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|1 day 6 min ago||The best thing about this||
The best thing about this heat wave, the first one we've had this summer (except for a random 93 degree day in early May when we were the hottest place in the nation) is that the heat wave came on the heels of the worst windstorm in years, knocking power out for over half the city.
Oh, wait: that's the worst thing. This is our third day without electricity thanks to a tree fall on the powerline next door. It's been fun.
|1 day 12 min ago||That was my commute for three||
That was my commute for three years, Lancaster to Tarzana. Stink. Have some friends in that area, too.
|1 day 18 min ago||FWIW I am always one to||
FWIW I am always one to appreciate the high road. After all, I consider the command to "turn the other cheek" important.
Fun fact: "Turning the other cheek" is a response to an insult (it's the right cheek, and as written to a majority right-handed culture a right cheek could only be struck right-handed by the back of the hand, an insult) rather than an injury. If they are harming a legitimate business, that's not just an insult to your wife. It is injurious. And ethically you are not "lowering" yourself to pursue legal remedies.
Take the lead, make some effort at least with law enforcement. Spend the time on the phone yourself as much as possible. Your wife will probably appreciate it.
|1 day 23 hours ago||Everyone is remembering his||
Everyone is remembering his epic Bears rant, and that came to my mind too.
It's a bit of a shame, because Green was a long-tenured coach that produced teams like the magnificent 1998 Vikings. He was quite good.
But that rant is just sooooo quotable...
|1 day 23 hours ago||Weird double post||
|1 day 23 hours ago||Your snide joke about CC||
Your snide joke about CC aside, that IS an important question. If these are all friends of Elliott's, they may have a vested interest in him not getting kicked out of the League.
Right now there's no way to know. Too much of this is just rumor and speculation right now.
|2 days 47 sec ago||Meyer has a history of||
Meyer has a history of abusing his wife and/or encouraging his players to abuse their significant others? I wasn't aware of this.
|3 days 17 hours ago||They didn't "struggle"||
They didn't "struggle" against App State and Oregon. They were embarrassed.
Purdue was never the same kind of offense. Other than the label "spread" it bore little resemblance to the zone read option packages Michigan never learned to defend.
Michigan had the talent to compete for national titles and didn't. Michigan had the talent to consistently post 1 or 2 loss seasons and did so only once. Michigan had the talent to win convincingly against teams like UCLA in 2000, Washington in 2001, Notre Dame in 2002, Oregon and Iowa in 2003, Notre Dame in 2004, everybody in 2005, and App State in 2007. But they lost. They always lost. At least one headscratcher every year, without fail.
The Cap One Bowl win against Florida was glorious; it was also a capstone of everything Carr should have done in the 2000s and didn't, a final statement of what he could have been capable of but never achieved. He was a B coach.
|3 days 17 hours ago||Really? First of all, Henne||
First of all, Henne and Hart were both proven sophomores in 2005 who had produced well the previous season, so starting them wasn't a stretch at all.
Second, in that era we had:
Chad Henne, future NFL starter; Mike Hart, future multiple-record-holder for Michigan; Steve Breaston; Mario Manningham; Adrian Arrington; Lamar Woodley; Alan Branch; David Harris; Leon Hall; and Jake Long. That's a huge amount of talent. And Michigan's recruiting rankings from that era (pretty consistently top five and top ten) back this up.
The problem was coaching. Yes, there was a falloff in recruiting late, but the idea that a few key position holes would have fixed everything is simply implausible.
And the proof is in the pudding. From 2000-2007, Michigan could not get out of its own way. Except for 2006, they always lost at least one head-scratcher that they had no business losing. They got outcoached and outmaneuvered by Tressel. They squandered loaded rosters against teams with no more talent than they with consistently simplistic gameplans. They could not grow or develop new gameplans or adapt to new styles.
Even 2003 and 2006, the "good" years, were disappointments. Because they were outcoached.
|3 days 17 hours ago||I think the point is that it||
I think the point is that it would be great to get all three. Could I handle that? Yes I could.
|3 days 18 hours ago||Unconventional isn't the end||
Unconventional isn't the end of the world. Keep at it.
Talking can help a bit. There are people you know willing to listen, here or elsewhere.
|3 days 19 hours ago||Smart choice. And loving your||
Smart choice. And loving your wife is one of the best things you can do for your kids.
|3 days 20 hours ago||I think you are||
I think you are oversimplifying larger structural issues into a handful of players. In fact, I think that was a huge problem with the late Carr era--every season the idea was that Michigan would finally get over the hump if they just fixed this one problem or that one problem.
But the coaches were not capable of doing so. Yeah, there were depth problems at corner. That's one position. That simply cannot explain or excuse the complete meltdowns at the end of 2006, or the totaly inability to even show up against any kind of spread offense a full 7 years after being embarrassed by it in Evanston.
The coaches were inadequate. They could not fix their weaknesses nor amplify their strengths to combat them. And a half decade of astonishing NFL-quality talent was wasted.
|3 days 20 hours ago||It adds to the difficulty,||
It adds to the difficulty, yes. I counsel marriages with those sorts of situations.
But it is not impossible.
That said, it is obviously impossible for me to give truly helpful advice, since I know nothing about you or your family. No rudeness understood in your detailing of areas in which I lack knowledge.
|3 days 21 hours ago||You're probably not looking||
You're probably not looking for in-depth advice, and I don't know anything about the existing dynamic.
But for starters, if casual stuff is what you have, relish that. I was close with my Dad, but there were times when I was young that I was rebelling against him. But we still had football to watch and that was important.
And try to find something in common to do together. Even if it is really just watching a game.
I feel trite even saying stuff like this. I don't know your situation, after all.
But my Dad has been gone for 13 years and I would give my left arm to talk to him again.
|3 days 21 hours ago||Mid-90s did not have a darker||
Mid-90s did not have a darker shade of maize. If that's what you saw on television, you saw a picture that was inaccurate. The maize of the 90s in no way resembles the maize of 2015.
|3 days 21 hours ago||On this you are correct: The||
On this you are correct: The original version of the fieldturf field and the old M Club banner were a darker color.
They also never resembled what was worn by the team. It always bothered me, to be honest, but only because the field and banner colors were so dark.
|3 days 21 hours ago||Changing jobs isn't going to||
Changing jobs isn't going to improve your domestic life. If you two aren't happy in life, there are ways to improve that. Your family can yet be a source of joy and satisfaction.
It's easy for me to say, of course. But it is possible.
|3 days 21 hours ago||Minnesota does not and has||
Minnesota does not and has never worn a color of yellow that is the same as Iowa. Now, their pants are a bit lighter than their numbers, but if you look closely at pics from that Minnesota-Iowa game you will see that the "M" on the side of the Minnesota helmets is way, way darker than the logo and numbers worn by Iowa players.
Michigan's maize is still lighter than Minnesota's "gold," but it is closer now. It does very much resemble Iowa's yellow. And this has not been the case in over 30 years.
|3 days 21 hours ago||Prudent readers will recall||
Prudent readers will recall that Dave Brandon (remember him?) was specifically quoted about altering the color of maize several years ago, and this is what he meant. Brian (who likes the darker color) lauded the choice.
Note that the uniforms last year matched the helmets, which were actually changed the year before despite the uniforms maintaining the same color.
|3 days 22 hours ago||He didn't wear orange-y and||
He didn't wear orange-y and he didn't wear white pants.
Pursuant to Haze's post above, I'm linking this diary I wrote last year. It handily uses in-photo contrast to differentiate between Michigan's authentic, 90s-00s maize from the Iowa shades of yellow we now wear.
|3 days 22 hours ago||I'm right with you on the||
I'm right with you on the color maize, and I've written extensively about it. I hate the new darker version.
I wish it were different, but the images (particularly of the blue shirts) appear to have the Iowa yellow in them. I'm pessimistic.
|3 days 22 hours ago||Washington is getting hype||
Washington is getting hype because they have some promising talent and a coach in Christ Peterson that is thought to be very good. However, they have not yet shown a serious upgrade on the field; they seem more analogous to Michigan last year, with a coach and some guys that were good recruits, albeit Michigan's 2014 was pitiful.
It's not that they can't emerge, but it's a lot dicier. There is real quality in the Pac 12 that even a good Washington team could lose to. It seems like their best scenario is a solid season with one major upset and something like 9 wins, re-establishing them as a force.
Tennessee has talent and it has chaos and it has Mike Debord. I have no idea what they will do this year. I think Georgia is a real threat to them in the division even if they're good, and there's simply no way they have more than a puncher's chance to win the SEC championship game even if they make it.
The key thing about Washington and Tennessee is that they are in positions where it won't surprise anyone if they don't win the conference. Both would need at least a couple of teams to spit the bit and a major upset of their own to pull it off. So neither team necessarily has to look at a 9-3 or 10-2 season without a championship game appearance as a blow.
I don't believe Michigan is in the same position. MSU is replacing key skill and quantity on both sides of the ball; OSU just saw off one of its great generations of players. Michigan has the experience and the coaching and the track record of growth, particularly on defense. We are supposed to be good this year.
9-3 would be a terrible disappointment this season for us.
|3 days 22 hours ago||There's more to life than||
There's more to life than money.
But money isn't bad, and career-wise it seems reasonable to think that teaching will still be there to go back to if you don't like what you move to or it doesn't work out.
Much larger considerations are things like family, home, personal attachment to your community, that sort of thing. If you have kids with friends in school and a home you like and things you do outside of work that bring joy and fulfillment, that's worth a lot more than money and would have to be weighed carefully.
OTOH if you are, say, single with no kids living in a decent but unspectacular apartment and you're indifferent to the place you live, well, this quite the opportunity.
|3 days 22 hours ago||"Follow your heart" is a very||
"Follow your heart" is a very overrated notion. Our feelings are unreliable and often lead us in directions that are against our best interests.
My main regret is just following whatever feelings or lack thereof I had for years in high school and early college. Wasted a lot of time, endured a lot of self-inflicted heartache, rotted out my character for no good reason.
Not regretted at all: Change of life priority in 2002. Marrying my wife. Having my kids. Pursuing my calling/vocation.
|3 days 22 hours ago||"Closely resemble..." I find||
"Closely resemble..." I find that hard to believe. And the pics seem to confirm this will continue to be the "new" maize that is really basically the same as Iowa's conventional yellow. We'll see what actually happens.
|5 days 17 hours ago||BTW, that 1997 team against||
BTW, that 1997 team against Hinton's calculus?
1. Great recruiting classes. Unverifiable but evident: Check.
2. First-term head coach: Check
3. Killer DL: Check
4. Great Secondary: CHECK
5. Creative scoring: Check
Caveat about the myth of experienced quarterbacks? Griese had started before, of course, but was never the first-choice guy until 1997. Kind of check there, too.
|5 days 17 hours ago||The "unquestionable" fact was||
The "unquestionable" fact was the coaching of the offense as a whole, where Harbaugh/Drevno are an upgrade over anything offered in the Carr years. Obviously, Michigan's OL play was excellent for most of the Carr era, but Drevno has both the pedigree and the track record to suggest that his OLs will be as good as any in the country going forward.
The 1997 running game featured Chris Howard and Clarence Williams with freshman Anthony Thomas getting occasional cameos. It was adequate; it was not awesome. They spent a lot of time just running the ball into the line. Our memories of 1997 are so (rightly) fond that we forget how limited the team was on offense. Games against substantially inferior opponents were theoretically "in touch" far longer than one would expect.
The key is that the 1997 team was the one instance in Carr's career where the offense never needed to be anything more than that. When you have that defense bearing down on the opponents with Woodson at the back, punting was almost never a bad idea.
I expect this year's offense to perform at a consistently higher level. Some of that has to do with the era, but I would be surprised if they ranked as low in points-per-game as 1997 did (48th out of 112).
|5 days 18 hours ago||UMD football, because it's||
UMD football, because it's local and because they are perennially good.
I used to be sort of a sideways fan of LSU when they were underdogs. I still prefer them in the SEC, but the, um, suspected corruption makes it less enjoyable. Still, their home games are a blast to watch.
|5 days 18 hours ago||That's the whole point of||
That's the whole point of WD's post, that Gary is awesome *and* the team is so awesome that we aren't hanging all of our hopes for the season on him.
In contrast with times where one or two bright spots were all we had to look forward to under the helm of certain former coaches.