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|7 hours 37 min ago||I'm totally hoping to revive||
I'm totally hoping to revive this thread I discovered while looking up stuff for today's column formerly known as Hokepoints.
Best athlete I grew up with was Matt Ishbia. He was one of the shortest kids in our grade, and a MASSIVE Michigan fan and because he basically ran recess the rest of the class all became Michigan fans. He lived on my block and bought me the Michigan football we used every recess until the Bad Boys and Fab Five switched us to basketball.
Ishbia ended up being the Andrew Dakich of Michigan State's 2000 Championship team. He took over a department of his dad's company and made it bigger than the company so he's doing well for himself now.
Close behind Ishbia was John Whitledge, a guy who moved here from California and rooted for UCLA. Whitledge was faster than Ishbia by just a little, and had model looks. Last I heard he was a clothing designer.
|7 hours 44 min ago||Ask Joey if he remembers Cat||
Ask Joey if he remembers Cat Rychlinski. She married one of my best friends--has twins plus a newborn and lives in Kentucky now.
|15 hours 44 min ago||When someone applies the||
When someone applies the adjective "real" to "fan" my eyes climb into the tippytoppomost of my skull. There they'll remain they can be coaxed down with promises of things either the sun or the daughter are doing.
|2 days 14 hours ago||I got far enough into that||
I got far enough into that game to reach a quest where you have to choose what to do about a pair of friends you discover have been hooking up. "Tell on them" is the answer that leads you to the most light points. There's your contrast between my view on the moral ambiguity of sex versus George Lucas's Paulish take on the same.
|2 days 14 hours ago||yeah. Also expect a question||
Also expect a question in to YOU soon on an article about HSPs.
|2 days 14 hours ago||From the podcasts. Brian||
From the podcasts. Brian calls them that all the time.
|2 days 14 hours ago||Close. You found the||
Close. You found the abandoned port-a-potties at base camp 1 in the foothills.
|2 days 15 hours ago||Unfortunately, like||
Unfortunately, like quarterbacks, OSU has so much fan goodwill they can afford to burn off a ton without effect.
|2 days 16 hours ago||Wrong on all accounts. The||
Wrong on all accounts. The sentiment around here is has long been we need facilities, and are glad Michigan has the very best, and need recruits, and seem to be getting some damn good ones, and we need spring attendance, and are really happy that this one had it.
And lest you forget the movement to remove the guys who thought we'll win because we're MIchigan began here.
|4 days 1 hour ago||Let's let Beilein recruit||
Let's let Beilein recruit 3-stars and J.J. Abrams submit his take on Star Wars before bringing in the amateurs.
That I could come up with a far better plot than George Lucas for the prequels is an indictment of George Lucas more than anything else.
|4 days 4 hours ago||It's contracts. 7 years is||
It's contracts. 7 years is the max length of a rookie contract, or how long he'll be restricted as a free agent. Guys who don't have it will peter out as teams give up on them, but teams will tend to hold onto assets they control; a guy who's just hanging on at the conclusion of that is less likely to be retained.
|5 days 3 hours ago||I've got a question in to||
I've got a question in to Battier, who's a facebook friend, to see if I can get him to pop into the thread and reminisce.
I've never actually met him in person (just seen him in Birmingham) but our mutual friends hit some critical mass a few years ago and he was reading my posts.
|5 days 4 hours ago||People said C-Webb's DCD team||
People said C-Webb's DCD team was unbeatable but when I was in high school they had Shane Battier and a handful of other guys who went to D-I schools. They won every game like 100-12.
|1 week 59 min ago||For his era he was the best||
For his era he was the best hitter of any shortstop except Ripken* and the best fielder except Ozzie Smith. Trammell was as consistently good in every facet of baseball as Barry Larkin, and better in every single facet of baseball, at a more important position, than Ryne Sandberg. In a pitcher's era Tram was on pace for 12 years to finish over .300 until injuries decimated the last handful he stuck around for. Ironically if he'd done steroids like half the league and 75% of the guys his age still in baseball by the mid-'90s there'd be no question right now.
Of the players to go to the Hall since Trammell's first year on the ballot, I'd only put Maddux, Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez, Tony Gwynn, Rickey Henderson, and Cal Ripken again of Tram, though I wouldn't disclude the rest. Tram just happened to hit the list when people who hadn't watched him were doing most of the voting and this bullshit "good but not GREAT" label got slapped on him. What's a great shortstop then? Like four shortstops ever had better careers by the standards of the Hall of Fame than Alan Trammell. If a guy you're reading has a vote and doesn't give it to #3 he knows nothing about baseball and you should tell him you're not reading him anymore.
(And Halls of Fame are just museums to celebrate history of the sport and thus irrelevant in the scheme of things unless you're the kind of person who gets really upset over the disclusion of apatasours from dinosaur exhibits that claim to be comprehensive).
* Unless you want to count Yount as a SS but he split betweent that and OF
|1 week 1 hour ago||Have you READ MGoBlog? I do a||
Have you READ MGoBlog? I do a fair enough job of keeping my rant on Alan Trammell to BlessYouBoys but surely you've noticed a rather hefty number of mentions of a certain slot receiver/cornerback/returner who gets like six snaps per game.
|1 week 4 hours ago||HARBAUGH would have covered||
HARBAUGH would have covered the entire chart.
|1 week 4 hours ago||I've never heard of Drake. I||
I've never heard of Drake. I swear. I had no idea until your post that was the name of the rapper, because I didn't even read that far in the article. I just typed in "music news" in google this morning hoping to find something of zero importance that I have never thought about to go in the chart, and right near the top was a thing about Madonna, whom I have heard of and can name many songs from.
|1 week 4 hours ago||ABSOLUTELY! The love triangle||
ABSOLUTELY! The love triangle Lucas left out of the movies was one of the biggest oversights in a film that will go down as a textbook study of them. There was a deep pool of psychological and thematic characterization in that love triangle and i'll never forgive George Lucas for passing that up in favor of Jar Jar poop jokes.
FIrst of all Anakin should be older, a snotty teenager, when we meet him. It would make it more palatable that he's already got podracing skills, and also understandable why he'd be down with leaving his slave mom to go off planet with some monkish dudes with laser swords.
The age gap between him and Amidala should have been equal to that of her and Obi Wan to emphasize the dynamic--say 5 years each so they're 13, 18, and 23. That allows Anakin's nasty side to come out right away but also to be dismissed as teen-itude. It also makes it obvious why Amidala/Padme would be all up on the older soon-to-be-Jedi Knight who does heroic things and dismissive of the kid with a crush on her. This sets up a second film (when they're 18, 23, and 28 respectively) when we contrast Obi Wan spurning the relationship with Padme he desired because that's what Jedis are supposed to do, and Anakin being like "Eff that; Jedi should be the ones deciding what Jedi do."
The love triangle would have thus driven the moral subtext of all three films. Anakin is turned off the Jedi by their unreasonable doctrinal demands--the celibacy thing chief among them--and Padme may serve as the audience's moral conduit as she fights with Obi Wan over the subject, then hooks up with Anakin in part to demonstrate Obi Wan and the Jedi that their priestly otherness is wrong and only separates them from human(oid)istic concerns. But that turns to horror as step-by-step Anakin walks down his path to fascism. In the end of the 2nd film she discovers she's pregnant, and tells Obi Wan not Anakin because she's starting to see Anakin is carrying a shit ton of psychological baggage from 13 years as a slave.
In the last film, the babies are born and hidden early on, and Obi Wan breaks his Jedi vows by finally sleeping with her and is cast out of the Jedi Order ("I was once a Jedi Knight the same as your father.) This explains why Obi Wan became kind of a free agent instead of one of the Jedi, and therefore rose to the rank of General under Bail Organa in the Clone Wars under the organization that would become the Rebel Alliance, as opposed to the Jedi Order which was wiped out except for Yoda.
As the 3rd story nears its conclusion, Anakin discovers all this, goes to track down Obi Wan, and finds Amidalah, at which point he's so overcome by rage he kills her--Not "from a broken heart" but from going RAGE on her with blue lightning over this betrayal. This raises the stakes of the final lightsaber duel between him and Obi Wan to epic proportions. They fight to a draw--the lava thing works but I'd have it so Anakin is cajoling Obi Wan into a dual-suicide finale and Obi Wan walks away instead, leaving Anakin to try to survive on a lava island or whatever. Obi Wan finds redemption for his "crime" by taking up hermitage on Tatooine to watch over his lover's baby son (along with mutual war buddy Owen Lars). Anakin crawls through lava, survives, and finally accepts the Emperor's offer to train him to control and channel his anger lest it consume him again.
It would also conveniently explain why Darth Vader won't use the dark side power of blue lightning (badly explained in canon as having to do with length of time served in the dark or whatever), preferring to duel Obi Wan and Luke with lightsabers in IV, V, and VI. When Vader ultimately turns on the Emperor for blue lightning-ing Luke, it's the ultimate redemption. Look at Vader's "face" here, and then imagine if he's literally watching the worst sin he ever committed being played out again:
...and having a chance to change it.
|1 week 4 days ago||Was Ed in Hawaii?||
Was Ed in Hawaii?
|1 week 4 days ago||This is why we're into Aussies||
Watch how punting works here:
AFL players learn to get punts off from everywhere on a huge oval field while the other team is trying to tackle them. It is the primary offensive play, the way they score, and the way they long pass (to pass you have to punch it like a volleyball so hand passes are pretty limited in range). Everybody punts so you can get a really good athlete who's been punting the ball his whole life.
Put an Australian in an American football punting formation, where he has guys blocking for him, he gets to wear pads, and the other team's not even allowed to hit him, and once he's done laughing he will kick ass.
|1 week 4 days ago||I love your work, but I'm||
I love your work, but I'm going to criticize this one because I don't like the concept.
The point of Godfather II is Michael does things with every bit as much competence and more than his father at the same age, as he sees it. He tries to take the Corleone family legitimate AND to new levels of money by trading in the New York racketeering business for casinos in Nevada and Cuba. He tries to be a better father, which he takes as literally defending his family, and figuratively defending his family by not involving them as much as possible in the family businsess.
But where his father builds willing loyalties (e.g. from a local landlord) with his cool geniality, Michael's cold logic and self-centeredness drive both his wife and his surviving brother to betray him. It ends with Vito's family around the table celebrating his birthday and mad at Michael for betraying Vito's wishes re: enlisting in the Army, and Michael sitting in a massive Nevada complex all alone.
It is surely one of the greatest stories told in recent memory, but I find nothing Harbaugh about it. I've made two Godfather MIchigan reference backgrounds--Donovan Warren having Fredo killed, and The Rodfather III for Rodriguez's third season that was conceptually great but undermined terribly by a bit of nepotistic blindness (listening to Gibson = Sophia Coppola). If there's a Harbaugh-like character in here it's probably Vincent Mancini.
|1 week 4 days ago||90% Stays with the team he||
90% Stays with the team he shaped into a consistently competitive franchise again.
9% Goes to another pro team
1% Comes to Michigan
...is what I said last October about Harbaugh.
|1 week 4 days ago||He committed to MIchigan then||
He committed to MIchigan then went on a 2-year mission.
|1 week 5 days ago||Maybe using an old version? I||
Maybe using an old version? I did that with a list.
|1 week 5 days ago||OT: Buckeye Early Enrollee Given the Broom||
|1 week 5 days ago||Next home game is a week from||
Next home game is a week from friday v Indiana. Grass seats are $3, bleachers $8, seatbacks $10.
I recommend bleachers for 2 reasons:
Though regarding #2, if you're like me you might want to brush up on the faces of the players before you go, else find yourself in the embarassing situation of meeting a guy you could pump out 900 words about but don't recognize.
|1 week 5 days ago||Harbaugh & American Sniper||
Deleted just the most political things, e.g. the guy who thinks F150s are poltiical statements, and a few that generated long political threads that were easiest to nip at the top.
Keep an eye on it.
[UPDATE: now locked, one relateively older poster banned for overt racism that tipped it over the edge. Thread was devolving into a spattering of people too quick to take offense, and a whole slew of assholes far too willing to give it.]
[UPDATE UPDATE: Cleaned up thread a tiny bit and handed out one more ban for someone who was all over the thread whipping up politics.]
|1 week 5 days ago||CSG should track down every||
CSG should track down every student who signed either petition, lock them in the League basement, force them to watch the movie together, then discuss it in an open forum for 2 hours. That would give us about 4 and a half blessed hours in Ann Arbor minus 400 college students of the type who GAF what movie they play on campus movie night.
Also if anyone would like to sign a petition or a counter-petition regarding the head coach of the football team and whether he should GAF about what movie they play on campus movie night, you may also participate in the screening and after-chat.
CSG could sponsor this event, which I am calling "A Night of Softball Without Annoying Students Who GAF What Movie They Play on Campus Movie Night." We will watch softball and speak of pleasant things together, like how nice it is that we finally have an insane person coaching our football team.
|1 week 5 days ago||THanks so much Sharik! I||
THanks so much Sharik!
I gotta start running these by you again before I post. At least I'm learning--you're hard on Henry and I see why but from an offense perspective I thought Cole made a good play by exploding off the line and hitting Henry before Willie and Blake have even made contact with each other. Is there a technique that can stop a tackle with that much get-off from blasting you down?
|1 week 5 days ago||I don't see any. All of the||
I don't see any. All of the "yours" are possessives, e.g. "Dammit [person] and your [thing you did]."