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|4 days 19 hours ago||I agree.||
First Brandon goes. If the new guy comes in with a plan and wants to pull the trigger right away, fine. But if she/he doesn't, I'm okay with waiting a year, and letting the new AD do due diligence on the entire athletic department, and then making the change.
If the new person came in and said, "Big Ten Championship or gone," I think that'd be okay, even if some people would spend the year conflicted.
Michigan didn't become what it is in a year. It also didn't piss it away in a year. It's going to take years.
|1 week 5 days ago||Damn right, I'm proud too.||
In 1974 or 1975, I took an undergraduate poetry seminar with Joseph Brodsky, who won a Nobel in literature in 1987. Carl Proffer of the Slavics department was a major supporter of Brodsky's when the Soviets exiled him.
I can't say, "only Michigan," but the number of universities that could have done that is tiny, and, at that point, the number that would have was smaller. Interestingly, when Brodsky was named poet-in-residence at UM, only Robert Frost had had the same title before. Brodsky was proud as hell of that.
"I had a feeling I was witnessing the future. And now, more than 20 years later, Nakamura has rightly earned his Nobel Prize. I was a witness to this due to my attending the University of Michigan. Damn right, I'm proud to be a Michigan Wolverine."
|36 weeks 3 days ago||To answer the question in the letter...||
In 1986, I saw Iowa beat MSU 82-71 from the ninth row in Hawkeye Carver. (I was a grad student and Wolverine fan, but I love Big 10 hoops. The section I was in was all law, medical and grad students because we were around more than four years and had great priority.) Scott Skiles had been arrested several times by then, and people were all over Jud Heathcote for letting him play. (Skiles himself said he'd have tossed a player that did what he did.)
The Iowa fans showed up with baggies of baking soda and oregano, and shook them at him every chance they got. The game was not as close as the score and was out of reach for MSU with about 10 minutes or so left in the second half.
With about four minutes left, one of the guys in front of me watched Skiles bust his ass to get back on defense, turned to the person next to him and said, "You can say what you like about that kid, he doesn't give up. He plays hard every second."
That seems about right to me.
|38 weeks 1 day ago||If he's really for MSU, and his parents are for UM...||
He should go to MSU. We should then shut up, except for the coaches teaching the OL recruits how to beat the shit out of him. Maybe he doesn't think he can hack the academics, which is a self-fulfilling prophecy.
Have a little confidence--it's not so much that it's warranted, it's that it's less stressful.
|41 weeks 2 days ago||He may not have had much to do with it...||
Since he didn't recruit all these guys, but if he can create conditions for something like this to happen with the Michigan offense: http://www.palmbeachpost.com/news/sports/college-football/alabama-offensive-line-could-be-one-of-best-ever/nTnJn/, I'll end my fandom happy.
The 2012 'Bama offensive line was one of the most fun units to watch I've ever seen, except that one game.
|44 weeks 3 days ago||The most heartbreaking moment in my fandom?||
Losing games sucks. Losing your values? Sucks worse.
|44 weeks 4 days ago||Gotta like a kid||
Whose final two are the two best public universities in the country, in terms of academics.
Good luck to him, no matter what.
|45 weeks 3 days ago||Tampa 2||
To #19: I think both teams should be required to play Tampa 2 defense the entire time.
|45 weeks 3 days ago||Question||
Does anybody know what he's saying/singing?
|46 weeks 4 days ago||So you fire the coaches you hate...||
And Jackson retires, what happens to the offensive recruits that haven't signed yet?
What happens to the other recruits?
Remember that when you fire a coach, if he's a good recruiter, you're probably firing a couple of his recruits as well.
If Jackson retires, it'll happen after signing day.
I'm no fan of Funk and Borges at this point. But I am a fan of the kids they're bringing in, and I'm willing to wait a year to see how it works out. Meanwhile the thing we loved about Hoke at first was his intense loyalty--to Michigan and his guys. Expecting him to become mercenary at this point in his life is delusional.
He can live with going for two and losing. He can also live with trusting Borges and losing. I don't think you can have the one without the other.
I think Space Coyote is making the most sense here, I really do. But then I'm old and I've learned a thing or two about patience along the way. It's not that I know that things will work out. It's that I know that we're a beat or two away from being able to tell for sure.
BTW, I have this feeling that Mike Hart will be able to make kids see Michigan in a positive light, in due time.
|1 year 4 weeks ago||Cool with me (Delete this, please, if necessary)||
If you need that affirmation.
|1 year 4 weeks ago||This is actually responsive to the OP||
And makes sense. Thanks.
|1 year 4 weeks ago||Is this why...||
Gardner couldn't beat out Denard?
|1 year 5 weeks ago||Further West in Iowa||
KCRG (Cedar Rapids/Iowa City) says on their site UM/Conn. ZapTV's listings haven't changed from KSU/sTX.
|1 year 6 weeks ago||Anyone else notice that "Drew Sharp"||
Is the name of the kid gunned down by Todd during the train heist in Breaking Bad? http://breakingbad.wikia.com/wiki/Drew_Sharp.
Is like Vince Gilligan reads this blog or something.
|1 year 6 weeks ago||His Facebook page says...||
that one of the things he values in life is "being a father." Nice example for his kids, eh?
I wonder what he'd say if a Notre Dame player did what he advises to his son?
|1 year 6 weeks ago||Screw what I think...||
What do the players think? Gardner talked like he was happy about it. If so, that's enough for me.
|1 year 7 weeks ago||I'd rather have...||
Fitzgerald blocking for Gardner on a pass play. Leaking out of the backfield on play action as a safety valve receiver. Throwing a block on a designed Gardner run. Heading for just the right spot to catch a screen pass. Telling a young fullback exactly how to tweak a blocking angle. And on, and on.
Freshman can play RB. But it's not just running the ball--and even then Green didn't look like an upgrade to me.
|1 year 12 weeks ago||If you name the building:||
"The Professor Who Needs A Building Named After Him Building," 75% of the professors on campus would think it's about them and be happier.
And yes, I am a faculty member at a university. And yes, I would.
|1 year 13 weeks ago||Two pieces of advice||
Find a neighborhood dense with restaurants--the Marais is a good one--and walk slowly with yours eyes open. You'll find a place, it'll be yours and it won't have come from the guidebook. That's where the romance comes from.
|1 year 13 weeks ago||The only player whose replica jersey...||
... I bought on purpose. In any sport. (It had the number, not the name IIRC.)
And the only one I ever will.
Which, actually, just means I had outgrown the idea by 1997, but still...
|1 year 16 weeks ago||Pacers fan here||
Any exec in the NBA who likens Trey Burke to Steve Alford needs a beach (preferably without bugs, but really, who cares?), a big drink with an umbrella, and a few years rest.
I wasn't happy about Reggie--I was soooo wrong. I was happy it wasn't Alford.
Burke can play defense. Burke can get his own shot. He's probably a better person/teammate too, as far as that goes.
|1 year 16 weeks ago||My brother and I||
...had the same response earlier in the season. IIRC, he made 1.4 million or so.
|1 year 18 weeks ago||1. My degree. Every year I get prouder of it.||
2. Zippo lighter with the UM seal, bought in the Union Bookstore in October 1971. Still works.
|1 year 19 weeks ago||Pizza Bob's||
I used to like their subs, but that was a long time ago. So long, they'd put a raw egg in your shake, which was useful on the way to the library, some early Sunday afternoons.
|1 year 20 weeks ago||Yeah, that's what I thought too.||
Then I thought that every year under Mattison, the UM defense gets closer and closer to being this badass.
|1 year 20 weeks ago||There's something else...||
Urban will be back in Florida. If you want YTM to win a recruiting battle with OSU next year, why not bad mouth the OSU coach? I don't know if Meyer does it, but plenty of coaches bad mouth competitors during recruiting.
It may be douchey, but I wouldn't be surprised if it was purposeful douchiness.
The encounter itself: the kid was well within his rights to tell Meyer, "I said no, and I meant it," before anything else happened. Why let the man waste everybody's time?
|1 year 23 weeks ago||Gee, two orthopedic surgeons having a hissy fit at each other...||
In other news, the sun came up in the East.
|1 year 25 weeks ago||I'm old enough to remember Donkey Basketball||
Also, Europeans are eating a little more horse than we knew: http://www.cnn.com/2013/02/09/world/europe/uk-horsemeat-probe.
My feeling is that someone at UM should form a Buzkashi club team: http://www.afghan-web.com/sports/buzkashi.html.
|1 year 26 weeks ago||If he wants to play pro, even in Europe||
He needs to be the first or second guy. No way that happens at IU.
Or maybe he's got a grad school he likes.