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- I've been properly chastened the board response and hence, now hew the mgoblog party line. 1984'ed, I've been.
- Seriously, I still think when politics intersects with Michigan sports, it's fair game. (i.e., if JH said something about politics in a public forum. Or Denard. Or Peppers.) The board disagrees on the relevance of Michigan athletes speaking on politics, so I defer to the board.
- Letting emotions get the best of you.
- Notion of commitment in a relationship. It is clear Reschke's heart was broken.
- Not only that, trust with teammates was broken. You don't do that to a teammate (sleep with a girlfriend.)
- No call for racist slurs, ever, under any circumstance. I wouldn't be surprised that Reschke mouthed off in pain with what he thought was the most painful, cutting comment he could make. Shouldn't do that. He learned the hard way.
- Kimchi. Until in Korea, I had never had kimchi (fermented pickled spicy cabbage.) Nor did I realize there were so many different kinds of kimchi.
- Varieties of sushi and sashimi. I love sushi. However, lobster sushi? Not as much. And octopus sushi, where the tentacles are still squirming (really fresh!) and a sucker locks onto your lip on the way down? Not as much.
- Bulgogi. This is not uncommon in the states. Fine, marinated steak, (soy, sugar, sesami oil, garlic) sliced fine and grilled on a brazier. Delicious. But even better is to eat it the right way: combine with rice, grilled onion/pepper, and very fresh clove of garlic, wrapped in lettuce. I absolutely love that combination.
- Bibimbop. Extremely common in Korea. Getting common in the states. It literally means mixed rice. Rice, sauteed and seasoned veggies, chili paste, soy paste, sunny side up egg, and a little meat, all mixed together. Love this.
- Cold spicy buckwheat noodle soup. Not an American kind of thing, but pretty good.
- Dog meat stew. Not my favorite. However . . . I ate some extremely fresh raw dog liver with a bit of salt. Tasty. Doubt I'll ever have it again, but definitely in the weird food category.
- Korean "American" restaurants. We're all used to Chinese or Italian or Mexican or Greek or Middle Eastern restaurants. 30 years ago at least, "American" restaurants were not uncommon in Korea. But their idea of "American" food was . . . interesting. Was it shaped by Army food? I dunno. But I remember having breaded pork cutlet, potato buds whipped potatoes with brown gravy, crinkle cut carrots . . . but with some Korean sides. Just weird. The reverse is true. There are certain things we think of as "Chinese" that you don't find in China (fortune cookies? Smh.) Same with Italian food.
- Perry, with the counsel of his attorney, agrees to plead guilty to a lesser charge. (I wouldn't know, but quite often the SA writes up potential charges in a dozen different ways for the same event. Disorderly conduct, Assault, Battery, Mob Action, Public Drunkenness, etc., etc., etc. A criminal DA here would know the terms better than I would.)
- The State's Attorney aggrees with the DA to accept this plea.
- At the next court date, the judge and attorneys agree on another court date for a plea.
- At the set court date, a plea is entered. A court date is then set for sentencing.
- At the sentencing court date, a sentence is rendered.
- Some time later, if all requirements of the sentence are met, the defendent is basically done and free and clear.
- Michigan has their shots falling,
- Stay out of trouble in terms of fouls
- Play solid defense, including rebounding
- I'm not against night games. Actually, I think we could have a couple a year . . . one non-conference game, and one conference game. I'd prefer that night games be over with by mid. October.
- What I don't understand is why it is necessary that a night game be against a marquee opponent. Michigan is ALWAYS going to have a full house against MSU and OSU. That being the case, why not have night games against tier two opponents? That way, all the people who are really hot for a night game can get pumped up to play San Jose State or Northwestern or Illinois or Purdue or Indiana or Rugers or Maryland at NIGHT!!
- I can grant that Michigan could theoretically play OSU or MSU or PSU at night. Still think that specifically against MSU, you are more likely to have trouble. Just my opinion. But maybe not. Which is why I said that fine, go ahead and try a night game against the Big 3 from Michigan's perspective, and see how it goes.
- Regarding whining, I have no need to whine . . . I like things just the way they are right now. I support Coach Harbaugh. If he doesn't want night games, that's good enough for me. (And if he wanted night games, you can bet we would be having them!)
- There are six legitimate threats to hit the three point shot. And Donnal takes threes on occasion as well. This doesn't allow teams to cheat by leaving anyone on Michigan open. With six scoring threats anywhere on the floor, Michigan can weather one, maybe two guys being "cold," and just feed the hot hands.
- There are two very agile big guys (Wagner, Wilson) who are able to create. Watching Wilson drive the basket a couple games ago was incredible. They are not easy for bigger but slower guys to defend. Wilson has gotten better as he has healed up from some kind of ankle sprain.
- In addition to the bigs, I am very comfortable with Walton, Irvin, and Simpson driving to the basket. And Walton has really excelled in taking over a game.
- Robinson has gotten better at defense. He can cut to the basket. And he is such a strong 3 point weapon.
- Donnal has finally started contributing on defense, without being a total liability.
- Simpson has also started contributing. He actually is hitting buckets.
- The sting of Illinois' comments (white collar team) has really brought the guys together. And there is some amount of shame in losing to OSU. And there is so little time left in the season, I just don't see play regressing. Michigan can't afford to lose if they want to go to the NCAA tourney They are letting it all hang out and playing hard.
- Irvin back. Much needed for end of season.
- Robinson improved defense. Allows us to give wings a breather.
- Donnal playing D and a bit of offense. Helps out Wagner and Wilson.
- Beating Wisconsin. Man, we needed that.
- Solidified a spot in the NCAA's.
- Moving up massively in the rankings over the next 3 weeks? We will win enough to be IN the tourney. However, if we can beat Minnesota, Northwestern, or BOTH, (along with Rutgers and Nebraska), we have a winning record in the Big 10 Conference. I can barely imagine it, but should we win out, we would pass up all but the top three teams, and could pass one of them if they tank.
|21 hours 12 min ago||Great observation||
Great observation. Here's why.
|1 day 1 hour ago||Whole situation is sad||
The whole situation is sad and there is plenty of blame to go around.
Beyond this particular situation, there is a lot of hidden racism in our culture. It is easy to condemn racism from a distance when it doesn't personally involve you. While I hate horror movies, I am considering to go see new movie release "Get Out" for that very reason.
|1 day 1 hour ago||What we've got here is a failure to communicate||
What we've got here is a failure to communicate. What part of "no politics at mgoblog" don't you understand? Ironically, you fail to get how your jibe will offend others just as much as Reschke's racist slur. Offense cuts both ways, bub. (And FTR, did not vote for anyone for President, so this is not about me.)
|1 day 1 hour ago||I'm an idiot||
I'm an idiot . . . at first I thought you meant "on the defensive line" and I was confused . . .
|1 day 6 hours ago||Treadwell and Hoke, Isaiah Wilson||
I will never forget talking two Laura Hoke about recruiting at a meet and greet in Chicago. She mentioned one player in particular who was expecting the red carpet and extra benefits . . . it was obviously Treadwell. I strongly suspect the same thing happened with Isaiah Wilson.
|1 day 13 hours ago||Fascinating thread||
This is a fascinating question. On a philosophical level, what makes something "weird?" If enough people start to like it, does it become mainstream? Where is the tipping point? If most everyone in a family/community eats something, is it therefore not "weird?"
For me, this really came home spending 6 months in Korea. There were just a ton of things I ate that were "weird" to me. Some of them I enjoyed, some not so much. For instance,
Living in Chicago, I love Chicago style hot dogs . . . (Vienna all beef kosher hot dog, poppy seed bun, chopped onions, sweet pickle relish, dill spear, sport peppers, yellow mustard, celery salt.) I like Detroit coneys, but love Chicago style. And having wussy hot dogs with ketchup and mustard? Nope.
Since I have my first colonoscopy in several hours, and haven't eaten for a day, I best stop talking about food and just get it over with.
|2 days 2 hours ago||Obviously 6 or 7||
Obviously we want to be seeded six or seven. But the reality is it depends on our play from here on out. if we win two, even three more games in the regular season, along with two in the tournament, we might get there. But that's a pretty tall order. I suppose it also depends on the play of those ahead of us right now. Should several of those teams lose a number of games, it could benefit where we are seeded.
|2 days 7 hours ago||8 - 10 is what we deserve||
Right now, Michigan is getting what they deserve. There's no use in crying over spilt milk. If Michigan had beat Virginia Tech, Iowa, and Ohio State, things would look a lot different now. If Michigan had also beat Wisconsin (at Wisconsin) and Minnesota, it would look even better. But Michigan didn't do that.
I'm just hoping that Michigan's shooting is on, their defense is on, and they don't get jobbed by the refs.
|2 days 8 hours ago||Many, many reasons for delays||
There are so many reasons for delays, as mentioned above. In my limited involvement with the court, cases are continued again and again and again. You have to have the defendant, the State's Attorney, the Defense Attorney, the Judge, and any witnesses, all there on the same day and ready to proceed. If one of them is sick, there's a delay. If someone leaves the case, there's a delay. If there's a blizzard, there's a delay. If either the defense or prosecution requests more time for a good reason, there's a delay. If the prosecution and defense and defendant can't agree on how to plead and what charge to plead, there's a delay. (If the attorneys won't budge, or the defendant won't budge, there's a delay.)
I'm guessing the following would be the quickest way for this to proceed:
The point is, this takes time, and doesn't move that quickly.
And if the defendant, and the defendant's representation, choose to fight all charges, it can drag out even further.
|2 days 8 hours ago||Similar to how it worked at United Center||
When I went to the Big 10 Tourney in Chicago, you had to buy the whole package. It was a little bit like buying season tickets: you get all the tickets, and can re-sell them as you see fit. The reason I could make it work is that I bought tickets with a group of people. Two were Purdue fans, two were dual Illinois/Michigan fans, three of us were straight Michigan fans, and there were a couple more spouses along for the ride as well (not heavy duty fans, but happy to go along to some of the games.) I think there were maybe 10 of us who went in on 6 packages? And we split it up based on fandom and how much you wanted to pay in, and re-sold / gave away some of the tickets. That might be too complicated for you. But if you have a group who are casual fans but not rabid, it works well. Everyone gets to go to some games, those who want to go to more, go to more, those who only want to go one day, do that. Good luck.
|2 days 19 hours ago||Don't know||
I just don't know. I was pretty confident going into Minnesota. That was a mistake. And playing down to Rutgers . . . Smh. When three things happen, Michigan can play with anyone:
The problem is, there don't seem to be any guarantees on those three things.
|2 days 19 hours ago||United Center was decent||
Here in Chicago, the United Center was fairly full on Friday and Saturday (didn't go on Thursday, and we didn't make it to Sunday). I really have misgivings about the Verizon Center, but I guess they have to throw a bone to MD/PSU/Rutgers. Don't know.
|3 days 20 hours ago||Was guessing you were a youngster||
Most of the board is made up by your peers, so no, there is nothing weird. Simply before your time!
|4 days 10 hours ago||Several observations||
EDIT: I do believe that if night games become a regular thing, it will have some kind of impact on tailgating and who goes to the game. More specifically, there has always been a significant group of attendees who make a full day of it, getting up early to drive the van or RV to Ann Arbor from the Detroit metro area, from GR, from Bay City and Saginaw and Kalamazoo and Chicago. Many of these folks would leave at 5 or 6 in the morning, and are home by 10pm. Even with stopping for dinner in town or on the roads. That works well when you are going with a group, and when you have kids. Now, assume the game is over around 11pm. You get to your car by midnight. You're home by 1am? 2am? Later? That just doesn't work. Especially with a cranky wife and wiped out grade school or high school kids. Last year, after the Wisconsin game, the traffic on 94 was backed up pretty much all the way to Kalamazoo. And I was going to Chicago. I am not a blue-haired retiree. Some of you will counter, get a room and stay overnight. The problem is three-fold. First, getting a room means adding a huge chunk of expense which day trippers want to avoid. Second, there isn't the room capacity in Ann Arbor. You can't find rooms now . . . and you want to add demain for maybe 5,000 more rooms? Third, time involved. A full day is one thing. A full weekend? It just isn't worth it, because there are other things to do with life. Night game? Yeah, I'll pass. Let those who want to go, go. I'll DVR the game, start it a half hour to an hour in, shut off my phone, enjoy good food, drink, friends, hi-def TV, no commercials be done watching about the same time the game is over in real time, and be home and in bed within a half hour.
|4 days 10 hours ago||What do tickets run nowadays?||
I'm curious the price of tickets nowadays. I will say, back in the 80's, I was able to get season tickets for basketball for maybe $75, iirc. And I vaguely remember season football tickets in the late 70's for maybe $250? I can't remember whether it was 2004 or 2007, but I went to the Rose Bowl, and we were able to get a ticket for face value for less than the cost of a regular season ticket today! When you add up food, incidentals, lodging, a ticket to the game, gas, maybe lodging, a program, maybe a t-shirt, it costs a fortune. Pro sports are worse. Honestly, I don't know how people really can afford to go to NFL, NBA, NFL games at all. I guess I'm too frugal. But the whole thing seems like such an obscene money grab.
|4 days 22 hours ago||actually, no||
if you read my post, there are three reasons I guess. First, the Michigan State game will sell out no matter when it is scheduled. Second, I suggest at least 5 possibilities for night games. personally, I wouldn't feel that two night games a season was a bad thing. Frankly, I don't get where this big game thing is critical for a night game. Use a night game 4 one of the non-conference teams, and for and early game against a Big Ten opponent. Maybe space them 3 weeks apart. 4 weeks apart. One in the first or second week of September, and one near the beginning of October. Why mess around with Michigan State. They're going to sell out the game anyway.
|5 days 1 hour ago||No||
No, I wouldn't want it. Of course, the decision isn't up to me. But from a pure marketing standpoint, you're going to get the crowds for Michigan State and Ohio State for a Day game. Plus, I really do think vandalism and drunkenness would be more of a problem with Michigan State. So I would have a night game with someone else. Wisconsin? (Wisconsin knows how to drink and party, but not as bad with vandalism as MSU.) Nebraska? (Nice crowd.) Iowa? (also a nice crowd.) Penn State? (least favorite of options, but still better than MSU.) A marquee non-conference game? (ND, obv., but also UCLA, Texas, an SEC team, etc.) Not Michigan State. Think there are too many potential problems.
EDIT: I "almost", for the sake of the whining MSU night game crowd, want for there to be an MSU night game in Ann Arbor. And for bad stuff to happen. Forget about burning couches . . . how about some burning cars and good fights and rocks through windows in the law quad. Which would shut down that nonsense of an MSU night game for good.
|6 days 2 hours ago||Ha ha||
Lactose intolerant. Sorry to hear that. I am so glad to have no food allergies of any kind. My daughter has celiac disease. Food allergies are not fun.
I do like my coffee various ways . . . sometimes black, sometimes with cream. Coffee is just a good drink imhe.
|6 days 5 hours ago||3-2 vs. 3-1?||
I think you might be missing something.
|6 days 5 hours ago||Oh . . . and church||
I happen to be a pastor. My schedule makes it nigh impossible to respond on Sunday mornings. Sorry 'bout that.
|6 days 5 hours ago||Minnesota free fall?||
This was poorly worded and wrong. Having said that, I think that Minnesota's wins have been against weaker teams. I have not been impressed by their four game win streak. When I think of how Michigan beat Michigan State, Indiana, and Wisconsin I think of significant, substantial wins. That's not how Minnesota is winning. I also personally believe that Michigan's offense is going to shred that defense, and that Minnesota's offense won't have anything to keep it a real game.
|6 days 18 hours ago||That's fair||
That's fair. It really is the lot of a Michigan fan. Why get your hopes up only to have them dashed. I don't blame you at all. That really is how I have rooted quite often. Honestly, that's how I feel about Michigan football vs. OSU. Until the football team, you know, actually beats Ohio State, I won't fully believe.
However, for some odd reason, I am "all in" for the basketball team.
Yes, we will know a lot more tomorrow. But if Michigan is able to win against Minnesota like they did against Indiana, or even win MORE convincingly, I think we'll know what we have for the balance of the year.
|6 days 21 hours ago||We shall see||
Yep, none of us really know. Some how, I am believing that the light has gone on, and Michigan is going to play tougher. The Illinois "white collar" term stung. But I also think that just playing has really helped Wagner and Wilson. And Wilson is healthy. And Walton is taking charge of the team. And Irvin got his stroke back. And Rahkman seems to have really embraced junkyard defense. And Robinson is playing better D, and so is Donnal. And the game is slowing down for Xavier, and he is getting in some quality minutes. So while I don't know, I am believing that the team has turned a key corner.
|6 days 21 hours ago||Good strong coffee||
Fresh roasted beans from Kenya, just ground, bit of half and half, always good.
|1 week 1 day ago||MUPPETS!!||
|1 week 1 day ago||Ok||
Ok on pundits. Michigan can show them in their remaining 5 games. Win on the road, better yet, knock off Purdue. Better yet, win the Big 10 tourney. Michigan has already cemented their spot. (assuming they beat Rutgers, etc.) Winning out and winning the Big 10 tourney would greatly improve Michigan's seeding. I'll assume not top 16, but play themselves into the top 32.
|1 week 1 day ago||MUPPETS!!||
MUPPETS are in order. We have to be in the tourney now.
Also, a huge shout out to Irvin, and to Beilein for being patient with him.
Lastly, Donnal wasn't terrible, and Robinson is improving on defense. Wilson didn't do much, nor Walton, but we had more than enough with Irvin et al.
|1 week 2 days ago||I don't feel bad||
I don't feel that bad. Michigan's starters have a total of 3 fouls. I don't like the autobench policy either. HOWEVER . . . in the 2nd half, I think that Wilson and Wagner can play much more aggressive defense against Happ. Wilson has no fouls, and Wagner has one. It would be hard for either to foul out in a full half.
I also wonder if Happ will be a bit gassed in the 2nd half. If Wilson, Wagner, and Irvin all collapse on Happ, make it hard for him to get the ball, force the rest of Wisconsin to shoot, it could be a very good thing. With only being down one point, Michigan has a full half for a statement win against the team currently in the lead in the Big 10.
Regarding Irvin, he is what he is at this point. However, 2 of 5 isn't as bad as he's been. As Coach Beilein has said, he is close to coming out of his shooting funk.
And there is a very clear reason that Teske hasn't seen the floor a whole lot. Beilein has done as much as he can do with the raw material with have on hand. Recruiting is hard work.
|1 week 2 days ago||Amen re: Video content||
So much video and audio content is a waste of time. I rarely will watch lots of video or audio of people talking. Tbh, I rarely listen to the audio content that you produce here at mgoblog. You can get a lot more information easier, quicker, and with more depth, by reading a well written piece.
|1 week 3 days ago||LOL||
I learned very quickly how much of a third rail any innocuous mention of a tangential connection between a Michigan athlete and politics brings for a poster/commenter.