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|18 weeks 10 hours ago||UCLA SoCal and Michigan||
Growing up in Michigan during the 60s and 70s and Graduating from U of M in 80, I always looked at those in Southern California as a bunch of fruits and nuts. Having now lived 11 miles from Downtown LA for 15 years I have not changed my opinion on that. I would not live anywhere else other than maybe Hawaii now. While I miss the falls I do not miss the snow. Out here the snow is where God meant it to be in the mountains should one wish to partake of all its pleasure. It is great to wake up on New Years Day each year to see a blue sky and 72 degrees. I've been a UCLA season ticket holder for 14 years now and seen basically a so so team much of the time including this year. The players always seem so timid and not well disciplined, which I blame on the coaching staff. But I need that upfront in person college football experience and I will not go to the colesium to see USC, The Rose Bowl and Old Town Pasedena is a true pleasure in the fall.
|18 weeks 5 days ago||Where were you||
That Tuesday Morning I left the West Coast of Denmark in my rental car at 5AM. I drove south and East and caught a ferry across the Baltic Sea to Rostock Germany. I was heading towards a Wind Turbine Construction site just east of Rostock. I arrived at the site around 1pm. About 215PM someone came over and said a plane had just crashed into the WTC, then he said a 2nd one. The suggestion was made to go to my Hotel which I did. I checked into the hotel, the replays were on all TVs, the desk personnel were so kind making sure I had everything I needed. I said did you have Internet (yes they did in the business center), did they have a restaurant and wine, yes on both parts. I promptly called my family in Los Angeles and found out what was going on. Dinner was comped fro me that night by the restaurant staff. My company lost me for 3 days ( they forgot where i was during all the chaos). I stayed in Rostock until Friday driving back to Copenhagen. I got out on a flight to Toronto on Saturday, stayed the night, flew to Calgary and got the first flight landing into a reopened LAX on a plane full of 5 people. It was a surreal experience being in Europe at that time watching the events checking online. That experience burns in my mind as where I was closely to being in 1st grade Nov 23, 1963 and the teachers telling us President Kennedy was dead.
|21 weeks 3 days ago||Greatest College Player Watced||
For Michigan it would be Anthony Carter in person. Outside of Michigan and the best gutty performance making him in my mind the Greatest was Archie Manning playing and running with a broken arm, Late 1970 and the Gator Bowl 1/2/71. I have not seen anyone play so gutty, so well with such an injury in my many viewing years.
|26 weeks 4 days ago||What Other Teams||
I follow UCLA football because I live 8 miles from the Rosebowl and need that upfront in stadium experience. This year marks the 13th year as a Season Ticket Holder for my son and I.. Last Saturday night was season ticket holder appreciation night. 2000 or so tickets holders and my son and I watching 42 the Jackie Robinson movie on the big screen of the Rosebowl while sitting on the 30 yard line, a 3/4 moon in the southwest sky, free popcorn, beer available and tours and players around before the movie. It was a very nice night in the Rosebowl.
|28 weeks 2 days ago||Fidrych and the Summer of 76||
That was a hell of a summer, I was 19, just finished Freshman Year. I was at home at back in New Buffalo, MI. I had a job building houses (awesome tan), a car and a girl friend. Drinking age was 18 in MI at that time, it was the Bicentennial Year and Fidrych was a sensation. A congruence of events and a time I don't think has been repeated. WLS out of Chicago rockin the summer away and again Fidrych. He gave a boost to baseball that was sorely needed. Flash forward Summer of 78 I was working on campus washing windows and cleaning up dorms for the summer during the day. At night a few of us would regularly drive up to the Old Tiger Stadium and spend 2 dollars to sit in the bleachers with the homeless and drunks. We easily hit 35 games that summer. Memories an old guy can appreciate.
|38 weeks 4 days ago||First Album You Ever Bought with Your Own Money||
The Runaways , Cherry Bomb, 1976, those girls were so hot
|1 year 17 weeks ago||BYU Point Spread||
My son and I were up close at the Night Game at the Rose Bowl last night. BYU frustrated UCLA not so much their Defense which did in reality fluster Chose Rosen, but BYUs offense which seemed to at will have the short pass open all night. Realistically UCLAs defense took a hit when one of their leading LBs was booted for what all saw as a fake leading with his helmet that just hit grass and no man. UCLAs d picked it up a bit in the 4th but it was the running game that won it for the Bruins, 296 yards running 219 by Paul Perkins, BYU can be run against and Michigan has a good enough O line and backs to take advantage of that maybe not as successful as UCLA but clearly enough to win if the D stops the short pass.
|1 year 26 weeks ago||Worst Sporting Venue Ever Attended||
Old Tiger Stadium, Summer of 1977, Center Field Bleachers, $2 to get in, $1.00 large beers, hundreds of Homeless bums throwing up and throwing beer at Ron Leflore. Wrigley Field, April 1, 1973, skipped school to go to Opening Day with HS Buds, 25 degrees, 20 foot snow drifts outside Stadium, 30 Mph winds, Cubs as usual sucked but at least they served us beer and did not ask for ID.
|1 year 28 weeks ago||CFB Hate||
Ohio 100% triple pure evil
Notre Dame 100% double pure evil
Little Brother 100 % just pure evil
I would actually rate ND as more evil grew up 40 miles from there, hated them for all the ref biased BB and football games in the 60s and early 70s. Loved it so much that after ND BB defeated UCLA BB at home John Wooden said don't worry we will get them back and they did destroying ND BB in the Tournament. So many memories of pay back to the evil ones. My Son and daughter think I'm a bit nuts when I talk about the evil ones and I usually throw in the Red Sox in the same discussion cause they are also evil.
|1 year 28 weeks ago||Burgers at Redamaks in New Buffalo||
Yes, Redamaks are good I grew up in New Buffalo, worked at Redamaks in 73-74 cooking up those Burgers. Next best thing is Inn-N-Out which is what I had for Lunch on the 4th with my Son and Daughter, and then later lots of Different Asian food at Santa Anita Race Track at the 626 Nightmarket.
|1 year 34 weeks ago||Season Tickets Single or Odd Availability||
What they do at the Rose Bowl for UCLA season tickets is NOT allow one to buy tickets and leave a single open seat next to where you buy. For example if there are 3 seats in line you can buy 1 or 3 but not 2. This applies for new season ticket holders or seat swaps for existing season ticket holders. They have been doing this for a number of years. Interesting this year is the first year one has to pay a tiered premium price for seats. It's actually a donation membership tio the Wooden Athletic Fund. It used to be a set 380 dollar fee whether one had one or two or more season tickets, it's now a tiered price per ticket ranging from 100 to 1600 per ticket depending on location in the stadium, me thinks they saw what the likes of Big Blue and others were doing and decided to adopt a similar arrangement
|1 year 34 weeks ago||Most Extreme Experience||
December 11, 1995, Guangzhou, China. My Chinese (from Taiwan) wife and I had just been handed our second adopted child (a son) 6 days earlier in Changsha, Hunan. Older daughter (2+ years old adopted in May 1994) was with us. Son decides to start holding his breath turning not blue but black and passing out not once but multiple times. Physician on trip from USA with us says no problem 25% of children do this, he is doing this because he is frustrated but wakes up each time calm and always surprisingly hungry. While that might be a bit anxious and nervous making that was not the trouble. Dear wife starts freaking out, feels she can't take care of him,why didn't they say he had this problem, what are we going to do, we have to give him back.... She was not consoled, time to dig down deep find a way a solution. Step one have physician on trip evaluate our son; she says he appears to have been a premature child hence the lack of muscle tone other than stomach muscles from crying and was an excessive drooler. Dr. Says he must be a tough one to have survived 13 months from birth in an orphanage in one of the poorer regions. Step two local Physician review at local clinic nearby (needed to finalize visa for USA entry). Chinese Dr. Looks at him, my Chinese wife talking away in Mandarin insisting on extra tests beyond the normal. All tests point again to a child of premature birth with low muscle tone but otherwise healthy. He had this look in his eyes I was not going to give him back. Wife still nervous but less so, big sis ok has someone to play with. Step three get on phone with wife's older sister in Taiwan, 2 hours and 450 U.S. Dollars later wife is calmer we can keep him but wife's older sister will meet us in Hong Kong in a few days for face to face review. Step four meet SIL in Hong Kong, son takes to SIL well plays with her glasses laughs at her, wife is getting warmer to son, though still nervous. Spring forward to today, son is 20 just finishing 2nd year in local community college, he volunteers at church with the young kids, does audio visual, works with Youth Group, has four close girl friends he hangs with, is the most social and confident young man and very close to mom. We all joke about those few days in Dec of 95 in China and my wife readily admits she wanted to give him back. With a lot of help I talked her down from the cliff showed he he was meant for us and that we could handle him. An extreme time maybe but one certainly filled with emotion. I put my Engineers solution skills to the extreme test that month and it paid off.
|1 year 36 weeks ago||Fav College Football Stadium||
I will have to also agree the Rose Bowl is it especially after the recent upgrades. Been a UCLA season ticket holder for 12 years now cause I live here in Southern Taxifornia and need that upfront Big time College experience and it easy to get to in Pasadena.
|1 year 39 weeks ago||Harbaugh and Exposure||
Coach seems to be putting a hurt (in a good way) on all College Football, shaking them up, moving off the certain path and being authentic, honest and certainly creative. One can only trust this will extend to play on the field. Go Jim Go, keep it up.
|1 year 39 weeks ago||Jim Harbaugh Latest Comments||
Boy I just can't feel that Coach Harbaugh is in the right place at the right time for Big Blue Football. He's too intense for Pro Football players more suited for college. He says football is the last bastion for men, he says Chris Kyle is an American Hero and American Sniper is a good movie and it you don't agree with me, I don't care. A man's man telling it as he see's it and one who does not care about Political correctness. One can't help but believe the team is pysched up about this guy and the recruits looking at UofM take notice.
Keep it up coach we need more men who will speak it as it is.
|1 year 45 weeks ago||What you do, car and social media||
Electrical Engineer (Power) 20 years Commercial Nuclear Now 15 years Wind
|1 year 51 weeks ago||Bubba Paris||
I remember Bubba well from my time at Michigan when he was there. A bull of a football lineman, the largest human being I have ever run into personally. Iii remember standing in line one day at the book store and all of a sudden all the light was blocked out, I turned around and there he was and he knew right away what had happened,started laughing and said sorry bro and I started laughing also. I very nice man all around.
|1 year 52 weeks ago||Free tuition et al||
One of my sons HS friends mother works for USC Medical Center as a Physician. Her son had he been accepted at USC would have gone Tuition free. He however was accepted to and choose to go to Baylor where he attends Tuition free because of reciprocal arrangements between such private schools as USC and Baylor for children of each respective schools employees.
|2 years 22 hours ago||Toilet availability is much||
Toilet availability is much better when you can walk down a few steps and into the tunnel to brand new clean no line availabity then up and out and in line. You would note the significant difference if you were there. Being able to access a close by toilet to pee is a must as one gets older if not there yet you will experience the need, just go ask your dad.
|2 years 1 day ago||Rose Bowl UCLA Games||
So I thought I would put some context to the Rose Bowl comments. My son and I have been UCLA season ticket holders for the last 12 years and while the experience and attendance is nothing like the Big House things have changed significantly. The Rose Bowl holds approx 93k which in season will nearly fill only if it's a game against USC. 5 years or so ago general attendance was normally in the mid 50s but during the Mora years has creeped up into the high 60s or so. One also has to understand as noted the Stadium is almost 30 miles from campus and the students have many other choices in The city of Angeles for Sat activities. One other thing working against at least student attendance is UCLA does not start classes until at least the 3rd week of Sept which limits student attendance for sometimes as many as 3 home games. The crowds are very subdued and as is the case in SOCAL late in getting in and sitting down. Other changes in the last three years as part of a 200 Million plus Rose Bowl upgrade is an expanded press box and luxury seats along with hedges and increased concessions and toilets in the tunnels for down close fan use. It's now a somewhat livable stadium experience. Mora has brought a different feel to the team but in big moments the team continues to loose focus and discipline. Part of what hold back UCLA has benn traditionally a reluctance to pay well for head coaches and assistants, the overall situation of cost of living and high taxes in what some of us call Taxifornia works against retaining and bringing in good assistants. When an assistant coach can make the same money in lower cost and lower taxed areas such as even Columbus or Lincoln or Knoxville or Austin or Tallahassee and possibly have a better family experience in those areas choices are made. It's my upfront in your face college experience (1st row 30 yd line behind UCLA bench) so it meets my college game time experience need, not the big house but almost always 70 degrees sunny and clear.
|3 years 11 weeks ago||Red Letter Games||
Well I don't know about red letter games but Sat was sure disappointing. 2nd Game (first was Penn State ) that I watched most of in the Budwieser pavilion outside the Rose Bowl waiting for a UCLA home game to start. The sitting UCLA fan reaction to both games was one of don't they have an O line, what kind of call was that, shaking heads (as my son and I were) as to the predictability and ineptness that was clearly evident with UM on the field in each of those two games. Then I go into the Rose Bowl and while sloppy in some cases watch a UCLA team with a trove of much younger players gut out some in the end impressive and for the most part aggressive wins. Is it the recruited players that are making the difference for both these teams I follow or the coaching. I lived here through mediocrity with UCLA before Mora came in and with carry over players and many freshman he seems to be putting what at times is an exciting team on the field, from afar I just can't say Big Blue does that with the staff in place. It just appears from again afar, agressiveness is not something I can say I see with the current UM team. Are my afar observations in error, at least with Denard healthy I could say for the most part he sure put some excitement into games when schemes allowed him full run. Additionnally and not really discussed before but how come RR appears to have AZ heading in the right direction with at most times an entertaining and winning team, is that coaching also or the players that he inherited or recruited. I can watch UCLA and even AZ now and even when sloppy and losing their overall play just does not match up to the abject ineptness and disappointment I see this year with Michigan, it pains me to say so but it's how I feel. Something just does not match up correctly with this Michigan team and its efforts and I just can't imagine it's the talent of the players.
|3 years 11 weeks ago||Former Duck stand experience||
Ok guys its been over 30 years since I caught a game at the big house is this the type of trash talk you all see, expletives all over etc. My memories don't go there. As a comparison my now 19 year old son and I are on our 11th year of season ticket holders at the Rose Bowl for UCLA football (got to have that up front college experience but not at the coliseum for USC football). We have sat all over including end zone now on the 30 yd line 1st row near the alumni section. I've heard tons of smack and trash but only very explicit expletives outbursts on two separate times from separately drunk asian girl college students who were both promptly removed by security staff. There is no beer in the stadium and tail gating while sometimes a bit loud seems mostly in good fun even when the Trojan rowdies show up. There was a very notable assault in the parking area at a USC vs Ucla game a few years ago but I've not seen anything of much not within the stadium. Security was ramped up after that. Could it be that with the stadium a bit away from campus and it being Taxifornia (the more common name for California these days) and pretty calm Pasadena we have a clearly more subdued crowd. Or could it be differences in the security presence. Get out of line in the Rose Bowl in any way and they will politely ask you to calm down and if not so you will be ejected and have a nice meeting with the Pasadena PD. Get ejected and you will be banned from the stadium.
|3 years 47 weeks ago||Committing To Michigan||
So it's the mid 60's and college football is just coming of age (really) on broadcast TV. I get hooked on watching as a very young man. U of M comes on and it's exciting Bo comes along and I'm hooked more. ND comes on and the hatred builds up (I lived 40 miles from SB). Further convincing me that Michigan was the only way. 1975 comes around and what are my choices, Michigan of course and I had a ROTC Navy scholarship to boot. But then I got accepted at my 2nd choice the USNA at Annapolis. So I go there but do not like Maryland and the environment. In Jan of 76 I apply for Michigan to get back home and where I knew I belonged they graciously welcome me back to where I should have been all along. I enter in Sept 76 and graduated in May of 1980and even thought I only spent 1 year since then working and living in Michigan the memories remain. The first ND game of the renewal, the AC catch against Indiana and cider and donuts up the Huron river on a beautiful fall Saturday. By the way I graduated with BSEE that has taken me all over (Michigan, PA. Mass., LA, Denmark, Germany, Argentina, Taiwan (where I got married) ,NY and now Southern California (where in my now older days I am thankful the snow is where it belongs in the mountains should one wish to visit it). Even though I've had season tickets to UCLA football at the Rosebowl (got to have that up front CFB experience) for 10 years it will never match the Big House experience.
|4 years 4 days ago||Teo and such||
So I have not seen this yet but I heard that ND no longer stands for Notre Dame it now means Not Dead
|5 years 1 week ago||Petros and His Prediction||
Since I live out here in what this Old Michigan Boy used to call Lala land (but where the snow is where it should be up in the mountains should you wish to visit it) I am a big Petros and Money fan listening either locally on KLAC570 (Los Angeles) or Foxsports Radio (XM 169). Petros as annoying as he is, is a very entertaining guy but loud. That is his modus operandi and both him and Matt Money Smith have had considerable success over the years here locally and now for awhile across Foxsports in the PM each day. Petros actually broke out this prediction last week as his "Bold prediction" and he even opened the phone lines to Roll Tide fans who clearly objected. He stated he would state today who would win the MNC and Heisman and he would release that today. Both he and money have had Matt Barkley on the radio show quite regularly along with Kiffin. When Brady Hoke was at SDST he was on regularly and Petros has an affinity to Brady and loves just what he has done for Michigan. This from a guy (as I was) who thought that Rich Rod would spread the spread throughout the B10. Petros by the way likes the choice of Rich Rod for AZ and has stated so many times. A scheme he says more applicable for adoption in the Pac 12 than the B10 (which appears to be the case). Petros over the years has been a bit ambivalent about Shoelace, saying he is a good player but not so sold on him as a QB even while admitting his excitement level. Petros is also known to instigate discussion with things he says so its hard to say whether he is sincere about this prediction but along with the CFN prediction of similar nature a week or so ago, who knows. I do consider Petros very knowledgeable about College football but his Dad (John Papadakis) is probably more intuned to the true heart of College football and also a very interesting man. Both Petros and his dad were Captains of the USC football team, his dad an All Pac 8 Linebacker and Petros a "fat running back" as he says. An interesting side note is that Petros father John was one of the go authors of the Book, "Turning of the Tide; How One Game Changed the South" about the Sept 1970 game USC vs Alabama that changed the direction of College football in terms of integration.
|5 years 12 weeks ago||Received from Amazon Today||
Ok, I ordered the book about 6 weeks ago from Amazon. It came out yesterday and Amazon shipped yesterday. It was delivered today. Will start reading and then reread next week when on Jury duty in downtown Los Angeles
Don't doubt Amazon, easy to use, easy shipping and always on time
|6 years 1 week ago||The Subject of Mediocrity||
Interesting thread, not sure I can agree we will go back to mediocrity with Hoke (yet). I was excited about RR when he came hoping that the general thread of loss to much speedier athletic teams that seemed to be the perception I remember in Bowl games over the years would end. Yes, it was a very good thing to win the B10 title and play in the bowl game but how many times do you all remember, going back to Bo's days, the game thread being Michigan getting beaten by more athletic and faster teams. I remember the broadcast teams saying this over and over (yes exceptions along the way but the general threme was this). My general belief was that RR was bringing a faster scheme (more SEC like) to the playing field. He seemed to get there on the offense (and yes it took longer than some wanted) but obviously failed on the defense. But then again it appeared the M community and the media were against him from day one. Not sure if it was the down home country boy image and persona (though it appeared this turned a whole lot of people off) but he was a round peg in a square hole from the beginning and as some have said really not given the support he needed. He meant well but I am not sure anyone could have succeeded in the climate he began with. He then compounded it with decisional mistakes one after the other. So we reboot and start again even with somewhat of a censorship of negative posts on this blog (would we ever have censored RR thoughts at the beginning) hoping to unite and prevent dissension. Thankfully, I suspect that Hoke will be given more time and patience by both the M community and media to mold his team then RR got along the way. When I first heard Sharps comment on the radio I said yep that's what it appears we are going back to, maybe a good thing, maybe not, but if Michigan football gets back to winning B10 titles but getting beat in bowl games by faster more athletic teams how far will we have gone (back to what Sharp says is mediocrity??). We went out on the edge with RR and took a chance (when the M community was apparantly demanding change) and we either did not let it go its full course or we gave up and went back to what worked part of the time in the past may be the legacy of this change. It will be very interesting to see the threads along the way. Will the community indeed be more patient this time? And what outcome will the community be happy with, will winning the B10 (a good thing yes) be satisfying if we fall back to getting beat by faster more athletic teams in bowl games.
|6 years 1 week ago||Denard Coming back Yeah!!!!||
Good News, now my son and I can proudly wear our "Dreadfully Fast" T Shirts again in public.
|6 years 16 weeks ago||UCLA 13, USC 9, 12/4/06||
I would have to say UCLA 13, USC 9 in the Rosebowl on 12/4/06, a common thread these days with UCLA, "no one saw that one coming" and its always good to see the evil west coast empire lose. Other than the New Years Bowl Game the only game (USC at the Rosebowl) that is actually sold out in the Rosebowl with UCLA playing. Not the best game seen but the most shocking and interesting, at least out here on the Left Coast.
|6 years 17 weeks ago||UCLA Not seeing that coming||
I have to add something to this one. Since I have to have my big time college fix and I live in California near Pasadena, my 15yr old son and I have had UCLA season tickets at the Rose Bowl for the last 7 years. I must say that what everyone was saying last week after UCLA beat down Houston was , "I did not see that one coming". After today's beat down on Texas, it gets even more confusing. This was a team that absolutely got beat down at the Rose Bowl by Stanford just a few weeks ago in probably the worst college game I've ever seen in person. It will be interesting the rest of the season. Next week UCLA faces Wash State which should not be a problem but who knows. All I know is my son and I will be wearing our Shoe Lace, Dreadfully fast T Shirts to the game to see what reactions we get.