At press time, Harbaugh had sent Michigan’s athletic department an envelope containing a heavily annotated seating chart, a list of the 63,000 seat views he had found unsatisfactory, and a glowing 70-page report on section 25, row 12, seat 9, which he claimed is “exactly what the great sport of football is all about.”
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|4 weeks 2 days ago||Yes, North Allegheny||
North Allegheny is located in a northern suburb of Pittsburgh, PA. NA has been powerhouse in football for most of the past decade. #1 HS nationally in 1990, won state championship four times, went to the state finals three times in a row recently winning two. Produced five NFL players. Historically was a pipeline to Penn State. Produced current Wolverine Patrick Kugler who should take over as the starting center in 2016. #1 sports school in PA in terms of state championships in all sports. We were terrible my senior year.
|11 weeks 1 day ago||1969 rushing the field||
I'm in the dark blue in the center
|13 weeks 1 day ago||North Shore||
North Shore of Chicago. I wish I was on the North Shore of Hawaii although I wouldn't survive a day of surfing there.
|15 weeks 14 hours ago||1961 Austin Healy 3000||
Cost $900 in 1969.
|15 weeks 2 days ago||well stated gbdud||
gbdud stated it well. When the admin places a higher priority on students and alum then you gain comradery and spirit.
|15 weeks 2 days ago||spirit||
Winning does not equal team spirit but there has to be a strong correlation. Having a better coach and better team performance should help revitalize Michigan’s student spirit. Having a current and future AD that cares about students and helping them to be engaged with real experiences will go a long way to improving student spirit.
Many, many years ago when I was a student, we went to the games because all our friends went and we had fun. When I attended my first Rose Bowl game in 1972, I purchase a random ticket on the street prior to the game and sat in a student section of LA kids. They were very surprised with the student cheering of Michigan. We cheered because there was no piped in music. It was either the band or cheerleaders and an excellent football team.
Not saying that was better than today. I attended the last UTL ND game and it was magical. Just need a good team and a good atmosphere and great things will happen. Current “temp” AD seems to get it. Can he build a staff that is more concerned with real experiences for students? Probably. Can they start to have a better dialog with current students? Probably. It does not have to be that complicated. I’m sure there are politics, budget concerns with passionate people with opposing points of view in the current athletic department that need to be managed. Current AD has the experience to handle all that. But so did the previous AD. What went off the tracks with the previous AD? Why did it happen? Interesting story behind the scenes – hopefully Bacon will get some of these stories out. Not the best decade for Michigan football but the other sports seem to be doing well.
|24 weeks 2 days ago||What would Jon say?||
What would Jon Stewart say?
|31 weeks 5 days ago||FSU should be ashamed||
Florida State University should be ashamed. They and the local police care only about FSU football. The Feds should give them the death sentence. The Winston so called investigation was a farce. Evidence was destroyed, information was shared with Winston’s lawyer and not the plaintiff. This has all been well covered in national media. I know FSU grads are cringing and getting worried. Three of my best friends are FSU grads. They are sick about this.
Is this unusual for priorities to be given to football players instead of justice? It happens but it is not right or fair. I would never let my daughters go to a school where they shame women so much. Rape happens in many places and even good universities. But it doesn’t have to happen. Behavior can change. People can be brought to justice. The justice system can work . . . even within a university setting. Usually everyone needs training and a sense of urgency. Women have a right to an education without being afraid. FSU cares about none of this. I hope FSU burns in hell for their behavior. Have the Feds cut them off from funding. I hope they start losing football games and women stop applying to school there. They are despicable.
I want Michigan to win in athletics but not at the price of a lack of integrity.
|38 weeks 23 hours ago||we will be there||
Meeting friends before the game and taking two of my kids. Easy 15 minute drive from the North Shore but I don't like the lack of tailgating. I like the small Ryan stadium. The two teams have actually played exciting games in the past 20 years. Hopefully, it is a fun and winning day. We will be looking for kids activities and I'll be bring extra beer to share with anyone wearing M gear.
|38 weeks 1 day ago||Keep drinking . . .||
JBE: Did Hackett really say "to keep drinking and stay up all night" in an email? If so, that is awesome. It shows a sense of humor. Hackett sounds a great AD. We could use someone that is capable plus is human. That sounds good to me!
|42 weeks 1 day ago||Thanks||
Reading these UFR is a blessing. You get in-depth analysis which yields a better understanding of the this game and the team in general. It is based on facts - the humor and emotion is a bonus. Right now it helps all of us deal with these turbulent times. Brian, keep up the good work.
|43 weeks 1 day ago||Michigan #3 in San Francisco||
Most of San Francisco has Michigan as the #3. This is surprising. Cool map. Thanks
|47 weeks 13 hours ago||Northwestern games||
Northwestern University is just a few miles from where I have lived for the past 20+ years. They are on a quarter system. Their fall quarter starts on Tuesday Sept 23. The game on Saturday is against NIU (Northern Illinois U). Should be a close game. There should be plenty of tickets available since NW students are not on campus yet, their team is very suspect and it stormed big time today around Chicago.
Rhino77 has the transportation correct. The campus is located on the lake, the NW stadium is located about a mile off campus, Evanston is nice while Chicago is wild, windy and wooly. Weather is expected to be cool (70 F) and decent. Ryan stadium is a small fan friendly stadium. It needs updating which will occur when they raise the money and/or their team performs.
There are about 2 million Catholics in Chicago area so you will not have any trouble finding ND fans to watch the game with on Saturday night. There was a separate post last week or so about where to watch Michigan games while in Chicago.
|47 weeks 18 hours ago||Funny||
I can relate to that comment
|1 year 5 weeks ago||You should be banned||
There is no reason to call someone such a name. It is shameful. You have no reason for insulting anyone like that. You should be banned. Red carded for life for biting comments!
|1 year 6 weeks ago||Love Nik and the Bulls but||
I doubt that he is still there when they have their first pick. A healthy Rose (a huge assumption) would allow Nik to have some spacing and time to learn the NBA. Would make watching the Bulls much more fun but I'm not holding out any hope for that to happen. Fun rumor.
|1 year 8 weeks ago||top three||
Top three Michigan games
1. 1969 Ohio game. Beat undefeated Ohio and sent us to the Rose Bowl. I help tear down the goal posts. Most unexpected win.
2. Jan 1, 1998 Pasadena, NCG. Took my oldest daughter to see Michigan win a National Championship. Most spirit, fans were singing "Hail to the Victors" walking into the stadium.
3. UTL II took my wife to see a Michigan game - her first game. Most exciting to see Michigan beat ND at night. Life is good.
|1 year 9 weeks ago||Love the WC||
Looking forward to watch the WC. I know just a little about soccer and I could use Brian's commentary to help me better understand. Borges isn't coaching the US team is he?
One of my daughters played serious club soccer in the 90's and she met most of the US Women's team plus saw a couple of games in Chicago during the Women's WC. It was an awesome experience. Great atmosphere, good drama and plenty of excitement. Highly recommend attending a WC game if you have the opportunity.
|1 year 13 weeks ago||Awesome update||
All new information for me. I didn't know there was a cycling club at Uof M. I raced a couple of times in the 70's (enough to know I'm not good enough to be competitive). Please make an update this fall. I would love to purchase a jersey. Sounds like the club is making excellent progress. Thanks for the post.
|1 year 13 weeks ago||Impact on NW football Union vote?||
The NCAA didn't think about the impact of Mitch's ban on the Northwestern football union vote. If you were on the that team what would your vote be after hearing about Mitch?
|1 year 14 weeks ago||Sad for Mitch||
He seems like a good kid, best of luck to him. I hope he stays healthy. "Just Win" will be our memory of him . . . plus his smiling face.
|1 year 14 weeks ago||Intersting||
I thought that ice helped more than this article indicates. Thanks!
|1 year 15 weeks ago||Not happy||
FSU cannot be proud of this. But it has happened in most places where sports are more important than human dignity/justice. It is an outrage that TPD/FSU was so blatant about the lack of pretending to care about a young women and her case. I’m not happy that people value football or any sport more than protecting the rights of citizens. I’m not surprised that ESPN is not running this on their front page because why would they investigate such a story. I’m not happy that in the 21st century in the USA you still have this good old boy BS stuff still happening and the police get away with being incompetent and the University does nothing. Can’t the Feds take away funding for this type of disregard of action from FSU? I feel bad for the young lady.
|1 year 22 weeks ago||You are right||
I do not know how to edit my post but I remember the credits at the end of Caddyshack saying the filming was in Kansas but when I looked it up on IMDb they said three locations in Florida including Davie. I stand corrected. Thanks.
|1 year 22 weeks ago||Caddyshack story||
Harold Ramis was awesome. He lived near me and I met him once. Nice guy. Bill Murray also grew up locally here on the North Shore of Chicago. Local legend has it that Bill Murray’s father worked at the local snooty country club/golf course (Golf Digest always had them as a top 10 snootiest clubs. One year they didn’t make it . . . local joke is that they sued to get back on the list). Mr. Murray got his sons jobs at the club as caddies. Supposedly, old man Murray made his kids help pay for their Jesuit high school (Loyola). The Murray boys heard and produced many funny stories from their mis-adventures working at the club. When Bill Murray and Harold Ramis started hanging out together and they started telling stories. The family stories of the Murray’s at the county club produced Caddy Shack. The local club wouldn’t let them film there . . . the script was too obvious. So they ended up in Kansas for the golf course scenes.
The world is a sadder place today. We lost a talented and funny guy. Long live the spirit of Harold Ramis.
|1 year 23 weeks ago||Some suggestions||
You are brave. You have your hands full with young twins.
I spent 17 years in San Francisco and spent plenty of time in Napa and Sonoma. There are some good comments from the MGoWine drinking crowd above.
Napa is more commercial and they tend to have better known and better quality wine makers. Sonoma is much bigger geographically, more relaxed and more rural. Napa has the best Cabs, they are about even in Chards, Sonoma has better Pinots, Napa has superior Zins. Napa has a warmer summer climate while Sonoma is closer to the cool Pacific air which produces better Pinot Noir and Chardonnays. The wine making in Napa has always been better than Sonoma except for a few small wineries like Flowers in Sonoma.
Napa:Oakville Grocery was already mentioned. Tough to beat for a nice picnic pick-up. Calistoga is worth the visit. The suggestions about the Napa wineries are good. I would add Schaumberg Winery. You need to make reservations in advance. Beautiful views of Napa from the top of the hills. Cool caves, excellent sparkling wine.
Sonoma:Sonoma Square comments are spot on for younger kids.
10400 Sonoma Highway
Kenwood, CA 95452
707-833-1293 spa, this is worth a visit – just to look.
Not related to the Inn, about ½ mile away
Very good food
Kunde Estate Winery & Vineyards
10155 Sonoma Highway
Kenwood, CA 95452
Tour of the caves is worth it. You may be able to take tour of their vineyard. Up in the hills there is the ruins of an old winery overlooking the winery and Sonoma. Romantic view. Good Survigonon Blanc. Everything else is just so-so.
Healdsburg is a happening place. Good food and nice but expensive hotels. Good place for lunch with your family. Plenty of excellent wine tasting nearby. http://www.healdsburg.com/
Marin:Pt Reyes, Mt. Tam, Stinson Beach plus Muir Woods are worth at least one day and maybe two.
San Francisco: Mountain Lake Park (just off Park Presidio Blvd and Lake Ave in the Richmond district or in the Presidio park area). Ideal for young children. We lived just a couple of blocks away.
Coolest museum is Exploratorium. They recently moved and re-opened. Hands on science experiments. Your kids are young but you should all enjoy it.
Enjoy! I'm jealous.
|1 year 26 weeks ago||This is complicated||
I appreciate Erik’s organization of the facts as they are now known. It is easy to see how facts and rumors are misunderstood just trying to read the initial reports and the 587 comments on Brian’s post on this issue.
I’m in favor of integrity, at all levels and at the cost of winning football games. I hope we never sink to the level of Alabama, Oklahoma, Ohio, Miami, USC or Florida State in order to win any games. As the father of seven daughters, I’m favor of safety for all students. No one should be assaulted and everyone should be given due process. Shame, fear and anxiety are powerful emotions that often overlooked. They can plague a person for the rest of their lives.
I cannot say I’m proud of the University at this moment but I’m not rushing to judgment until we see or better understand more facts. There is plenty of good things happening at U of M right now (academics, arts and sports wise) but this elongated case has created bad PR. It makes me feel bad. We are all upset by this case and its impact on the community. I’m waiting to see if further clarification if forthcoming. Erik’s factual timeline was very helpful to better understand. Thanks.
|1 year 33 weeks ago||Thanks Brian||
Looking at MGoBlog is a joy. I love the insight, the details and fandom. I’m sorry that some people cannot filter their comments.
My wife is a pediatric psychologist. She helps people with social communication like impulse control, maturity, thinking about the other person, sharing their feelings, being appropriate, non-verbal communication, inference, etc. Most of her clients are people with issues like ADHD, social anxiety or people on the autism spectrum, like Aspergers. Most men under the age of 50 could use her help.
She is willing to provide counseling to those MGoBlog readers, posters, and banned posters. Some people can help themselves and others need help.
I’m interested in a healthy community and I support Brian in his quest for a bully free, social, emotionally mature blog site. Hail to the Victors.
|1 year 38 weeks ago||Hoke won||
Hoke won the wet T-shirt contest on Saturday, I'll give him that.
|1 year 39 weeks ago||Helpful comments||
Good summary. Seth’s analysis and your insights help me better understand how Borges is using the team’s strengths and avoiding weaknesses. Makes you appreciate how fast the decison making is for Gardner and the the pressure it puts on the defense.