P.A.T. (prescription athletic turf) which put a layer of dirt and grass over a perforated base with vacuum pumps that allowed rain to be drained from the field very quckly, as in: real time 1"/hour of rain or something like that.
To manage PAT though, you need to treat the grass differently than a regular grass field. Some accused the Michigan staff of NOT doing this and blamed those choices for the fact that the PAT had a tendency to come up in big chunks, die as a result, and which resulted in the field being resodded numerous times, in some cases multiple times per season.
|1 year 2 days ago||1990 MSU||
Michigan hat a TON of preseason hype after a Rose Bowl season the year before. Ranked #4 to start the season, they went to ND and lost by 4 to the number one ranked team (stupid Michael Stonebreaker interception of Grbac in the North Endzone). Michigan then managed to claw their way to the #1 ranking over the next few weeks.
Against MSU in the second half Michigan was in trouble, I believe down 14. They scored, but got BACK in trouble by allowing MSU to return the ensuing kickoff for a TD. Michigan answered with a KO TD return of their own by Derrick Alexander on the next play. The stadium was NUTS.
Late in the game, Michigan was down seven and drove for a touchdown. This was before the overtime rule and was Moeller's first season. With the number one ranking on the line, they didn't want the tie and went for 2. MSU's defender was so badly beaten by Desmond that th grabbed Desmond's ankle and pulled him to the ground. Desmond almost made the catch anyway, but couldn't reel it in. The ref refused to call the obvious pass interference penalty, and Michigan lost by 1.
I was a sophomore and had never experienced something so exciting in my life.
From there a depressed Michgan team also managed to lose at Iowa.
Despite those losses, the team rallied for an excellent season including an OSU win and capped off with the offensive line being named the MVP of the Gator Bowl in which Ole Miss was blown off the field.
Best. 9-3 team. Ever.
|1 year 1 week ago||sigh||
More than anything else, the games should be about the students. The student-athletes who compete and their classmates who cheer them on.
Us old farts may enjoy the experience because we're trying to relive the past and that's why we should (within reason) be a bigger part of footing the bill. But when the events stop being about the students, the entire thing is just about worthless.
|1 year 1 week ago||A Long Time Ago||
It goes back a long time, but when I was in the MMB, we had pretty awful versions of all the Big Ten fight songs. And Notre Dame.
To me the distinction is in choice. When you make this sort of thing obligatory to all members of the band, then you have a problem. Outside of the formal organization, 18-22 year olds are going to do raunchy childish stuff. It is part of being 18-22.
|1 year 1 week ago||BIOYA||
Just after that time, on a band trip, the busses were stopped and several cases of adult beverages were found and removed from bus 6. After that the Glocks were still Glocks, but there was no longer an official Glock Bus. And things were toned down quite a bit.
I marched in the '89 through '92 seasons.
I suspect the Glocks have faded into memory.
A couple times, between the OSU game and the end of the semester, when we knew it would be inside rehearsal only, a few of us went to Dominic's before rehearsal. But thinking about a full rehearsal drunk makes me think about throwing up... :)
|1 year 1 week ago||Ha!||
I was just thinking something similar...
How many times would I have had to try to find a place to fill up the 30-gallon tank on my 22' pontoon boat? Very different world. My cousin used to work at the marina in Tawas. Hearing how much gas some boats take is eye-opening.
|1 year 2 weeks ago||Deeply Moved||
I am deeply moved by this piece. It is a testament to your writing and what you choose to do with your talents that these responses are what they are.
By itself, this would be a situation where this community comes together to express our condolences in this difficult time.
What you've done, though, is to take your own tragedy and use it as a way to make others realize the blessings in their lives and cause them to remember their own journeys. I know I'll hug my parents a little tighter the next time I see them. I'm truly sorry for your loss and truly appreciative that you chose this way to share with us. God bless you and your family.
|1 year 3 weeks ago||Judgment Day||
For the 1997 season I was in grad school at Carnegie-Mellon and my wife was pregnant, expecting our first in early December. We still had tickets, but I couldn't go to many games that year.
My dad had a guy that worked for him that couldn't use his PSU alumni tickets. So a week before Judgment Day I was calling my buddy to see if he could swing through Pittsburgh on the way to Happy Valley.
By the end of the game, it was obvious to me that we were the best team in the country. Woodson was electric; the entire game was spectacular. Late in the fourth quarter, every so often my friend would shout, "WE ARE" to which I'd reply "NOT GOOD".
Also in the running for me: 1991 Michigan-ND, Braylonfest, and the 1993 Rose Bowl. UTL will also always hold a special place in my heart, particularly because my wife and oldest daughter were with me that night.
Not asked but I'll answer anyway: What was the best game you attended in which Michigan lost? Answer: 1990 Michigan-Michigan State, no Pass Interferance Desmond Mugged on the 2Pt conversion game.
|1 year 4 weeks ago||I don't think so...||
I'm pretty sure there's a trap door in the stage. Like you said the head moves as he's sitting on it. I don't think it is big enough to hold her.
|1 year 6 weeks ago||My Comments||
I think the Hoover Street Rag article sums it up very well.
It is pretty important to me that the wave not be done unless it is a comfortable lead. Also, I like very late Q3, maybe Q4 even. This highlights the fact that it is *not* an attempt to make noise or affect play -- it is for the entertainment of the crowd.
One of the big reasons to not do it when M has the ball is that a big play will often kill the wave.
Side note: the Michigan Marching Band does not do the wave. The band should not be bood for not doing the wave. That is reserved for old alumni not doing the wave.
With pratice, it should become second nature, much like the scene in "When Harry Met Sally" where Billy Crystal and Bruno Kirby have a conversation while they appropriately join the wave without interrupting their talk.
Also, the wave should stop for any injury.
|1 year 7 weeks ago||Long Running Joke||
Not Safe for Mrs. Stephen R. Kass
|1 year 8 weeks ago||Indeed||
Yes, it was 1991. Desmond made the catch on a long pass on 4th and short, made the cover of Sports Illustrated (back when print mattered), and kicked off the campaign that ended with "Hellllllo Heisman!" by Keith Jackson on the punt return against OSU.
|1 year 8 weeks ago||Agree and Disagree||
I agree with you about the XBox roll-out and how Microsoft negatively impacted PC gaming. But PC Gaming is far from dead.
I'm no longer a hard-core gamer because I have a wife, 3 kids, a dog, and a job. But my experience with Steam has been amazing. There are so many good titles to play and if you're willing to be patient, you can get them inexpensively on Steam. The longer you're willing to wait, the more you save.
I disagree that only small and indie games are out there. There are tons and tons of A-List titles out there, and MMORPGs are still best on a PC. Between high quality multi player experiences, top games in the genres I want to play, and TONS of variety, the PC is, in my opinion, the best gaming value.
|1 year 8 weeks ago||Not Sure Where I Fit||
The Wii was near death and so we bought a Wii U, mostly for my son, the first Christmas it was available (18 months ago). The big problem is the self-fulfilling prophecy. Launch was bad so 3rd party game companies stopped supporting, so console sales didn't grow, so more companies stopped supporting.
I do think the problem is a bit more subtle than it is made out to be, though. The problem is that there is no XBox or PS equivalent for the two screen experience. Playing Pikmin or Lego City Undercover, it is cool because you can have the full screen on the game but look down and see the map. But playing Madden it really shines... While you're about to snap the ball, you can touch a reciever and draw a new route for him on the screen -- my son LOVES that feature.
It has to be really expensive, though, for EA to develop a fundamentally different version of their games to take advantage of the gamepad. So they're just not doing it. My son's true sporting love is soccer and he can't get the new FIFA for the Wii U. It won't be long before he truly starts jonesing for the XBox One or PS4.
And as the poster above me noted, Mario Kart 8 is great. A couple of bizarre programming choices, but in general, new tracks, new features, new powerups, 12 racers, and same old Mario Kart fun. My son pulled money out of his bank, collected old games to trade, and started negotiating with me for how much I would chip in to get it. And, to be fair, I should chip in because after I put him to bed Saturday night, i poured a Scotch and went back to racing!
Regardless, for a serious gamer and the best value -- buy a decent gaming PC, set up a Steam account, and add all the games you're interested in to your wish-list. Then wait for the sales to come. If you're willing to wait a bit to play the games, you can get tremendous value.
|1 year 8 weeks ago||Cool||
If you're on the Kickstarter page, you can watch it tick up. I just saw it go from 29,950 to 29,965 to 29,980.
And now 30,060! We did it!
|1 year 8 weeks ago||Thanks||
Thanks for sharing. I wasn't even looking for the answer. Like I said, I was prepared to risk it. Even so, it is great to see the response because people have no idea what it takes to get something like this together.
It is always easy for those who *don't* produce something to be critical of those that do. Again, my contribution is my way of saying thanks to you and the blog. Good luck with the process. It looks like pretty significant progress over the last 72 hours. Almost over the hump!
|1 year 8 weeks ago||Upped It||
I was at the $15 level, but upped my contribution over the weekend. I figure I still owe the site some for what I've consumed, let alone the fact that I plan to keep coming back in the future. Whether or not it is perfect, I'm much happier in a world with both HTTV and MGoBlog than with neither.
Also, there was at least one comment on the other thread on this topic about a more detailed accounting of where "all the money" went the last two years. I'm not exactly sure, but there aren't a ton of people getting fabulously rich at our expense if the whole KS is trying to pass the $30K threshold. I'll take the risk.
|1 year 9 weeks ago||Ugh||
I started a few different posts, got a few paragraphs in, and erased them all. In addition to being not that coherent, I realized I just don't care as much right now. Not because I don't care about M football, but because I have so little time and I don't want to spend it on something I don't enjoy that much.
Thinking about football right now is a slog. Family and friends know I'm a huge fan -- as a result, I'm constantly being asked what I think about the team, the season, Hoke, Nussmeier, etc. It feels like another job sometimes.
I contributed my $15 early on expecting that the kickstarter would fund quickly like it has in the past two years. Then I figured I'd throw some money at the blog through the beveled guilt button (thinking more would then go to the blog as opposed to t-shirts I don't want).
I believe in paying my own way, so I'll probably contribute some more as the deadline gets closer -- I've been watching. And I do want the KS to succeed. There's something nice about spending time in August reading the preview and getting excited about the season.
There is an interesting sub-text going on, though. The blog has always been at the leading edge. This situation, coupled with the AD struggling to sell seats, is a reminder of where we are as a fanbase. Brandon wanted to extract the maximum dollars for a premium entertainment product. When that's your goal (instead of selling tradition and feelings), this is what you get. Several posters seem to feel the same way about the blog and preview. Careful what you wish for...
|1 year 11 weeks ago||Um...yeah.||
The damning part is that with 3 times the NFL draft potential, we still got OBLITERATED by them. Two early round NFL Tackles and negative yards. By a lot. #NOTREALLYAVICTORY
|1 year 12 weeks ago||Yup -- West Side Chairbacks are Great||
I can vouch for this as well. I have no interest in the "club" as I never leave my seat during the game. My family doesn't mind either. The access to concessions is good, but with a limited selection. Also, by being in the "outer" part we're at the lower cost tier. This means we're between the 30 and the 35 instead of closer to the center. Not a bad trade for me.
Long story short, we're VERY happy with the WCB.
|1 year 12 weeks ago||B1G/ACC Challenge||
So is this in place of, or addition to, the B1G/ACC Challenge?
|1 year 13 weeks ago||CONGRATS!||
Congratulations indeed to all of today's graduates. My family and I drove through AA early this AM on our way to Pittsburgh and were hoping it wasn't too wet a day for the ceremonies. Regardless, I hope it is a memorable day for the graduates and their families.
On May 1st, one of my classmates posted a TBT photo of Michigan Stadium at our graduation 21 years ago! I'm now twice as old as I was that day. Hopefully, when I'm twice as old as I am today, I'm still around to wish the new class the best of luck with their futures!
|1 year 13 weeks ago||grumble grumble||
We've been trying to pick one away game to go to each year with some of our friends. Among the possibilities for 2014, Rutgers/NJ just has no appeal at all. I hope it is a good showing by both the team and the fans, I just don't have any interest.
I hope the goal of expanding the footprint truly does result in better exposure and more interest for Michigan, but I just don't see it. So many other teams I'd rather visit. As an example, when both PSU and Nebraska joined the Big Ten, one of my first thoughts was, "I'd love to go see a game there." And I have. Just not true for Rutgers. Or Maryland.
Enough rehashing all the same talking points.
Good luck and Go Blue. I guess.
|1 year 13 weeks ago||Plenty of Snark||
Obviously, there's a lot of frustration and plenty of snarky comments here on the board. That being said you have two options.
Good luck with the process.
|1 year 13 weeks ago||Well||
I guess DB's interpretation of "corporate buddies and higher income individuals" is "customers." It is a strategy, to be sure. I think the point, however, is that the experience is chaning becuase of it and the long-term loyalty and tradition that comes from emotionally invested fans won't be there.
The poster above, however, is right -- customers set prices. If people stopped buying, the price would fall.
|1 year 13 weeks ago||Wouldn't that be...||
Negative Ann Arbor?
/bad math joke
|1 year 13 weeks ago||One for Each Calf||
One for Each Calf
|1 year 14 weeks ago||Yup||
|1 year 14 weeks ago||In my idiocy...||
...this is what I actually thought. I saw the thread title and was puzzled becuase I hadn't recalled hearing they were raised overseas.
This week has been too long.
|1 year 14 weeks ago||Classy Interview||
I'm truly disappointed like many here.
But I think this is a classy interview and a classy response by Mitch. To say, "I don't agree with it, but I accept responsibility" is the best possible way he could handle this.
And the point made in the article is a really good one: How many times has this happened where a guy "decided to go pro" but didn't own up to his mistake? Mitch could have been silent on the topic. Instead he owned what he did and apologized to Michigan and Michigan fans.
No apology necessary Mitch. I loved every minute you were on the court or the bench. Thanks for all you did to help elevate Michigan Basketball to where it is today.
|1 year 14 weeks ago||Dyslexics of the world...||
|1 year 15 weeks ago||Godspeed and Go Blue!||
Good luck to both. Personally, it sucks because I have no energy for the pro game and my involvement will be limited to seeing the occasional MGoBlog thread highlighting a particular stat-line, highlight, or event for these gentlemen.
But... What a ride! To me, Stauskas embodies the "it ain't braggin' if you can back it up" swagger that a top-tier team needs. Every possession made you wonder if you were about to see the beginning of another run of awesome.
As much as I'd prefer they stayed at Michigan, I never begrudge an athlete deciding to do what is best for them. In the case of GRIII, my opinion on his choice is different than his, but then again, it isn't my choice to make.
Best of luck to both on whatever path they follow. Thanks for the memories!
|1 year 16 weeks ago||Donford vs. Morford||
Donford replacing Morford wouldn't be too appealing if he was looking for scoring minutes and to assert himself as an NBA talent.
To be honest, I don't know enough to know whether Jon is an NBA guy or not. But the reason I'm (selfishly) sad about Horford leaving is not because I bemoan the loss of his offense; it is because we need his defensive size and experience.
The article goes a long way to helping to understand the decision. I wish him all the best and success in whatever he does.
|1 year 16 weeks ago||Exactly||
When you're better than all but, at most, 31 other people in the WORLD at something, you're pretty good at that thing.
That being said, this was really an interesting analysis because I'm not sure White had any particular biases going in. At the end of last year, many MGoBlog readers would have thought of Lewan as a potential Elite NFL tackle. This article says maybe not. I enjoyed it.
|1 year 18 weeks ago||Also...||
...what's the ugliest possession ever after that bad a punt? sigh
|1 year 18 weeks ago||Fine by Me||
Let's hope everyone overlooks us, starting with Tennessee being worried about their upcoming Kentucky game.
|1 year 18 weeks ago||Rule of Large Numbers||
Regarding point #3, I would suggest that KenPom would be much better at telling you how teams would do in a 7 game series vs. a one-and-done tournament.
5 of the top 15 lost? So what? To suggest that, especially with some close games predicted, KenPom should go 15 for 15 in picking the Sweet 16 is crazy. Think of it this way: 10 of KenPom's top 15 teams made the Sweet 16. How many people did much better than that with their brackets?
Just randomness means that some of those teams were bound to lose.
I'm not saying KenPom is the end-all, be-all of basketball analysis, but it is a really useful tool for understaning what is happening.
EDIT: Also, re: #3, only one top 15 was taken out by another top 15 because there was only one head to head top 15 matchup. Science!
|1 year 18 weeks ago||5 Days Ago I Would Have Agreed||
I would have totally agreed with you before this weekend. I really didn't enjoy Lundquist/Raftery this weekend. And it wasn't just the Aaron Craft love poem. I thought they were off on all the games they did.
Despite some awkwardness, I have to say that I actually liked Reggie Miller's color. Though with the headphones on, you can't see the ears -- it doesn't even look like him!
|1 year 18 weeks ago||It is Hard||
It is hard because the other team has really good athletes and is trying hard too.
From VCU back to Nolan Richardson's "40 Mintues of Hell" days and long before, many teams have tried differing levels of pressure because it is a way to easily beat a poorly prepared team.
In response to a couple of comments in this thread:
I remember watching one of Trey Burke's earliest games. Whoever we were playing started off trying to press and trap. The press was broken and the commentator casually said, "And Michigan easily breaks the press." After enduring Ellerbe and Amaker madness and lack of preparation/fundamentals this was an absolute ray of sunshine. And it was with a newly minted point guard having to fill the shoes of a guy that left early for the NBA. Our team is very well practiced and skilled in so many fundamental aspects of the game. It has been a joy to see the progression.
|1 year 18 weeks ago||What Did You Do?||
We celebrated with Firehouse Subs for dinner for the family tonight.
|1 year 18 weeks ago||John Beilein Classic||
It is now an MGoBlog tag...
When it happened, it was just a great Beilein quote about what they did on a family evening. Original post here.
Or I could be snarky and say, search the blog for "We had subs it was crazy"
|1 year 18 weeks ago||With JB...||
...you never do!
|1 year 19 weeks ago||Relative Salaries||
It was surprising to me that Kim Arico is making more than Red Berenson. I'd speculate that Red has pushed for more money for staff and facilities.
Regardless, good article. Especially insulting that Dave Brandon just assumes that Michigan Stadium will always be full. sigh
|1 year 19 weeks ago||Kenpom Ranking of the Region||
The combined Kenpom ranking of the top four seeds in the Midwest is 28 (2, 5, 7, 14).
The other four regions:
No worries. We got this.
|1 year 19 weeks ago||Crapshoot||
I think it's a coin-toss.
Assuming the doctors totally clear him and he's medically as close to 100% as he can be, if he goes pro and signs a middling contract for a middling round pick, there are two basic possibilities:
a) He truly is healthly and is one year further along in learning how to do NBA things with NBA people.
b) He never fully recovers and at least got paid with the first contract.
Assuming the doctors totally clear him and he's medically as close to 100% as he can be, if he stays at Michigan, again there are two basic possibilities:
a) He truly is healthy, goes on an unholy tear next year, and ends up a lottery pick (in what is projected to be a weak draft if NBA eligibility rules change).
b) He never fully recovers and at least worked toward getting his college degree (and danced on the bench).
So, I don't envy him the decision he has to make. No matter what, I just hope he makes a full recovery and is successful in whatever he does.
|1 year 20 weeks ago||All The Road Wins||
To me, the amazing thing is the resiliancy of the team and the number of B1G road wins they were able to accumulate.
The mantra is always:
Losing the *way* we lost to Indiana, Iowa, and Wisconsin was disheartening, but remember that for these kids, the conference season is a slog. The fact that we did lose to those teams isn't worthy of any shame -- other than Wichita State, pretty much everyone has some lapses.
When you look at every B1G road win except Illinois, there's a way those games could have gotten away from them, but they perservered.
As for the most disappointing loss, I think Duke. At that point, the team was exposed as a not fully-formed team.
That being said, they could have collapsed. Instead, they rallied...
|1 year 20 weeks ago||True||
But the shirt said, "Guns don't kill quarterbacks..."
|1 year 20 weeks ago||Just don't get it||
I just don't understand why Crean gets the special treatment he does. He certainly hasn't earned it. At least Izzo has done something.
At one point yesterday, Crean was so far out on the court (with the ball on the SAME side) that he passed in FRONT of the official. He had to be physically pushed back several times.
|1 year 21 weeks ago||Can't Decide||
I can't decide where I shake out on this front. My reaction is to say there should be charges. While still "inside the lines" the play was over, clearly whistled dead and stopped by the officials, and the hit was against a totally defenseless individual.
Then again, you sign up for a certain amount of risk playing at this level. We shouldn't have everything turn into a lawsuit.
|1 year 21 weeks ago||Both Should be Suspended||
I thought both were Ebbing. Thanks for the clarification.
To me, the Chelios hit was worse. Even though it wasn't as violent a hit, he hit a totally defenseless player who was face down in pain from the *prior* hit. The first one you could call just an over zealous hit. The second one was totally egregious. Plus he did it with the official WATCHING.
The only reason there wasn't a brawl is that Michigan has hopes of getting to the post season.
|1 year 21 weeks ago||The Hair||
Plus, he would change up his hair from time to time.
One game he came out with his hair trimmed/shaved into a Michigan football helmet. *THAT*. *WAS*. *AWESOME*.
|1 year 21 weeks ago||Spike and His Development||
In the Beilein uber alles category, I think back to last season. Looking back to some rough stretches within some particular games, it seemed like there were some times where Spike was in the game and was a liability.
But when we got to the tournament, Burke was healthy. The difference between Burke playing 87.5% of the minutes (which he did) and playing more than 90% of the minutes (for which some might have advocated) was possibly instrumental in "saving" some of Burke's energy. Regardless, it was definitely instrumental in getting Spike ready for tough situations. Like, say, playing almost the entire first half of the NC game with great success.
Spike is a heady player who knows his limitations better than most sophomores in the national spotlight. I believe it has been a combination of Spike, JB's confidence in Spike, and JB's (and the other coach's) methodical development of Spike.
And the truly good news: We get two more years of Spike after this one!
|1 year 22 weeks ago||What's the Point?||
Well, money, of course. It has nothing to do with facilitating Cinderella stories.
|1 year 22 weeks ago||Working It||
Well, I think he was working it AGAIN.
Why? Because one makeup foul didn't correct things. Not only should there not have been a foul on Morgan, there should have been a charge called against MSU. Izzo was trying to prevent the deserved two foul swing by implying that things were now all even.
|1 year 23 weeks ago||I'm Torn||
There's a ton that the AD is doing wrong. But I'm not sure on this part.
Everything is different in a post 9/11 world. There are very real terrorist threats out there and I don't envy the AD's role in having to prevent them. When you add in the crazy litigious society we live in and realize the liability the University would face if something did happen, I sort of understand it.
The challenge is figuring out where to draw the line and how to enforce any subjectivity that remains. The AD has taken the position that they will simply remove all subjectivity. You can argue that the pendulum has swung too far, but not that there isn't a very real problem to be addressed.
|1 year 23 weeks ago||You're Assuming He's Back and Well||
I hope, hope, hope for nothing but the very best for Mitch. But you're assuming that if he comes back next season, he'll be well and have a good season.
Heaven forbid, but what if he comes back, all the doctors say he's fine, and he plays one or two really good games before reinjuring the back? In that case, from a purely financial perspective, he should have gone pro and taken whatever money he could before returning to school to finish his degree.
If he's cleared medically, I think some team would draft him just on potential. He has size and heart that are hard to coach.
For Mitch is is a terrible situation and I don't envy him the decisions he'll have to make. Given my 'druthers, I hope he comes back to Michigan, wins the Naismith on the way to a Michigan National Championship, and ends up the first pick of the draft.
|1 year 23 weeks ago||Plus, it is Arbitrary||
In the end, it is just a rule. Why is a touchdown 6 and not 3? Or 12? In one part of the game (the NFL) they have decided that the defense will always have the chance to substitute.
To those that are saying the offense almost never runs a play in less than ten seconds, that's not the point!! If they run up to the line immediately after the play, the defense has no time to substitute. Even if the play takes the entire playclock to run, the defense never got a chance to substitute players in or out.
In the end, running up to the line of scrimmage in a short period of time and using the rest of the playclock to evaluate the defensive package and THEN call your play is a free option. Options have value.
One can argue that no-huddle offenses are well within the rules, but as this site has pointed out MANY times, by not huddling, the offense gets more information. The issue at question, then, is if this is something that should be allowed to continue or if is an advantage that should not be allowed to the offense.
The NFL has said it can't start; those who proposed this rule say it should stop. Others disagree. I'm not sure, though, why Brian and others think it is such a clear case of being a crazy idea.
|1 year 25 weeks ago||Privacy?||
Pretty sure privacy went out the window when everyone is crowding so they can be on camera too.
|1 year 25 weeks ago||One?||
Hell, we ended up going through SIX for one party (M defeats ND 1991 Grbac to Desmond). You must have been quite the successful moocher!
|1 year 26 weeks ago||Depressing||
The most depressing part to me is the people on that board that either know, or admit to feeling like maybe, it is bad/dirty/mean and just don't care. The mindset seems to be: it is ugly, but it is the way it is so we might as well use it. I am disappoint.
|1 year 26 weeks ago||Epic||
I counted 17 but could be off.
|1 year 27 weeks ago||Kudos||
Agree with all that the stepback was sick. And major kudos for a TEAM win.
In a separate, but related, item, kudos to Ace for a very nicely written game column. More MGoBlog excellence.
|1 year 28 weeks ago||Name Change?||
Isn't he "the mind" now?
|1 year 28 weeks ago||Good News||
That's great news. Here's to a speedy and full recovery. It was great just to see the thread title. I'm glad I have no idea what the difference is between a double bypass and a quadruple bypass and (God forbid) a sextuple bypass. Listen to your nurses and PTs!
|1 year 28 weeks ago||Monitoring Students at Class||
Isn't monitoring student's attendance (not in season) one of the "violations" we picked up under RichRod? Also, I agree that the playing through injuries thing is a fine line. Even so, I like the rules and the clear expectations. Nobody can claim they didn't know. We'll see how it works.
|1 year 29 weeks ago||Just the Opposite||
When State isn't winning, couches aren't burning. Right? Either that or there's no correlation.
|1 year 29 weeks ago||No Spoilers||
You can pretty safely watch season 1 after reading the first book and season 2 after reading the second book. It gets a little more complicated in season 3, but if you're a committed reader, you won't be in trouble if you start season 3 when you're half-way through book 3. We'll see how closely the series continues to follow the books. I'd imagine you'd want to finish book 3 before starting season 4 (when it
Suffice it to say, I'm a huge fan of both. And though my wife wouldn't be interested enough in the books, she has loved the tv series.
|1 year 29 weeks ago||Perfect!||
I was just going to make a very similar comment. Being a PC Gamer has always been being the best kind of gamer. (Well, except for when I had my Apple ][+...)
You can do yourself a massive favor by going to the Steam store, putting all your favorite games on a wishlist and waiting for that magic email: "A Game on your Wishlist is on sale!"
In addition to picking up the full Skyrim and first two Batmans this year, I also scored L4D2 for free. Huge win. Regardless, around just about every holiday there are some significant finds on sale on Steam. Beyond Thanksgiving and Christmas, there are also Easter, 4th of July, and other sales. Highly recommended.
|1 year 29 weeks ago||I don't think so||
I think what people are forgetting is that if it could go down some it could go up more.
The question about lowering PSDs this year is moot. Will not happen. The real question is whether Michigan has started to price itself out of the market. Most people think the ticket prices are crazy. But it only takes about 45,000 buying two tickets each to sell out the stadium. That's something like 0.01% of the US population. Even if 99.98% of the people think the pricing is crazy, the demand from the 0.02% currently has the financial model working.
When will watching at home be a better option for fans? For many it already is, but not enough to lower the PSD.
|1 year 32 weeks ago||Congrats!||
Thanks for sharing and congratulations on your success so far. You have accomplished something special and should be very proud.
|1 year 33 weeks ago||December!||
Today's my son's birthday, yesterday my oldest daughter, and the 26th my middle daughter. Posbang the Ides of March...
|1 year 33 weeks ago||Technically...||
...orbiting the sun. But we knew what you meant.
|1 year 33 weeks ago||Liability||
Don't forget, though, that even though there is D&O insurance, you still, as a board member, are a fiduciary and therefore have personal iability. And with the advent of Sarbanes-Oxley you also have potential criminal liability.
There *is* responsibility and risk that goes along with the job.
|1 year 33 weeks ago||How Many Bowl Games Did You Play In?||
While I understand your comment and agree that earning a more prestigious bid would have been better, this is likely what we have. Some people will choose to celebrate the event and/or the kids that are playing in it. More power to them.
|1 year 34 weeks ago||Then...management||
And that's when the big bucks start to roll in.
|1 year 34 weeks 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.
|1 year 35 weeks 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 year 35 weeks ago||Great Idea||
Let's race to be the first one to be critical of a thread. That will *totally* help.
|1 year 35 weeks 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.
|1 year 36 weeks 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.
|1 year 36 weeks 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?
|1 year 36 weeks 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.
|1 year 36 weeks 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.
|1 year 36 weeks 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!
|1 year 36 weeks 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...
|1 year 37 weeks 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.
|1 year 37 weeks ago||Technically...||
"Forget it. He's rolling."
But, good point, nonetheless.
|1 year 39 weeks 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.
|1 year 39 weeks 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...
|1 year 39 weeks 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.
|1 year 41 weeks 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.
|1 year 42 weeks 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.
|1 year 42 weeks 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.
|1 year 42 weeks 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.
|1 year 46 weeks 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.
|1 year 46 weeks 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."
|1 year 46 weeks 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...
|1 year 46 weeks 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?"
|1 year 46 weeks 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.
|1 year 46 weeks ago||Daily||
The Michigan Daily sports writing continues to impress (and dominate bigger, "professional," rags).
|1 year 46 weeks 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.
|1 year 47 weeks 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.
|1 year 47 weeks ago||Official Words on the Topic||
Two Official emails:
|1 year 48 weeks 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.
|1 year 49 weeks 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.
|1 year 50 weeks 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...
|1 year 51 weeks ago||Hept?||
|2 years 1 week ago||Rats!||
Too bad we don't have Denard around any more. He could have carried the signals...
|2 years 2 weeks 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.
|2 years 7 weeks 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.
|2 years 7 weeks 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."!
|2 years 10 weeks 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.
|2 years 10 weeks 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.
|2 years 10 weeks ago||One word||
|2 years 11 weeks ago||All Well and Good||
But who gets Bean?
|2 years 12 weeks 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.
|2 years 13 weeks 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.
|2 years 13 weeks 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.
|2 years 13 weeks 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!
|2 years 13 weeks ago||Was it Over When the Germans Bombed Pearl Harbor?||
And it ain't over now.
|2 years 13 weeks 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.
|2 years 13 weeks ago||Football - Yes, Basketball - ?||
M-Den does custom jerseys for football, but I don't think they do them for basketball.
|2 years 14 weeks 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?
|2 years 14 weeks 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!
|2 years 14 weeks ago||Mesmerizing||
I couldn't turn away.
|2 years 14 weeks ago||Oh man...||
The discussion just went into plaid.
|2 years 15 weeks 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!
|2 years 15 weeks 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.
|2 years 15 weeks 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.
|2 years 15 weeks 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.
|2 years 15 weeks ago||Hmmm||
Wasn't it the Gopher astroturf?
|2 years 15 weeks ago||Godspeed...||
...farewell, and Go Blue.
|2 years 16 weeks ago||Another Opinion||
Email me: mvpgoblue at gmail dot com
|2 years 16 weeks ago||First Oldipo, now Zeller||
All we need now is for Crean to go with them.
|2 years 17 weeks 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!
|2 years 17 weeks 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!!!!
|2 years 17 weeks 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.
|2 years 18 weeks 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.
|2 years 20 weeks 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?
|2 years 20 weeks ago||Well...||
...Zubaz shorts, no sleeves.
|2 years 20 weeks ago||Uniformzzz?||
Jalen in the ESPN studio just hinted there will be Uniformzz being worn. [Averts eyes]
|2 years 20 weeks 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.
|2 years 20 weeks 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.
|2 years 20 weeks 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.
|2 years 20 weeks 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).
|2 years 20 weeks 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.
|2 years 20 weeks ago||Mixed complaint alert||
Zumba = Latin dance exercise
Zubaz = 1990is multi-colored tiger-print pants
|2 years 20 weeks 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...).
|2 years 21 weeks 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...).
|2 years 21 weeks 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.
|2 years 21 weeks 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.
|2 years 21 weeks 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.
|2 years 21 weeks 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.
|2 years 21 weeks 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.