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- Back in the early 90's, right out of school, my tickets were at first in the North endzone. We had a lady right behind us who, EVERY DEFENSIVE PLAY, as soon as the ball was snapped would scream in a shrill voice, "GET 'EM!" To this day, whenever someone is annoyingly redundant, we call them the get 'em lady.
- We later moved to the SW, between the goal line and the 5 yard line. We had a really old guy right in front of us who was downright mean. One time, he actually hit my wife with his cane because he didn't like where her feet were. Oh, and he was overweight and *smelled*. We call him, "Stinky."
- Finally, in those same seats, we had a pair of gentlemen (and their wives) who were in their mid- to late-sixties. We eventually got to know them pretty well, but suffice it to say that they were disgruntled, grumpy, ill-informed, and vocal...and this was 10 years ago! They complained a lot about how Bo would have done it. We called them "Statler and Waldorf."
|2 days 5 hours ago||Not Sure...||
Not sure how to make sense of this.
I don't know if these messages in any way might help how the Carr family is feeling, but in case they do, I too offer my deepest condolences.
So terrible to think about losing a child and the promise of that life being taken away. I really, really wish there weren't sick children and I hope the Carr family knows how many sympathize with their pain.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Not Sure I Agree||
My son plays on a U11 travel team. They are decent...not really competitive with the best U11 teams.
Headers are routine on his team and in the Michigan league he plays in (WSSL - Western Suburban Soccer League). He had his first header for a goal this past spring as a U10. It is not uncommon to see balls headed into the air followed by another header.
I am concerned about the long term effect of headers, especially if he continues to play soccer and continues to progress in the sport. There is a lot of emphasis on playing the ball in the air, especially on set pieces (i.e. direct or indirect kicks and corner kicks). And it only gets more intense as they get older.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||Formation||
Good write-up. Thanks for doing it!
To be strictly accurate, I think Ruddock was off the line of scrimmage. In the formation shown, there are 8 on the LOS with Ruddock covering-up Darboh. That would be both an illegal formation and make Darboh inelligible.
7 and exactly 7 on the LOS, 4 and exactly 4 in the backfield on every play or it is illegal.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||Hanlon's Razor and a Question||
So for all the "corruption" theorists out there, I submit Hanlon's Razor -- Never attribute to malice that which can adequately be explained by incompetence. I don't think they're out to get us.
Here's my question, though: If a targeting personal foul is a reviewable play which can be overturned by the booth, why aren't *possible* targets plays that the booth can call down for a stoppage of play (like all other reviewable plays)?
Not sure anything would be different for us since the incompetence is only magnified when you get to the replay officials, but still, In the absence of a call, there's no possibility for a booth review to happen.
Shouldn't the refs then always err on the side of throwing the flag and allowing the play to be reviewed? The official was RIGHT THERE.
This highlights two of the big differences between the pros and college. In the pros, the refs performance is reviewed every week. In addition, if something like a bogus targeting penalty is called, the league can overturn any suspension.
|5 weeks 5 days ago||The Wolverine||
Coman Publishing's "The Wolverine" used to have a lot of this info available in its weekly preview. I would typically print out the depth charts for both teams, our full numerical roster, and their statistical summary.
This year they have changed things up and they offer those exact 4 pages as a downloadable .pdf file. I print pages 1 and 3 on the front and back of one sheet and pages 2 and 4 on the front and back of a second sheet.
I'm not sure about access to the file. It used to be a download where you had to put in an account number and password. Now it just seems to be a link:
I really don't know what their rules are about accessing that link.
|6 weeks 1 day ago||Peppers Speed||
The other thing about the return that amazes me when re-watching it is that after Peppers makes a big block to free the corner, he turns on the jets and gets right back up behind Chesson ensuring any other players trying to take angles at him can't get there.
Strictly speaking, Peppers has already done his job on the play. He just decides he's not going to be satisfied with that. It is representative of how so many players on this team are playing right now.
|7 weeks 2 days ago||Media Blackout||
Lots of good suggestions here. It gets harder and harder all the time. For me, knowing anything about the game before watching it is really disappointing. Lots of people just don't get that mindset, but to each their own.
I think your best bet is the suggestion to use the student radio broadcast link mentioned above. The key is finding something that won't have the score in the title or the linked page.
Another option depends on your resources at home. I don't know what options are available for different cable providers or Dish/DTV. For my TiVo, I can record the game then download the game to an iDevice or Android to watch later. You could then conceivably listen to the TV broadcast while driving. More and more cable operators are allowing you to do the same thing.
But, like I said, the big challenge is not hearing the outcome. Depending on where you are, this could be harder or easier. In the state of Michigan, or anywere between Chicago and Michigan you're going to have a really hard time. ProTip: Don't wear a Michigan shirt or hat on the way home. I've had games spoiled at gas stations and one time by a TSA guy in an airport. Steer clear of news broadcasts and remember to turn off MGoBlog notifications on all your devices where you have the App installed.
|15 weeks 8 hours ago||MMB and One More||
1990 Rose Bowl -- MMB Reserve...sat at home. Seethed at being a freshman and BS flags on fake punts.
1991 Gator Bowl -- MMB 100% pure OL Awesome; worst record for a team that had a shot at a national championship
1992 Rose Bowl -- MMB Steve Entman. Yikes.
1993 Rose Bowl -- MMB Washington REDEMPTION!!!
2013 Outback Bowl -- Went with my wife and 3 kids; one of our best vacations ever. My son was sobbing after the loss...
As others have stated, there's nothing like a Rose Bowl. I wonder if Michigan will ever get to play in one again?
|16 weeks 3 days 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.
|16 weeks 3 days ago||BIOYA||
What happens on the Glock Bus, STAYS on the Glock bus.
|16 weeks 3 days 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.
|16 weeks 3 days 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.
|30 weeks 1 day 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.
|30 weeks 1 day 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.
|37 weeks 2 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!
|42 weeks 2 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."
|50 weeks 1 day ago||Or...||
EE-moo or EE-myew?
|50 weeks 1 day ago||Agree with Others||
Great insights and will help me understand the game more. Please keep them coming!
|50 weeks 1 day 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."
|50 weeks 3 days ago||Agree||
My thought as well.
Probably not as bad a deal as Jerryworld, but frustrating nonetheless.
|50 weeks 4 days ago||Get Well Soon||
Best wishes for a speedy recovery. This community is obviously behind you!
|1 year 1 week 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.
|1 year 2 weeks 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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|1 year 3 weeks ago||Johnny Walker Black||
Feels like it deserves to be a "Blue" night, but I don't have any in the house.
|1 year 3 weeks ago||Midland-Dow||
After a 9-0 regular season, hearing they are up 19-0. Go Chargers!
|1 year 4 weeks 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.
|1 year 5 weeks 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.
|1 year 6 weeks 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.
|1 year 6 weeks 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.
|1 year 6 weeks ago||+1||