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- I want ND back on the schedule in some shape or form.
- Not non-con, but I'd like to see us play Wisconsin more.
- If not a return visit, I'd like to have Iowa State come our way.
- Also personally wouldn't mind Boise State and Cincinnati and Louisville if they visit. Help strength of schedule without being a home and home.
- Home and home has been well covered. Obv. Texas. PAC10, SEC, Big 12 teams are all fine. I didn't see Missouri mentioned.
|1 week 6 hours ago||Touche||
Great post. State of MI. That's good.
Getting back to my OP, I have been concerned about the OL for some time. I still blame the terrible line recruiting under RR for setting us back a long time. The line makes QB's and RB's look good (or conversely, very bad.) The running game may have improved a bit from 2013 to 2014, but not hugely. And I get the feeling that Gardner was running scared much of the year.
I really haven't heard much of anything on Samuelson or Bars. But, to tell you the truth, I also haven't heard much about Fox, Tuley-Tillman, Dawson, or Kugler. (Let alone the redshirt freshmen.) I'd love to see several really take a big stride forward, and push the starters. As mentioned by others, it really helps to have competition, and there hasn't been much.
|1 week 1 day ago||You're adorable||
and I added to your upvotes.
|1 week 4 days ago||Stanford campus is gorgeous||
My dad remembers going to a football game at Stanford during WWII and how beautiful it was. He was stationed on Treasure Island in San Francisco Bay while in the Navy. I always wanted to see what he was talking about. As a result, about 10 years ago, while on a work related trip to Redwood, I drove to Treasure Island while on the way in. My flight out was a redeye, leaving me 12 hours to bum around. I ended up spending time at the tide pools, eating fish on the coast, and also spent a few hours walking around the Stanford campus. It was gorgeous, and very different from Ann Arbor, to my way of thinking. It reminded me just a bit of the ND campus in South Bend, except much prettier setting, and nicer buildings. I love Ann Arbor, but Stanford seems much more clear of a defined campus than UofM, with such a gorgeous physical setting. Can't blame anyone who goes there, especially on a scholarship.
|1 week 4 days ago||Omameh||
I was intrigued by your statement, in how it reflected Patrick Omameh, "who all started quite a few games on some really good Michigan teams." So I did a bit of checking myself. If I calculated right, he was in the last group recruited by Carr, and was here for 3 years of RR & 2 years of Hoke. I think Omameh outshined his 2 star rating, but I would be hard-pressed to call any of those teams "good." I guess you could call Hoke's first year good.
Omameh doesn't surprise me in being an outlier, being that he didn't play football until 9th grade, and came from Nigeria. It will be interesting to see if he sticks with the Bucs, and how long he lasts. Being that he started 16 games for them last year, the prospects are pretty good.
Regarding your chart, it is a great start. In the final analysis, you can often do a little digging, and see some who really are overrated and some who are underrated. This is where we'll see Harbaugh and his staff's coaching and talent evaluation ability (or lack thereof.) Personally, seeing guys in person, at camps, around the country, seems a brilliant way to identify talent and uncover those missed by other scouts. It will be fascinating to see how Dytarious Johnson, Sean McKeon, Josh Metellus, Antwaine Richardson, and Rashad Weaver do in their senior year of High School as well as at Michigan. If four of them bump up in ratings (one already has,) and two of them shine at Michigan, it will prove the value of summer swarm.
|1 week 5 days ago||Pairs? Triplets? Quads?||
My head is spinning. First Bredeson, now Metellus, possibly two more from Flanagan? WOW!
Is that a set of triple commits from Flanagan?
Or triplet commits?
Or, if we count Bredeson, quads?
I don't care what is called, it is all good, and Ace is putting in OT.
|1 week 5 days ago||oh brother||
Just read the thread titles, bud.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Happy Day||
I love a couple noon starts. This lets me leave Chicago late afternoon Friday. I can enjoy breakfast, the drum line, a brat, get a little shopping done, get to the stadium, have an early supper at Zingerman's or some other place outside, and be back home by 9pm or so. I personally love having a mix of noon, 3:30pm, 5:30pm, and evening starts.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Very pleased||
I'm personally very pleased. I would probably watch the games anyway on TV. However, with a noon start, I will definitely be able to get to at least one of them. I can drive in to Ann Arbor Friday evening, have dinner, enjoy Saturday morning, watch the game, have an early dinner on campus, and be back in the Chicago area by 9pm or so. In mid-September, it also is a great time for a drive.
I'm a little bit nonplussed by the idea in the thread that a noon start is a sign of disrespect. I really think that a mix of noon and 3:30pm games, with a couple or three evening games sprinkled in, couldn't be better. It means there are different choices available for everyone!
|2 weeks 5 days ago||I dunno||
I dunno. Don't you open yourself to public scrutiny if you put things out on Twitter? Isn't that the purpose of Twitter? If you don't want an publicity, notoriety, etc., why in the world would you use a twitter account that is public? I guess I am completely on board with no stalking, but it is hard to feel sympathy or privacy for someone who uses the Internet and doesn't get that it is a public forum. It is one thing to truly "stalk." (i.e., to physically stalk someone's addresses, place of work, driving, etc., etc.) It is another to do simple Internet and Twitter searches. That kind of Internet stalking is invited by those who use the Internet without proper privacy controls.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Very Cool||
Very cool . . . my daughter lives 5 minutes from there (a sailor on a destroyer, living off base in Norfolk.) I may just have to visit her and go to the camp.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Great post||
Great post on Harbaugh & Selma. Thanks for putting this up. Actually, when I think of Harbaugh and Peru, his concern for this community makes sense.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||au contraire mon frere||
Au contraire mon frere. Not so fast. I have been upfront when relevant that I'm a Christian, and a preacher at that. But to the best of my recollection, and I looked back at everything I've posted here at mgoblog the last 4 months, I've never wrung my hands and posted about the terrible discrimination faced by Christians, nor the plight of white guys in general. And yeah, I dislike a PC culture that really keeps important topics from being debated and discussed intelligently.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Being in Illinois, yes||
Being in Illinois, yes, we see voter fraud, and corruption in politics, and no end of politics. And no, I'm not going to post a tale of voter fraud here!
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Great post||
You articulate very well for me something I feel strongly about. Namely, I am one of those pretty much "in the middle." To avoid being tarred with the "you're racist, you're sexist, you're bigoted" brush, it is easier to keep my mouth shut than to engage in any kind of civil and meaningful dialogue. The cost has become too great. I used to love spirited discussions on important issues of the day. That was one of my favorite things at UofM. I don't think I would feel the same way in the current climate.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Political Correctness at MGoBlog||
I didn't spell it out in my OP, but I've noticed that there are some posters at MGoBlog who often seem to get their shorts in a wad about PC stuff. I definitely am in the "lighten up, Francis" crowd. I mean, I don't think I've ever used expletives in my posts, nor have I ever denigrated anyone here on the basis of gender, race, religion, sexual orientation, political party, etc. (I may have denigrated some Spartys or Buckeyes, but hey, nobody's perfect.) Still, it makes things less enjoyable when threads go down the path of political correctness. It just isn't fun.
By nature, I don't usually want to bait others, or use insulting epithets. But for crying out loud, I get what Seinfeld is saying. If you're always wondering who is going to be offended, you almost don't want to say anything.
|3 weeks 10 hours ago||Yep, from Easton||
Spath linked to this photo being from Easton, PA. Not that it matters much. (The link is on the board, about a page and a half down, entitled "Summer Swarm PA.")
|3 weeks 5 days ago||Give people space||
I do take out of this post the need to give people space. I think the reason that many celebs pay money to go to exclusive vacation spots is to avoid the attention and the paparazzi and the fans, etc. I think people want to feel normal. Interestingly, I've heard so many recruits report that they appreciate just talking about life with coaches. Some of the fan stuff is just not healthy. If a coach or celebrity wants to talk, they will. If they want their space, give it to them. I've had interactions with a few celebrities, and try to leave them be. Having crossed paths with Bill Walton, Dick Vitale, Roy Tarpley, Glen Rice, Rich Rellford, Butch Wade, and a few others, I don't think I ever asked for an autograph or for their space.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||Several things . . .||
First, I am a lot more of a hockey fan than softball fan. Second, I don't have cable. Third, finding a bar that will air the softball game, here in Chicago, is nigh on impossible.
If I was able to flip on my TV, and watch the softball game, and DVR the Hockey game, that'd be the way I would go. I don't have that option. As mentioned above, I'll be starting with a Little League game anyway at 6pm CST.
Mostly, I know there are a fair number of hockey fans on the board here. What I was curious was whether they were:
Generally, I enjoy a watching a good game of football, hockey, or basketball. After that, my interest wanes considerably.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||Have to agree||
I have to agree that with Michigan playing in the deciding and final game, that's the way to go. Plus, you can DVR the Stanley Cup and watch virtually all of it, skipping through commercials.
In terms of watching pleasure, apart from rooting interests, I definitely love Hockey. I can watch and enjoy good football, and good hockey, regardless of the team. I like basketball too, but not quite as much. Rooting interests come in more. As for the rest, I've yet to want to spend a lot of time watching baseball, softball, soccer, auto racing, Lacrosse, and others.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||Same||
Same. I'd still be a pastor. Love my job. Only difference is I would adjust my courses at UofM very significantly. If I could do it again, there are so many courses I could have taken that would have been beneficial. I would have spent much more time in Hebrew, Greek, Biblical History, Archaeology, counselling courses, etc. But I loved UofM, and love what I do.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||Butler & Financial Decisions||
Jimmy Butler is really set to cash in by both turning down the extension and his choice to go with NIke. Because of his free agent status, either the Bulls will pay him much, much, more, or he will be taking his talents to a higher bidder. Of course, people will be waiting to see what happens with the coaching situation now.
|4 weeks 4 days ago||Here's another WINNER!||
Here's another uniform WINNER!!!
|4 weeks 4 days ago||Great insight||
As a Chicago fan, I shook my head when that happened. Not outraged . . . calls or non-calls happen, shots go in and they don't, and that's just how it works sometimes. Still, I remember thinking that it often is on a simple thing like this that success happens, or doesn't. Lebron is tremendous, just as was Jordan. But losing to Cleveland sealed Thibs' fate.
Here in Chicago, there are at least a few questions about Paxson, and whether he'll ever be happy with a coach. He has already fired two taskmasters (Skiles & Thibs) and one guy who never should have been here. (Vinny.) It really takes a special coach to maintain discipline, but not have too heavy of a touch. Phil Jackson was that kind of coach, and I think Pop down in San Antonio is the same. And, for that matter, Beilein. Hard to say what's going to happen. A bit demoralizing in Chicago.
At least we have the Blackhawks . . . until the salary cap breaks them up again at the end of the season!
|4 weeks 4 days ago||Great Choice||
Great movie, and awesome venue to watch it. Wish I was there.
|4 weeks 6 days ago||Why would that matter?||
What would that matter to the MAD hatter?
|5 weeks 1 day ago||Very true sentiment||
The OP shares a very true sentiment. I have many military in my family . . . grandfather, father, father-in-law, 3 uncles, brother-in-law, nephew, and daughter. They served in WWI, WWII, Vietnam, Operation Iraqi Freedom, and other actions. I am thankful to all of them, and extremely thankful they all made it home alive. They all feel the same way.
The one who comes to mind is my father in law. He was a C-47 pilot in WWII, dropping paratroopers at both Normandy and Market Garden, flying at 500 feet and having shrapnel everywhere around him. On one occasion, he was put in isolation in sick bay because of suspected measles, having a red rash on his chest. It turns out is was just a reaction to the wool uniform. The pilot who went up instead of him that day bought the farm. Like most of the others, he carefully counted the number of flights and missions and came home to the States as soon as he could. The guy who followed him? He was blown out of the sky, and the whole crew was lost.
My father-in-law doesn't quickly tell stories, although being 91, he has shared a bit more in the last few years. The one thing I'll say is he counts himself extremely fortunate to be alive, and like many who have gone to visit France and the Netherlands, was overcome by the sacrifice of many.
|5 weeks 5 days ago||Many are ok||
So many games would be interesting.
|5 weeks 5 days ago||Because why?||
Either you're not a Wings fan, or you've been spoiled by the incredible run the Wings have had. If the former, I understand. I'm a Blackhawks fan myself. OTOH, if the latter, you sound like the Michigan fans I remember who thought a 10 - 2 record was maybe ok, but were pretty disappointed. Be careful what you wish for. Long term success is more ephemeral than you might realize.
|5 weeks 6 days ago||Whether to comment?||
I, like many above, smh and roll my eyes at the many posts on mindless topics. But, like a moth attracted to light, I can't help myself and have to comment.
First, I would have preferred this hadn't been posted. I'd prefer Hail and Unite die a silent death, one of a million idiotic suggestions that slink away without comment, like a dog that has released a SBD offering. But with this post, the death of H&U is more ignominous, at least at mgoblog.
Second, it has been my thought that mommy and daddy dearest could easily have funded this thing if they wanted to. My guess is that they wanted to let their progeny down lightly. And so, they said in so many words, "That's a brilliant idea. Why don't we crowd source this? When you have $10 or $20k committed, we'll spring for the rest." And mommy (really, daddy) probably knew all along that no one in their right mind would fund this. So instead of saying "over my dead body" to their boy's request for funds, they let the public speak, and now, H&U will simply die. There is no interest, it was a stupid idea, but hey, that's how you learn sometimes.
As a final note, I can't see Harbaugh or anyone else in the Ath. Dept. (or even the band and music school and business school) wanting to waste their time on this either. But somehow, no one ever wants to be the one who says "no."
|5 weeks 6 days ago||Moved to Michigan in High School||
We moved to Michigan my sophomore year of high school. Of course, I rooted for Michigan over Ohio State, so it started. UofM was the best affordable school hands down. Back then, you didn't apply to endless colleges. For me, it was between Michigan and Northwestern. In '77, tuition, room & board, etc., ran about $3,500. Times have changed. I'm really glad I ended up at Michigan, although my roots aren't nearly as deep as those with multiple family members and generations who went there.