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|5 weeks 6 days 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.
|6 weeks 3 hours 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!
|9 weeks 6 days 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.
|10 weeks 6 days ago||Michigan #3 in San Francisco||
Most of San Francisco has Michigan as the #3. This is surprising. Cool map. Thanks
|14 weeks 5 days 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.
|14 weeks 5 days ago||Funny||
I can relate to that comment
|25 weeks 1 day 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!
|26 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.
|28 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.
|29 weeks 5 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.
|33 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.
|33 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?
|33 weeks 6 days 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.
|34 weeks 5 days ago||Intersting||
I thought that ice helped more than this article indicates. Thanks!
|35 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.
|42 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.
|42 weeks 2 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.
|43 weeks 1 day 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.
|46 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.
|1 year 1 week 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 6 weeks ago||Hoke won||
Hoke won the wet T-shirt contest on Saturday, I'll give him that.
|1 year 7 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.
|1 year 8 weeks ago||Love that photo||
|1 year 8 weeks 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.
|1 year 11 weeks 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.
|1 year 12 weeks 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.
|1 year 15 weeks 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.
|1 year 15 weeks ago||Are your tix still for sale?||
I'm interested. Thanks
|1 year 15 weeks ago||Good cause||
The event looks awesome and Harry is correct.
|1 year 26 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 email@example.com.