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|9 weeks 6 days ago||The third step is to blame||
The third step is to blame the officials...
|12 weeks 6 days ago||It's 1979, I'm an idiotic,||
It's 1979, I'm an idiotic, countrified 18 year old, and I had just taken a tour of NTM. I take the tour of UM, and the tour guide is this hipsterish punk rock woman who proceeds to tell us about how much everything sucks here. This is the library - it's jampacked and you can never get a seat. This is Markley Hall - the only thing worse than the food are the cattle stall showers. This is...you get the point.
Needless to say, that was not my experience at NTM.
Finally, I'm just too intrigued to stand it. I ask her why she goes there then, expecting another smart ass answer. Instead, she looks at all of us and says, "Why the hell would you go anywhere else? This is the University of Michigan..."
I was sold...
|15 weeks 19 hours ago||I ignored this on the earlier||
I ignored this on the earlier post, but I'll say it here - I grew up in Ohio, was steeped in the rivalry, couldn't wait for the Buckeyes to beat that team up North, until I went to Ann Arbor (for the academics, duh), sat through some games, felt my feelings change, and rooted hard for the maize and blue in that first game. After that, I'm all Blue...down here, though (we had to move back for work), it's hard not to be indoctrinated...give the kid a break...
|25 weeks 5 days ago||Yes, they have studs||
Yes, they have studs outside...and yes, the OL got manhandled in the middle. Hoke's strategy for recruiting thus becomes obvious - get the talent to take the game to them. For all the complaining about coaching, having OLine talent to match tOSU's defensive talent will be part of what makes watching this game fun again...
|33 weeks 2 days ago||I understand the cynicism,||
I understand the cynicism, but West Virginians have adopted that song (done by a skinny little hippie), and I've found myself far too late at night closing a bar singing it with a bunch of former strangers...
|36 weeks 3 days ago||This might be obvious, but||
This might be obvious, but I'm guessing that Gardner sees the example of Ryan Tannehill and knows that playing receiver this year doesn't preclude him playing quarterback - well - next year...
|36 weeks 4 days ago||I'm observing the same things||
I'm observing the same things from Denard's passing (increased accuracy, better footwork), but I'm wondering how long the 'Denard is a terrible passer' meme sticks around in the national media discourse...
|42 weeks 2 days ago||I was on a dream team - I||
I was on a dream team - I made the pick of the litter in a raft guide obstacle course. Of course, we were all sorta drunk, but we got to hurl small boats at each other and climb stacks of rafts while doing a throw bag toss (distance AND accuracy)...
|44 weeks 21 hours ago||Cubans!||
I heard all kinds of horror stories about customs, but when I came back from italy with some the agent didn't even check...
|50 weeks 2 days ago||RIP Ray. The Martian||
RIP Ray. The Martian Chronicles was one of my favorite reads as a teen. When I went to Michigan (dark ages, sometime around 1250), only one person in the English department admitted to reading Bradbury, Tolkien, Delaney, Ditsch, and LeGuin. I'm glad that's changed with the presence of Eric Rabkin...
|51 weeks 6 days ago||Seems like we've had a thread||
Seems like we've had a thread about bad weekends to get married, but I had family who got married on the third Saturday of November. Thank Cthulu for mini TVs...
|1 year 3 days ago||Wow - that is an incredibly||
Wow - that is an incredibly thorough list. I can see college presidents getting their panties in a bundle already...
|1 year 3 weeks ago||And I think you point out a||
And I think you point out a potential problem with Harbaugh coming - we would always have worried about him leaving for the pros...
|1 year 3 weeks ago||Are inside linebackers the||
Are inside linebackers the new running backs? (don't play every down, careers over fairly quickly)...
|1 year 4 weeks ago||Yep. I still don't know what||
Yep. I still don't know what a chimichanga was/is, but I loved getting big city radio in my little town (grew up in Marion, 45 minutes north of Columbus). Before 1980, the only thing I knew about Cleveland was that show and Browns football...of course, seeing The Jam at the old Agora changed that a bit...
|1 year 4 weeks ago||Agreed on the range, and Mike||
Agreed on the range, and Mike McGee could shoot as well.
I'll bet they were great guys, as they sounded humble despite all of their success both on and off the court. One of them (Marty I guess?) also had great Bo stories, as he worked for the Athletic Department for several years. And of course Bo was born in Barberton.
One of his stories gave me a feel for just how deeply those Barberton ties run. One of them noted that when he went to visit Michigan on a recruiting trip it was fairly close to the state championship game that they lost. When the assistant coach took him in to meet Bo, the first words out of Bo's mouth were 'What happened?', referring to the basketball game. Bo obviously knew the score, but he wanted to hear the story himself like any fan.
|1 year 4 weeks ago||Sorry about not linking -||
Sorry about not linking - actually listened to it on the radio and couldn't find a podcast. They mentioned the Carter Scott rivalry, saying that they keep running into Scott at basketball functions. They even talked about one dinner at which they sat with Scott and Phil Hubbard and talked northeast Ohio high school basketball until late in the night. As someone who graduated from high school in 1980 I would have loved to hear that.
|1 year 7 weeks ago||And Antoine Joubert coached||
And Antoine Joubert coached in the ABA for a while (not that ABA)...
|1 year 7 weeks ago||Phil Hubbard coached under||
Phil Hubbard coached under Eddie Jordan for a while - don't know what he's doing now...
|1 year 9 weeks ago||I agree with these,||
I agree with these, especially vision. Mike Hart is the obvious example, but I grew up rooting for Jamie Morris, who was incredibly fast but had great vision as well - he never ran into the back of his own linemen like so many other fast runners did/do...
|1 year 10 weeks ago||Glen Rice.||
|1 year 10 weeks ago||My wife picks by which place||
My wife picks by which place she'd rather visit...
|1 year 11 weeks ago||Agreed - they still believe||
Agreed - they still believe in Urban's magic in Columbus, I think, but there's starting to be some grumbling about recruiting in-state, or lack thereof...
|1 year 11 weeks ago||Perhaps. I went to the men's||
Perhaps. I went to the men's basketball game in Columbus this year, and I can't tell you how many times I heard, "yeah, you beat our second string." Most folks were okay - the comment I heard the most was "we're just glad the rivalry is back," but there was still a collection of inane comments...
|1 year 11 weeks ago||Thanks for this - hadn't||
Thanks for this - hadn't heard of them, just downloaded on Spotify...brilliant!
|1 year 12 weeks ago||Was he actually feeling||
Was he actually feeling pressure?
|1 year 13 weeks ago||Thanks - I agree that this||
Thanks - I agree that this was a good read.
What it made me wonder about is the changing landscape of college football. I used to believe that being a player's coach in college was a death knell - Larry Coker was the perfect example, and hard-ass coaches who maintained a distance were usually more successful (as coaches, not human beings). I wonder if that has changed, and that coaches become team builders as much as anything, laying off on the discipline at all costs approach for a more fatherly one. Especially if your dad is a fun-loving guy who can still lay down the law when he needs to...
|1 year 13 weeks ago||Are you sure there are no||
Are you sure there are no more, esp. after your retweet from Jake Butts?
|1 year 13 weeks ago||Yep. This sort of day is why||
Yep. This sort of day is why I enjoyed NSD...no drama...UM didn't pull off any last-minute surprises, but the kids who said yes all came, Hoke and Co. didn't lose a soul, and they had already started on building the next class, from the ground up both in football and personal terms.
|1 year 15 weeks ago||Thanks for the memories -||
Thanks for the memories - spent way too much money there from 82-84...they used to have great bands there, if I remember right...first place I saw what was left of the Stooges (I think they called themselves the _____ watusis, with the blank replaced by a different adjective every night)...