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|2 weeks 2 days 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!
|3 weeks 5 days 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.
|5 weeks 1 day 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.
|6 weeks 6 days 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.
|10 weeks 2 days 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.
|10 weeks 6 days 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?
|11 weeks 1 hour 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.
|11 weeks 6 days ago||Intersting||
I thought that ice helped more than this article indicates. Thanks!
|12 weeks 1 day 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.
|19 weeks 2 days 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.
|19 weeks 3 days 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.
|20 weeks 2 days 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.
|23 weeks 1 day 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.
|30 weeks 6 days 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.
|35 weeks 2 days ago||Hoke won||
Hoke won the wet T-shirt contest on Saturday, I'll give him that.
|36 weeks 3 days 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.
|37 weeks 6 days ago||Love that photo||
|38 weeks 1 day ago||Coaches are people too!||
Does Borges have a learning curve? Why would any coach keep running these plays? Is there an expectation that the OL will improve this season?
Makes me sad for this season.
|40 weeks 6 days ago||Process question?||
Do big time college programs and NFL teams break down their film immediately after a game so that the next day or less than 24 hours after the game, the coaches have scored and evaluated their position players? In other words, do they follow a system of UFR like Brian’s except with many more resources to speed the process and get into even more detail? It is helpful for me to better understand the details of individual players and/or team and to quantify strengths/weaknesses when I see Brian’s UFR. I love the analysis. Since I last played high school football before most everyone at MGoBlog was born, we just had some minor film sessions regarding the other team.
Just curious how much Moneyball type analytics goes into breaking down your own team these days and how much they use that to apply to the actual coaching? I’m sure it depends on the style and philosophy of the coaching staff.
I would be interested in hearing from coaches and players.
|41 weeks 2 days ago||Does Borges read MGoBlog?||
Great suggestions. Now how to get them implemented? Once Gardner has a couple of good games then the focus will be developing the run game and improving all the younger players.
|44 weeks 2 days ago||Encouraging||
Nice to see Borges leveraging one of the strengths of the offensive line. I was wondering how we were going to counter the strength of ND’s defensive line.
It will be interesting to see how Borges uses Gardner in the ND game. It is a match-up that is very different than last year with Gardner’s ability to throw.
Good to see that Borges has the ability to adapt. Very encouraging.
|45 weeks 1 day ago||Are your tix still for sale?||
I'm interested. Thanks
|45 weeks 1 day ago||Good cause||
The event looks awesome and Harry is correct.
|1 year 3 weeks ago||I'll buy tickets to ND||
Anyone looking to turn a quick profit . . . I'll purchase any extra tickets for the ND game this year. Just got the green light from my wife that we can go. Usually have too many other activities. Please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
|1 year 23 weeks ago||Inner-Outer||
Inner-Outer has my vote. Get to see Michigan when they come to visit NW.
|1 year 41 weeks ago||search for rivals||
This has to be unusual to be searching for a new rival. I do not think that recruiting for potential high school kids should drive our priority. I think we should pick a school that has passion and panache. Texas, Stanford, Florida, Virginia, Cal, UCLA and perhaps Colorado are all good possibilities. They are all schools that can afford to play anyone, have a strong and loyal fan base (maybe not always for football). With the exception of Colorado and Florida, all of these schools are in major population centers and near Michigan fans. We can experiment before we find our next long-term rival but I would have a long-term plan in mind regarding our future partner. We want a partner that strikes a balance between good sportsmanship (plays fair in terms of recruiting) and enthusiasm for the game. Hopefully, this enthusiasm would extend into other sports. Cal would be my first choice because the San Francisco area is awesome and Berkley has a new stadium and they are excellent in many sports, just not football right now.
|1 year 42 weeks ago||High School diving coach||
Bruce is a high school coach for diving and freshman women's water polo at a Chicago suburb high school. He finished college at U of I, Chicago. The local high school has produced more sports championships than any other Illinois high school including 22 swim state championships.
Bruce is a recovering alcoholic and gives an annual speech to the entire school about drinking. He is married and has three kids according to wiki.
One on my daughters was on the swim team and said nothing but good things about him. She did not know about his past or his father.
Sometimes second chances work out. Bruce is doing good work now.
|1 year 43 weeks ago||Any sport will do||
My experience is that any sport will teach you teamwork, toughness, discipline, independence and resilience. You can gain confidence with almost any positive experience with any sport with some good parent support and some good coaching.
1. My oldest daughter started playing soccer in second grade. We had just moved to the Chicago area and her best friend played soccer and we signed her up to play AYSO. Her coach was a jerk. All he cared about was winning. His daughter was a super star and she played the whole game. My daughter sat most of the games. Finally my wife said something to the coach. “Look, I know that my daughter is not that good at soccer, you know that she is not good but by not playing her you are communicating to her and now she knows that she is not good." Coaching fail. My daughter went on to success in gymnastics, met her best friends on the team in high school and is now in her late 20’s and successful in life and in business. Another one of my daughters had a similar bad experience with volleyball but a good experience with swimming.
2. Second daughter had the opposite story with soccer. She saw her older sister playing soccer and decided that was her game. She had success, great teammates resulting in state championships at the club and high school team level. Her primary coach for the first five years was Dutch. He knew soccer but more important he knew about being a good leader. He always started the season with a speech to the team (really directed to the parents) about A) Sportsmanship, B) Safety, C) Having fun while learning soccer – together with the attributes of teamwork, etc. This daughter is still friends with most of her teammates (the club team and the high school team are about the same surprisingly). She is a social worker for a large hospital in Chicago and just started grad school.
3. My own experience with football was not good. My football coach was awesome when I was younger before I started playing football. He opened the gym on Saturdays and supervised any and all sports. Great enthusiasm and patients. Many of his players went on to play college football and some played professional football. Unfortunately, he became an alcoholic. By the time I was big enough to play (you had to weigh over 120 pounds for high school football and I didn’t start to grow until I was 16 . . . like Swan Flu, I wrestled until I grew) the coach was out of control. He picked up kids and threw them, etc. His rage overcame his love of the game and his humanity. Being on the team was a character building experience but not in a good way. It soured me on football until Bo became the Michigan coach and I saw that a good leader could be a good football coach.
The sport doesn’t matter. What matters is help your children to learn about their experiences. Teach them about sportsmanship and helping their teammates and pushing themselves. It is not about your ego and how you feel when they win. It is about you teaching them. Any sport provides an excellent opportunity for teaching.
|1 year 43 weeks ago||Interesting||
I hope that Mattison's weakness is triple option and not the lack of defensive adjustments. On the other hand, it cannot be good when you have two freshman linebackers playing instead of your two most experienced linebackers . . . because of performance.
|1 year 43 weeks ago||Good observations||
Thats for the analysis. Much appreciated. We will see a test of your theories in the ND and MSU games. I'm sure the offensive line will get better. Most teams will try to stop our best weapons of running the ball and force Denard to beat them by passing.