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|5 hours 18 sec ago||If our coach wants to leave||
If our coach wants to leave the stage at Michigan with deep and admiring recognition, he's pretty much S.O.L.; that ship sailed a long time ago.
Also, I suspect the players have at least a vague idea of what it takes to win in Columbus; it generally entails being a good football team, and there's the rub.
|5 hours 13 min ago||Isn't the record against both||
Isn't the record against both 1-6 since 2008? Maybe it's time to scale back our ambitions even further--Penn State or maybe Illinois could be our new rival. Northwestern's been a pretty even match.
|2 weeks 11 hours ago||Yes, it seems that they're||
Yes, it seems that they're projecting Michigan to drop its last two, which actually makes a lot of sense.
|2 weeks 11 hours ago||Correcting my correction:||
Correcting my correction: it's Central in the Cactus Bowl.
|2 weeks 11 hours ago||Correction: They have||
Correction: They have Michigan in the Cactus bowl, and Western in the Armed Forces bowl. It's a sorry reflection on the season that that could even be a point of confusion.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||This is an example of one of||
This is an example of one of the strangest aspects of sports fandom: the notion that fans' "support", in the sense of having positive feelings or optimism about a player or a team, has any impact on that player or team. I suppose there are minor ways in which the behavior of fans is noticeable to players; attendance and crowd noise at games seem to matter somewhat. I suppose some players even make the mistake of reading commentary about themselves, although I'd hope that after five years of playing college ball Devin Gardner isn't crying in his cheerios every morning because yahoos are saying mean things about him on the Internet. But the underlying conceit of this post seems to be that, if enough Michigan fans believe hard enough, the team can beat Ohio and we'll all live happily ever after. I suspect this phaenomenon is similar to how people come to be so wrapped up in television shows that they lose the ability to distinguish between actors and the characters they play; the emotional connection is so strong that they lose sight of the fact that the relationship they have with the performance is strictly passive, and the world in which they're so invested is not one in which they can participate.
For my part, I haven't even bothered to turn on most Michigan games this year, since the prospect of watching three hours of lousy football isn't tantalizing enough to schedule my Saturday around it. I am rooting for Michigan to make the Heart of Dallas bowl this year, because the Cotton Bowl is only a few miles from my house, which may make it worth buying a ticket.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||I'm not a Harry Potter guy||
I'm not a Harry Potter guy either, but I'm pretty sure the Slitherin crew was only bad in the sense of being sinister and unscrupulous, not incompetent. The house that just sucked at everything was called Hufflepuff or Puffinstuff or something.
Harry Potter's so damn confusing.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||Maybe he's not talking about||
Maybe he's not talking about non-athletes. Maybe he's really a wizard, which would explain the beard.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||It is hardly surprising that||
It is hardly surprising that Hoke would prove to be weak-willed, since it now seems he was hired primarily to play the lickspittle yes-man to an egomaniac.
After some reflection on the Rodriguez years, though, I wonder if even Hoke can be as bad as his record this year. When he was hired, his record was pretty mediocre compared to what most people thought Michigan could get, but he was generally regarded as a non-power-conference coach on the rise and his qualifications were at least plausible. More to the point, with the amount of talent he has and two coordinators with national championships, a tree stump should have a winning record in the Big Ten.
I'm convinced that somehow there is behind-the-scenes institutional malaise making Hoke even worse than he would otherwise be. I hope that it will be dispelled when they can the arrogant ass who thinks that a few years of polishing pine for Bo make him an expert on how to run a football program, but I worry that it might go deeper than that.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||Maybe you're right that it||
Maybe you're right that it wasn't just the dollar amount as such that made Casteel's decision. Maybe he saw one of the wealthiest athletic departments pushing back over a few thousand dollars and some two-year contracts while negotiating to hire one of the hottest coaches in the country and realized that Rodriguez was facing a level of institutional dysfunction that Casteel wanted no part of.
That would have been awfully perceptive of him.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||Also, if you're wondering why||
Also, if you're wondering why Carr would ever think he had the right to have a say in who his successor hired, or would get bent out of shape when he discovered he wouldn't, I have a theory about that as well: it's part of the Schembechler mythos. Bo made a big deal about how important it was to him that, when he retired, he made sure that the only one leaving would be him, and offered that story up as an example of loyalty. I could easily see Carr believing that, by preventing him from doing the same, Bill Martin and Rodriguez were essentially preventing him from upholding Bo's standards of loyalty.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||It wasn't that Carr wanted to||
It wasn't that Carr wanted to be a cheapskate, it was that Carr resented making any kind of effort to bring in Rodriguez's people because he thought Rodriguez wasn't giving his people a fair shot. If memory serves, the closest Bacon got to a theory about why Carr suddenly became hostile to Rodriguez, after having advocated for considering him initially, was that the shift occurred around the time that it was driven home to Carr that Rodriguez had no intention of hiring a significant number of Carr's assistants.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||Yeah, I didn't really think||
Yeah, I didn't really think there was much dispute anymore about the fact that Casteel begged off (and some of the other assistants considered bailing) because of the somewhat insulting offers they were made, which entailed moving their families to make the same money with no job security. As to the irrationality of making those offers, the theory I gleaned from Bacon was that it may have had something to do with placating Carr, who was angry that Rodriguez wasn't going to give serious consideration to hiring Carr's assistants instead.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||There's maybe an argument to||
There's maybe an argument to be made that Rodriguez's recruiting style and schemes are better suited to playing the upstart and underdog than maximizing the institutional advantages of a traditional powerhouse program; I think there's a good chance he would never have succeeded at Michigan. But it's nonsense to say that Rodriguez's teams have never been good on a national scale. The team that suffered the "choke job" after Pat White was injured, and that would otherwise have played in the BCS championship game, made pretty short work in the Fiesta Bowl of an Oklahoma team that was supposed to have the best defense in the country. Arizona's big win this season was over an Oregon team currently ranked fifth in the country despite that loss, who easily handled State, who did things to Michigan last Saturday I don't care to recall. I haven't the slightest doubt Arizona (like any other good team) would hand Michigan its ass this year, using a much lower level of raw talent. I still think firing Rodriguez when Michigan did was probably best for all concerned, but the notion that "Rich Rod sucks" in any objective sense is belied by events.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||I agree with this idea, in||
I agree with this idea, in that Rodriguez clearly compounded his misfortunes in multiple ways. Arizona should be sending Michigan a big fruit basket, not only for applying the stink of failure to a coach they would have had no chance of getting otherwise but for giving him a baptism of fire in all the more unpleasant aspects of being a head coach.
But the fact remains that the roll Rodriguez is currently on makes it seem ever clearer that, for whatever reason, Michigan is the kind of place where a guy who's been successful everywhere else he's coached can have a losing record--and right now it sure as hell isn't because the Big Ten is a harder conference to play. I find that a sobering thought on the eve of another coaching search.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||I'm a little disappointed||
I'm a little disappointed that there doesn't seem to be much consideration given by Wikipedia latinists to translating the "web" component as "araneum" or a cognate. Since the English is a very intuitive abstraction of a very concrete word, I see no reason not to translate it literally, not to mention that it's much more poetic. I'd vote for "diurnum aranei" or something like that.
|4 weeks 13 hours ago||Not Mark Twain||
"Patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel" is Samuel Johnson, not Mark Twain. I'm not quite sure why every quotation in the world gets attributed either to Mark Twain or Albert Einstein.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||Udderly absurd||
Wait, so you're saying that it isn't that Mike Hart uddered the remark out of the barn, but the fact that other people keep milking it that is a low blow and makes it hard for Dantonio to moo-ve on? I think that argument is a little too neat (Shakespearean cow pun).
You'll make some animal a fine husband with that degree.
|6 weeks 9 hours ago||What is weed?||
A plant whose virtues, unfortunately for our season, Mitch McGary has discovered.
|22 weeks 6 days ago||Actually||
Its literal meaning is something along the lines of "rubbed with oil," which is why it gets translated as "christos" in the Septuagint.
|1 year 8 weeks ago||I'm positive that this is at||
I'm positive that this is at least partially the reference. I'd even bet the song makes an appearance in the soundtrack, like in the episode "Caballo sin Nombre." You forgot the most relevant part of the song's narrative, though: after hiding out in New Mexico for a while the narrator irrationally returns to El Paso to see Felina even though he knows it's suicidal.
Also, I think the alternate spelling isn't relevant: as best I can tell the spelling "feleena" comes from the title of a different Marty Robins song, not the lyrics to El Paso. The Spanish name would obviously be spelled "Felina"
|1 year 16 weeks ago||Not quite;||
Not quite; great-books-college graduate with a particular interest in classical mathematics.
|1 year 16 weeks ago||Fascinating analysis. A||
Fascinating analysis. A quick point of orthography: the first sentence should probably begin "It is a well-established tenet . . .". A well-established tenant would be like that sixth-year graduate student who's lived in the same house on Catherine Street since his sophomore year while roommates come and go around him.
|2 years 5 weeks ago||Actually||
Actually, the verb "eke" means "to make equal", and is most commonly used in modern English is in the phrase "eke out", which means "to make adequate by addition". That meaning obviously isn't what was meant, so we're left to assume that what the author meant was "squeak by", but chose an onomatopoeic variant. Consequently, "eek" may be questionable but is more appropriate than "eke". You're welcome.
|2 years 26 weeks ago||I'll second the||
I'll second the recommendation of Bishop Arts: it actually has the only good barbecue place I've found in Dallas (Lockhart Smokehouse). If your tastes run in the same vein as YVDF's evidently do (expensive steaks and tall women in short dresses) Dallas is really your oyster. The West End has some of the trendier places like that now; the W has Craft and Ghost Bar, as well as myriad other see-and-be-seen establishments. Javier's is good food and an interesting aesthetic (I tend to think of it as the Mexico City equivalent of a club steakhouse), but I don't find it remarkable enough to pay its prices when my employer isn't paying.
|2 years 26 weeks ago||It's not walking distance,||
It's not walking distance, but by Dallas standards it's pretty close. That hotel is, however, within walking distance of the Knox Henderson area, which has its points as well; the area west of 75 is mostly pretty expensive and flashy (though I can recommend some decent restaurants there) but as you get further east things get gradually grungier. There is actually a 24-hour breakfast restaurant in the parking lot for that hotel that I used to frequent; the food is pretty good, but I stopped going after I went a few times when the service was terrible. If you will have a car, that's probably a great place to be if you want to explore Dallas proper, and even if you don't you're within pretty easy walking distance of the Cityplace DART station, from which you can take regular trains to downtown, Mockingbird Station, Plano and other destinations. You'll basically be in my 'hood, so if there's something specific you want to eat, or a type of establishment you're looking for I can probably help. I'll put in a plug for my current favorite restaurant, Teppo, which is quite good yakitori and (secondarily) sushi on Lower Greenville (also quite close to that La Quinta). It's expensive to the degree sushi is expensive, but for the quality they could really be charging a lot more; the owner is the guy working the yakitori grill.
|2 years 26 weeks ago||I tend to regard "Uptown" as||
I tend to regard "Uptown" as a strip running to the west of Stemmons and 75 and east of Cedar Springs, from about Pearl to Blackburn. I haven't heard anyone refer to the Knox-Henderson area as Uptown, and it definitely doesn't extend to Mockingbird (anything north of Knox on that side of 75 is Highland Park, not Dallas).
I can only think of a few hotels that are in uptown; Zsa Zsa and the Crescent. If people are staying there it's likely because there is a vast tract of apartments and townhouses in Uptown where it seems a large proportion of young professional types end up when they first move to Dallas, so odds are good that recent graduates staying with friends would end up there. Addison is pure suburbia (hence chain bars like Fox and Hound) with its only redeeming features being the occasional good ethnic restaurant. The Galleria is where Oklahoma goes to shop on the weekends.
There are some decent bars in Uptown, but, like much of Dallas, the crowd is pretty flashy and pretentious--young lawyers and hedgies trying to impress overdressed strumpets with top-shelf hooch and rich white trash from Highland Park taking their new Maseratis to show off in the valet line. To find a more laid-back scene you'd mostly have to go to lower Greenville or Deep Ellum, though the Greenville area also spills over to Henderson. I don't spend much time clubbing, but if you want more specific recommendations for food or bars intended for drinking I can probably offer some advice.
Also, none but the most timorous ought to regard almost any part of Dallas as unsafe, particularly in comparison with the Detroit area. Ann Arbor probably has a higher violent crime rate than a lot of places in
|3 years 3 weeks ago||Mendacity||
That information would obviously have to have come from someone advocating for Maize 'n' blue; Zingerman's bakes all its own (widely renowned) bread, makes its own corned beef and pastrami, and, since the opening of its creamery, even makes a lot of its own cheese. They may use the same distributor for some items, but to say that the quality of ingredients at both establishments is comparable would be risible.
|3 years 5 weeks ago||Fair enough, and correct||
Fair enough, and correct enough, although I presume you mean you'll use "an" before abbreviations of which the name of the initial letter begins with a vowel sound. I don't imagine you'll be referring, for example, to "an PSU linebacker".
|3 years 5 weeks ago||The answer to this question||
The answer to this question depends on how you would read the abbreviation "MSU". The sole function of adding an n to the article is to prevent elision of a vowel sound in the following word without resorting to the use of a glottal stop (which, when combined with the glottal stop that begins the word "a", makes an awkward stuttering sound). Consequently, if the abbreviation "MSU" is supposed to be read "Michigan State University," as it might have in an age when abbreviations were often simply ways of saving paper, one would use "a" before it; but if one reads the abbreviation as a distinct word, pronounced "em-es-yoo", then the article "an" should be used to avoid sounding awkward. This issue, like many other problems of orthography, is purely a product of the increasing use of written language that is never spoken; it really doesn't matter what article you use if you never have to say the words aloud, and the "correct" usage becomes instinctively obvious when the words are spoken. There is not, nor probably does there need to be any arbitrary rule stating, for example, that before a consonant one should use "an", just an awareness that by use of a particular article one is telegraphing the intended pronunciation of the abbreviation.