“The player development is the main thing I like (about Michigan),” Williams said. “You can see that they develop their players. They get them in the gym and they work them hard. And their hard work pays off.”
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- an automotive engineer who was an "original partner in the creation of the General Motors Corporation"
- elected twice as Mayor of Flint in the 1910s
- a head of a foundation which donated $6.5 million to create a children's hospital at U of M in the 1960s
- the namesake of a foundation which posthumously donated $25 million to create a massive expansion to this, one of the best children's hospitals in the nation...
- C.S. Mott
- C.S. Mott Children's Hospital
- Mott Children's Hospital
|51 weeks 5 days ago||Terrible article which misses the entire point.||
This article lost me on this false statement:
"But, as it happens, small boys can't actually hit each other very hard, and the risk of serious head injury is not very considerable until the little whippersnappers pack on enough mass to really rattle one another."
This is a terribly incorrect statement. Kids have concussions just like everyone else, and their brains are at much more fragile stages of development than adults, just as their muscles to stabilize their head in protection against concussions are also much less developed.
My 10-year old nephew recently had 3 concussions within a year, two from football and one from soccer. The first went undiagnosed and made him much more susceptible to the following two concussions. With proper identification and rest, he could have easily recovered after the first one.
NFL and college players have the right and freedom to make the decisions to play this game.
I, however, want to stand up for all the kids in grade school, junior high and high school who don't understand concussions. They may be at the whim of being educated about concussions by people who have a similar tone to the article linked in this post. When dealing with the millions of children that play contact sports (not just football) year round, we, as the mature adults, need to have a much wider perspective.
We can help educate children and teenagers about what concussions are so that they can make better decisions for their own health. Kids are completely capable to understand consequences if they are taught about them... We all knew when we were very young that having a neck injury is a terrible occurence which must be delicately handled. Only in the last decade have we started to realize we need to emphasize the same concern and education about head injuries.
|2 years 9 weeks ago||Funny, but...||
...perhaps you hit the nail on the head.
I would imagine that if I had done a lot of great things, like being:
I might not want my name confused with a fruit juice and apple sauce company.
|2 years 9 weeks ago||C.S. Mott Children's Hospital||
For general information for people who may not be familiar, the C.S. Mott Children's Hospital was named after Charles Stewart Mott.
Hospital administration tries to stress the point that the hospital be referred to in short hand as:
In sports terms, it would be seen as a faux paus to refer to Fords Field, Yosts Field House or Michigans Stadium.
Just an FYI!
|3 years 28 weeks ago||Michigan Man||
Please understand that there are many people out there, like myself, who value the concept of "The Michigan Man" and who would unabatedly agree with your sentiments towards these bullies and their parents.
Unfortunately, many people out there believe "Michigan Man" simply means that being somehow involved with the University of Michigan gives a person higher status, when in reality (at least, my reality) it is about holding yourself to a higher standard to be a better person in the classroom and in society and use that influence to spread good - and that is not a terrible concept, in my humble opinion.
Anyone with those traits, in my opinion, should be able to call themselves a Michigan Man upon the moment they set foot in Ann Arbor or don a Block M, regardless of whether they have any historical affiliation with the University.
We should not try to decry the "Michigan Man" concept, as it is a noble endeavor, and to lose it would be to lose a part of our standards which makes our University great. We should rather be trying to spread the noble aspects of the concept to teach those who do not fully understand what it means, like these bullies and their parents, and to discourage the ugly misrepresentations of it.
|3 years 28 weeks ago||Hmmm...||
You must have totally awesome friends.
|3 years 28 weeks ago||Watch the last two minutes!||
It has become clear that Dave Brandon should not read from a script. Today's opening comments were dull and somewhat uninspiring compared to his usual self.
Then, at the end when he took the podium back and spoke from the heart, he was direct, he was from the heart, and he was powerful. All of his responses seemed genuine and on point.
The last two minutes of the speech literally moved me... Please go back and watch the last 2 minutes.
"This is about football players. This is about changing young men's lives. This is about bringing leadership in here who makes a difference in the lives of Young Men. And they leave here with a Championship ring. And they leave here with a great education. And they go out and do great things in life.
"Michigan Men do that. They create other Michigan Men.
"And the guy that you just met is all about that. He's all about that. And he didn't spend as much time with a PR machine as others may. And he may not be dressed up and polished like the Toastmaster General like other people...
"And I don't care. I want a football coach. I want a football coach who's going to do with these Men what we want him to do - Teach them what to learn, and win.
"That's Michigan." /End Press Conference.
Maybe I'm crazy, but if that doesn't make you want to do this http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iwW_y2TuW58 to the Ohio border, then I think all good is lost in this world.
|3 years 32 weeks ago||Shawshank Redemption - a quote to live by||
"Get busy livin' or get busy dyin'. That's Goddamn right." ~Ellis Redding
|3 years 32 weeks ago||Indeed they are. He must live here:||
|3 years 37 weeks ago||Interesting tidbit:||
From the press release:
"Floor was manufactured in the upper peninsula of Michigan in the town of Amasa, Mich."
Further article perusals reveal:
"The floor was built by Connor Sports Flooring, a Michigan company that does the playing floors for all NCAA playoff games and more than half of the new college stadiums in the country."
|3 years 38 weeks ago||Mike Bellotti||
The article also suggests that Oregon's retired Mike Bellotti is somehow on the radar.
|3 years 39 weeks ago||Dear Mgoblog,||
And somewhere in a dusty attic of Schembechler exists a painting of Rich Rodriguez with him looking withered, wrinkled, and loathsome of visage...
|3 years 40 weeks ago||A Theory: JKR and Quidditch...||
Is there a chance that JKR designed Quidditch to be a silly and ridiculous sport which everyone would be insanely crazy about to make a point about society's obsession with sport and the negative lengths to which we take that passion?
I feel like JKR channeled her personal thoughts about sport through Hermione when Hermione would get flustered about the ridiculous amount of time spent on sport and the anger, frustration, and consternation that stirred friendships and created stark divides between competing teams/houses during Quidditch matches. JKR, perhaps, was suggesting we, as a society, spend too much time and negative energy on simple games which are supposed to be a wholesome distraction emphasizing sportsmanship, athleticism, and entertainment.
Alright, now I'm off to go watch the UCLA-Oregon game just in case it effects Michigan's BCS chances and to simultaneously root for the result to somehow hurt OSU and MSU.
|3 years 40 weeks ago||Advertising & Merchandising||
Inge seems to always brings about a debate between fans on his value.... So many people love the guy and so many people hate the guy, and as a spokesman and advertiser for the team he obviously sparks a lot of attention and debate.
One item I never hear in these debates is his added value to the franchise - There must be an added value from him in merchandising, advertising, and ticket sales which we cannot quantify...
It'll be interesting to see what the new contract is.
|3 years 41 weeks ago||This is exactly what I'm talking about!||
Thank you for at least trying to set the guy straight, and thanks for the points about the Michigan-WVU ties!
|3 years 41 weeks ago||Awesome!||
I manage to find time to travel to West Virginia usually once a year to go white water rafting on the New and Gauley Rivers. The state is absolutely gorgeous and the opportunities for outdoor recreation are great!
|3 years 41 weeks ago||Some facts and numbers...||
True Story: The Michigan Athletic Department actually pays out-of-state tuition to the University for all football players, even if they are from the state of Michigan.
$149K*: 4-year tuition paid for football student athlete by U of M Athletic Department.
(*Calculated from tuition cost only from the Office of Financial Aid, not including any possible stipends for room and board.)
Athletic Department's 2008-09 Finances:
Revenue of $95.2M;
A Michigan Daily article suggests the AD is projecting a surplus of $16.1M in 2009-10, and the expected surplus is only $4.7M in 2011.
|3 years 42 weeks ago||John U Bacon||
Bacon says that some of those games were called early, as the opposing captains waved their white flags, so 660 minutes may actually be a high number.
|3 years 42 weeks ago||Crazy idea...||
...Maybe the students could learn the words to the song "Temptation."
The song is not that complex (and the part played after 3rd downs is only a few verses).
|3 years 43 weeks ago||Finding the Michigan Score in Southern Stadiums:||
Please let us know how that goes...
I was at the Penn State @ Alabama game a few weeks ago and they did not show the Michigan v Notre Dame score at all. Not once. They showed Eastern Michigan v Miami (OH) as well as San Diego State v New Mexico State. Quite a fascinating selection of scores.
Also, I attended the Florida @ Tennessee game in 2008 during Michigan's bye week, and they did not show a single score outside of the SEC.
Brian Cook reported from his trip to Auburn in 2008, "Though Auburn was plenty happy to inform us that Utah had beaten Air Force 30-23 and Missouri had defeated mighty Buffalo 42-21, there was not a single Big Ten score, and the only Pac 10 score was the Georgia-Arizona State game."
So let us know if this is just an SEC conspiracy to not let anyone know the Big Ten exists or if it's a full southern conspiracy in which the ACC takes part as well...
|3 years 43 weeks ago||Missed Field Goals||
Could those somehow be included? No punt or kickoff results, and a missed FG is not considered a turnover.
That would still be difficult to account for, as "missed FG" is probably not an easily sortable stat. You may have to go team by team and check their kicking statistics...
|3 years 47 weeks ago||I thought at first you meant this was gonna have a revival...|
|3 years 48 weeks ago||Pond Forever...||
One of the narratives about the first game notes that the students in attendance began chanting "Pond Forever" after I.K. Pond scored the first touchdown.
I firmly believe we should chant "Pond Forever" on the first TD of every game. Tradition coming full circle!
|3 years 49 weeks ago||In regards to sentiment that The Game has not been relevant...||
In the last 10 years, the OSU-Michigan game had Big 10 implications for both teams 5 times*. Three other times it had implications for OSU. Two other times it had implications for Michigan. Summary, EVERY YEAR of the 2000's, this rivalry game has had Big 10 Title implications.
In the 1990s, the OSU-Michigan game had Big 10 implications for both teams only 3 times. Three other times it had implications only for OSU. Only 1 other time it had implications for Michigan.
In only 2001 did one of the teams not capture at least a share of the Big Ten title.
Let's be honest. The Game will never be The Ten Year War again with each team fighting for outright Big 10 titles, considering scholarship limits, the watering down of national television coverage (the current TV climate vs approx 2 games on per week in the 70's), and the addition of a national power (Penn State) to the conference.
Considering Ohio State and Michigan still have the opportunity to win the Big 10 or derail the other every season on the last day, The Game is that much more impressive as a rivalry compared to any other.
*2005 deserves an asterick here. For Michigan to capture a share of the Big10 in 2005, Michigan would have had to beat OSU and have MSU beat Penn State later in the day.
|3 years 49 weeks ago||Went to Good Time Charley's trivia last night...||
...and clearly missed the real party
|3 years 49 weeks ago||Greg at MVictors...||
...Adds some more information from Jon Falk's book, including information about Bob Bland's role painting the helmets, who is his assistant during football season and also the head basketball equipment manager.
Greg helps delineate some of the intricacies expressed in Jon's original CTK video and even shares some information directly from Russ Hawkins, the man from Schutt who places the paint mold boundary tape by hand. (As opposed to Riddell, where they use a standardized "Wing" tape).
I am guessing that the helmets with "the wings taken off" are very likely simply blue helmets which were ordered separately, but I have not really seen a close picture of them to say for sure. Tape covering the maize would be very noticeable, as would paint, in a picture taken at a reasonably close distance.
One thing not mentioned in any of these videos is that scratches from facemasks and paint from other helmets find their way onto the helmets each week in games and, mostly, in practice. Steel wool is used to remove these marks from the helmet (and linemen see the worst gouges and scrapes) to make the them look as pristine as possible on Saturday afternoons (before the application of the Future floor cleaner to give them a waxy shine).
|4 years 8 hours ago||2 notes:||
1) "Home to five medical schools..."
What? Only four medical schools reside in the state of Michigan - Michigan, Wayne State, MSU, and OaklandU: http://tiny.cc/MichiganMedicalSchools
2) "Granted, this Great Lakes Community can't quite compare to the larger cities on our list in terms of job prospects or things to do."
Low cost of living seems to be the driving metric: "But it has a relatively low cost of living." I'm sure we can think of a myriad of places with a decently low cost of living compared to New York, DC and Chicago...
Hypothesis: Yahoo-Real Estate has someone who went to Michigan State on the team that put this gem together.
This article is quite entertaining more than anything.
|4 years 1 week ago||1st time trying to embed pic, sorry...||
Not sure why that pic is not the right one.
jmblue: My point was simply that the initial statement: "Kinnick Stadium is just as open as the Big House" is not accurate.
The architecture and setup of Michigan Stadium does not equal Kinnick Stadium. I did not want to delve into the discussion about fan demographics and gameday experience. I'm sorry that it came across that way.
FA: Thanks for the help. My first time trying to post a picture has not been a success. Maybe I'll put in the right URL this time?
|4 years 1 week ago||Angle of Kinnick:||
|4 years 1 week ago||So you agree.||
And that makes a difference on the sidelines.
If your approximation of 7 feet is correct, then 7 feet is approximately 2-3 additional rows of people closer to the team bench (and from field level, the Kinnick stands are much closer to level with the teams on the sideline, whereas Michigan Stadium's are raised above and further back... The setup at Iowa nearly puts the first few rows of fans in the bench)
2-3 rows of people, with 5 sections along the team bench at approximately 40 seats per section equates to an additional 400-600 more fans occupying space which would otherwise be filled with press, photographers, trunks for equipment and training staff purposes, etc etc.
Even if it's only 7 feet, and it is probably a few more, it makes a difference, on the bench, on the field.
The bigger difference between field noise levels at Michigan and Iowa, however, is the drastic difference in the steepness of the stands. The closeness of the stands is indeed a factor, though.
|4 years 1 week ago||Kinnick||
The angle at which the seats rise at Kinnick is noticeably steeper than in the Big House. Also the stands are closer to the field.