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|2 days 18 hours ago||I'll leave this||
I'll leave this here:
|2 days 18 hours ago||It's up there. In terms of||
It's up there. In terms of recreational money, no doubt about it.
|2 days 18 hours ago||Naturally also one of the||
Naturally also one of the defining games of Yost. Just as loud. Hard to say it was louder, though--people who were at both can't say which was louder.
Also, you're conflating a few facts: Michigan State did lose as a heavy favorite to OSU, but Ryan Miller had not yet become their starter. That was in 2002. So was the locker room issue. And for reasons I've never investigated, Michigan kept the home side of the ice against North Dakota, while using the visiting side against Denver.
The Denver weekend was a better weekend, though, because the Molly Game happened the day before.
|2 days 19 hours ago||There are lots of teams||
There are lots of teams stacked with commodities. Cleveland is one, but they've also squandered a fair amount of opportunity as well. Houston is loaded, has max money to throw at Bosh, and would take LBJ at the drop of a hat. Why not them?
No doubt the ability to win played a role. But if that and publicity were the only factor he would go somewhere else.
|2 days 19 hours ago||Why not? It wasn't that long||
Why not? It wasn't that long ago that he reduced Nibali (and everyone else) to a gasping back marker in the Giro. And he's also shown a flair for surprise comebacks.
|2 days 20 hours ago||That game was so awesome. And||
That game was so awesome. And I hadn't even been born yet. But when did you hear the Ufer call?
|2 days 20 hours ago||That's #2 for me. That or||
That's #2 for me. That or 2000 at Ohio State (Michigan still hasn't won there since. Birthday money, again). We're fortunate to have so many good options to pick from.
|2 days 20 hours ago||Yes, because PR and||
Yes, because PR and endorsements are all that people we don't like care about.
You know what would be even better for PR and endorsements? New York or Los Angeles.
Maybe, just maybe Lebron actually cares about he place he came from. Like those of us who are Michigan ex-pats still care about our home state. Maybe there is a reason a man who is rich enough to live anywhere in the world still spends his summers in the Akron area.
Maybe he's not such a bad guy.
|2 days 21 hours ago||Days after I turned 18, I||
Days after I turned 18, I took the $120 I had received for my birthday and attempted to flip it into my first ever Michigan-Ohio State game in person.
I had attended Michigan games for many years, usually (like Seth) with my Dad. That year was the first I had some money to get to most of the games, but of course most could be had by face value or less. Now I was attempting something I had never even before considered.
I found a couple selling a student ticket for $100 to make rent for the month. I exchanged cash for the ticket, thankful to have enough left over for a bag of Wiard's donuts and a jug of cider.
And I entered the student section for the first time in my life. I stood somewhere between rows 20 and 30.
It was cold. It was gray. It was glorious.
It was 1997.
|4 days 23 hours ago||If Lebron goes to Cleveland,||
If Lebron goes to Cleveland, it wouldn't surprise me to see Wiggins playing the three... In Minnesota. Love to Cleveland could become a thing in this scenario.
|2 weeks 14 hours ago||I like his attempt to discuss||
I like his attempt to discuss something in a sloooooow diary period a lot better than your lack of attempt to.
|4 weeks 3 days ago||Sailing is a fabulous||
Sailing is a fabulous recreational sport and I have been surprised by how much I have taken to it in the last couple of years. There's an affordable (flat fee, get a year's membership with use of most of the boats) club here in Duluth that is chaired by a Michigan grad. It is a great way to spend an afternoon.
Good to hear that Michigan will be represented in the AC, even if it doesn't actually happen for a few years. Few noticed, but last year's AC final was an astonishing competition and saw the greatest comeback (by number of matches) in the history of sports when Oracle USA ambushed New Zealand after NZ built a seemingly insurmountable lead. I believe they had to win seven in a row to win.
And the sailing itself, on foiling wing-sailed catamarans, is astonishing to watch.
|5 weeks 4 days ago||I think that's a great twist,||
I think that's a great twist, though in this and other venues maybe a mediocre option would be better than an awful one. You know, the 2001 offense instead of 2008--a unit that's groan-worthy without being so bad that to take it is to doom any combination to awfulness. If the option is awful, you can't really take it. If it's mediocre, you may find it worth the risk.
|5 weeks 4 days ago||I see, so since I'm larger||
I see, so since I'm larger than most people (6'5), I shouldn't have to control my emotions since they should know better than to be jerks?
Physical strength is not a license to do what you want; it is a tool that you have a responsibility to control.
And "He was saying (insert mean topic of conversation here)" is a pitiful excuse to get in a fight, something I teach kids from rough and not-so-rough backgrounds on a regular basis. Unlike NFL-bound Lewan, they don't have the privilege of getting some do-overs if they let their anger get carried away; they get their lives seriously set back instead.
|5 weeks 4 days ago||They must've played the||
They must've played the Swedish anthem before the game.
|5 weeks 4 days ago||Spoke before I read all of||
Spoke before I read all of the details. Still dumb--a little pushing and shoving is not a punch. And he doesn't need to "defend" his brother who instigated the thing. But my analysis mis-apprehends the facts.
|5 weeks 4 days ago||I'm sorry, but if punching a||
I'm sorry, but if punching a guy in the face is wrong (and it is), then it doesn't matter how much of a jerk he was. A punch is a fundamentally different level of confrontation, and nothing a drunk guy says changes that.
Lewan was free to ignore him, or to tell him he was stupid, or to take a video and post it on twitter to humiliate the guy. But he was not free to punch him, and whatever level of jerk the OSU fan was it doesn't mean the blow was "deserved." Any more than you "deserve" to have a valuable stolen because you forgot to lock it up one night, or a woman "deserves" to be assaulted because do what she wears.
Don't excuse wrong behavior just because there's some sort of offense on the other end.
|5 weeks 5 days ago||Are they still kicking out||
Are they still kicking out competent Gran Turismo titles for the PS? Time was, Forza was the pretender in that matchup, but I don't know what things are like now.
|5 weeks 5 days ago||I'm a lifelong Nintendo||
I'm a lifelong Nintendo loyalist. I still own my Nintendo, Super Nintendo, N64, GameCube, and Wii. I still enjoy the rare opportunity to play them.
But Nintendo still has issues in the way it runs its business that are catching up to it, and (crucially) they don't have the traction to attract serious 3rd-party development right now. Honestly, while the Wii was great for a lot of stuff, even then its 3rd-party games were pretty tame compared to the competition.
I have no doubt that it is a capable system, but it takes more than hardware to make it worthwhile. The Wii was an unexpected success because they broke ground on a previously un-tapped space of gaming that crossed over into non-gamer households. They have provided nothing so revolutionary here.
I'm glad you enjoy yours, and I'm sure it has some strong features; so did the Sega Dreamcast. And, like Sega, but unlike Sony and Microsoft, Nintendo does not have the diversity of product to recover from a bad system. I fear their days may be numbered.
|5 weeks 5 days ago||The 1987 team was a||
The 1987 team was a transition squad after the Harbaugh years. The feature offensive player was Jamie Morris, who ran for 1700 yards. They passed less than 200 times (averaging 16 passes a game).
In 1988 both Taylor and Brown improved considerably on the previous season's passing totals (Taylor completed 62% of his passes, Brown 57%). Taylor started 9 games, while Brown started only 3.
Ultimately, though, it was just a better team--the 9-2-1 record looks dodgy, but the first two games of the season were heartbreaking as-close-as-possible losses to Notre Dame and Miami, who finished the season #1 and #2. The team still won the B1G title and beat an outstanding USC team (also very highly ranked) in the Rose Bowl. Unquestionably one of the top five Michigan teams of my lifetime.
FWIW I got the year wrong on Elvis--he was a factor in the 1989 team, not 1988.
|5 weeks 5 days ago||I have a 360 with MLB 2K to||
I have a 360 with MLB 2K to play. It's nice. I hear the Show is better, but I wouldn't know--I'm happy with what I have.
But it's not made anymore.
So if you find value in playing a good Baseball simulation, that is a big point in favor of the PS4.
And, frankly, checking the game library and any differentiating features is the way to go. Just look at what games you want to play on what. With that, you can't go wrong, as long as one of them doesn't tank so badly that developers stop making games for it (looking at you, Wii U, almost certainly the first Nintendo console that I will not own).
FWIW Apple just announced some beefed up gaming development potential. Of course, they are current the dominant portable gaming device player right now, but I have a sneaking suspicion that they might go further. Like, a $100 Apple TV device that plays games with either an affordable controller peripheral or a digital touchscreen controller on your favorite i-Device.
I firmly believe that Nintendo completely missed the boat when they did not go that direction. In-home digital streaming consoles are a booming business, and Nintendo could have developed a genuine differentiating winner, but they went for a third-rate console instead.
|5 weeks 6 days ago||Brown had a mixed career at||
Brown had a mixed career at Michigan; Michael Taylor was the starter at the beginning of '88 and was very good, but when he got hurt Brown stepped in and got the job done. I recall hearing a fan or two grumble for Elvis to get more time, though. Of course, that came later.
|5 weeks 6 days ago||The B1G is right on board||
The B1G is right on board with them here, and in this instance I think there is good cause.
Remember, a "cost-of-attendance" stipend attached to the grant-in-aids was floated a couple of years ago. The big boys were in favor. It was the small schools that killed it; I suspect that had it passed a number of the current controversies would be muted.
It may be due to public pressure, but the big schools definitely want to offer more to their athletes. They're being blocked by the Idahos of the world. This is basically an effort to streamline the movement that is already happening.
|5 weeks 6 days ago||I used the term "Secretary of||
I used the term "Secretary of State" in deference to the substantial quantity of MGoblog readers who are Michigan residents. An even larger portion were Michigan residents at one time (my first 25 years in my case) and are also familiar with the vocabulary.
But in truth the majority of the nation deals not with a "Secretary of State" office but with a vile cesspool of bureacracy known as the "DMV." And in my case there is no bureaucratic experience that I have found more aggravating than the DMV in Lancaster, California. It was a typically sized building with very atypical volumes; I never waited for less than an hour to be called, and it was always completely packed with people. Didn't matter what you needed, either--wait an hour. Sometimes, get instructions, then wait an hour again.
It is possible that I may not have completely cleansed myself of my negative feelings relating to the California DMV.
|6 weeks 2 days ago||Low ticket sales would help||
Low ticket sales would help explain the extra promotions for tickets to others. There are going to be a few thousand extra seats available in the northwest corner.
Dahblue: Brandon didn't take the marshmallows away--those were gone in the 90s. Personal decisions to imbibe intoxicating beverages have not been influenced by DB, the Victors has still played, and students are still admitted to the Stadium if they are stumbling.
Having a "good time" seems closely related to winning and excitement; that has definitely been lacking, but that it one area where DB has yet to prove a part of the problem.
|6 weeks 2 days ago||I'm a guy who has tried to||
I'm a guy who has tried to toe the moderate line on DB. Voice of reason, he's good at executing stuff, the department needs to secure income to continue to be successful, look at the BB program, blah blah blah. All true, yes. I have, at times, reacted to what I perceive to be unfair or excessive anger toward the Director and the Department.
So let me say that the referenced email to longstanding ticket holders (50 years puts them solidly back into the mediocre 60s before Bo, a time somewhat analogous to this one but with fewer fans), if it is accurately represented, is an incredible slap in the face to all fans, and those in particular.
This program was built on people who got in "early." It is built on families passing down the tradition and the memories; that's how I became a fan, after all. People who have held tickets for decades, who have donated (there's still an endowment? That's impressive) and lived through downs and ups and stuck with it, are the building blocks that everything that is good about Michigan sports today. The Stadium, the sellouts, the colors, the success, all of it.
It's possible we're not getting the "whole story." Or that the tone of the email is misrepresented. It may not be as bad as it sounds.
But it sounds really, really bad.
Yeah, this kind of reaction is nothing new to a lot of people here, but keep in mind that I am saying this as a guy who defends a number of the moves DB makes. There's no defending this.
|7 weeks 2 days ago||I'm talking about hammering||
I'm talking about hammering us in recruiting. We're already starting to lose guys.
The net effect of such a hammering is that the trends you've just listed... would continue unabated.
And that is unacceptable.
|7 weeks 2 days ago||Hoke needs to win this year||
Hoke needs to win this year or its over. No quantity of statements of confidence from the AD's office, or platitudes that glow over "improvement" will help stop the bleeding if he does not win significantly this year.
Do I sound negative? Well, yeah. One of the major reasons many of us got on board the Hoke bandwagon was his good recruiting; now we are going on year two of disappointments, potentially. A turnaround will be needed soon, or our rivals will start hammering us. Another year of discontent will drive the top recruits away as surely as the digital billboard on Stadium Blvd scrolling the message "We Support Donald Sterling."
|7 weeks 2 days ago||It's clear to me (and I spent||
It's clear to me (and I spent some time looking closely at this) that Henson could have been the difference in all three of the regular season losses. The margins of loss were very, very small in each, and the superior passing game and offense Henson would have provided could have, should have put Michigan over the top.
Keep in mind, of course, that some of Michigan's wins that year were close, too; Wisconsin in particular sticks out as a flukey win, with Michigan needing a muffed punt by the Badgers late in the game to pull it out.*
But here's the thing: If there's one thing we could count on in the Carr era, and one thing that we keep coming back to in this thread, it is that Michigan would always take the field at least once a season and lose a horrible game that they should've won. The 2001 team, even if Henson were on the roster, was not good enough to avoid this.
And even with Henson they were way outmatched by Tennessee; even if the best-case scenario happened and they did finish the regular season undefeated, they would have gone to the Rose Bowl and been absolutely annihilated by Miami.
|7 weeks 2 days ago||Our offensive line was||
Our offensive line was exposed against USC in the Rose Bowl. 12 sacks. It was a turnstile.
LSU's strongest position group was its D-line. I don't think we were going to do any better against them.