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- My first Michigan t-shirt. Still have it. Old style yellow, Michigan across front.
- Old style rugby type shirt . . . big maize and blue stripes, white collar, was expensive when I bought it, solid shirt.
- Was living in LA in 92 - 93. Cleaned up after the Rose Bowl victory, loved my cream v-neck Michigan sweater, bought all kinds of swag for myself and wife at closeout prices several weeks after the game.
- Navy Champion Reverse weave crewneck sweatshirt. Classic. Wear more than anything.
- Custom made sweats from when I was in Korea. Grey, small Navy Michigan spelled out, with gold outlining the letters. Knew exactly what I wanted.
- Basic Adidas Neon Maize cotton T. Just like it.
- Navy sweatshirt, from 97 Rose Bowl. Great memories.
- Money. Cities, stadiums, TV, participant teams, all profit.
- Opportunity for a Cinderella team to make it.
- Opportunity for another "champion," another banner.
- Neutral site. No home court advantage for anyone.
- Limited time to plan ahead: after the first game, you have to be prepared to play any number of teams, with less than a day to prepare. Rewards certain types of teams.
- No time to recuperate. The team has to roll out there day after day. This involves a different set of strategies.
- Prep for the NCAA tourney. You can make an argument that conference tournaments help teams get ready for the NCAA, in terms of no home court, limited planning time, and limited recuperation time.
- What color is the dress?
- What colors do you see in this picture?
- That's both an attractive and appropriate avatar. Always liked it.
- With the user name "East German Judge," I'm surprised your avatar isn't Katarina Witt.
- One of these days, I'm going to change my avatar slightly (to another pic of my better half.)
- Camp Randall Stadium, loss vs. Wisconsin, 1993. Terrifying . . . Wisconsin fans severely injured rushing the field (trapped on chain link fence and railing.) LINK: 1993 Wisconsin MIchigan Disaster.
- Michigan Stadium, loss vs. Ohio State, 1981. Missed the opening, because the lines to get in were ridiculous. And Michigan lost.
- 1986 Michigan - Minnesota game. Michigan was ranked #2, and this was supposed to be a gimme game, setting up Ohio State the next week. Michigan stumbled, losing on a field goal at the end, 20 - 17. Michigan would have been in the MNC game had they beat Minnesota. What coulda been. . .
- Gluttony. I like food, and eat too much. Need to cut back on carbs. And processed food.
- Groupon. I've mostly quit, but I think I'm done altogether.
- The Internet. Including MGoBlog. I waste too much time on the Internet, from MGoBlog to FB to the newspaper. When I stopped coming to MGoBlog for more than a month in the Fall, it was . . . liberating. But I might not manage, because I am an addict. I've always been nagged by a quiet question in my head: I sometimes wonder if Brian and Seth cackle knowingly, roll their eyes, and shake their head when looking at the total minutes some users spend on the blog. That's not a list I want to be on.
- I'm not looking forward to alcohol at all.
- I'm not looking forward to giving up alcohol at all.
|13 hours 40 min ago||So many . . . how do you choose?||
So many to choose from.
|13 hours 52 min ago||Love my Navy Champion Reverse Weave Sweatshirt||
Very basic . . . Navy sweatshirt, Champion reverse weave, maize "Michigan" sewn onto the front. Getting ragged, but that's a great sweater.
|1 day 26 min ago||This is the story that keeps on giving||
This is the story that keeps on giving. I do believe that investigators are being very thorough in their questions, one by one, of all the Sammies and SDT's who were actually there. Once they have done that, they can start cross referencing what each person said, and go back for second and third rounds of questions. I'd be interested to know if the investigation has come up with anyone who shared photos or vids from cell phones and cameras. Can you imagine what would happen once some of the actual perps are confronted with vids of themselves in the act of destroying property?
I think that there are very significant screws that can be applied, and bargaining chips that are out there. If the University offers non-expulsion clauses to students willing to fess up, some will turn and provide evidence against fellow fraternity brothers. Same thing with criminal charges. Same thing with financial penalties. I am not a lawyer, but I can imagine that that in a local jurisdiction, if punitive penalties could possibly be assessed, this could also change the tune of some who have so far remained silent.
|1 day 1 hour ago||Distinction between mean and rape fueled||
Look, everyone has to deal with the reality of mean speech. Schilling says as much. But when it is directed to your daughter? And not just being mean, but saying she is easy, a slut, should be fisted, raped, filled with a Louisville Slugger? Is there any kind of boundary? Any kind of sense when lines have been crossed from mean speech to completely inappropriate speech? More than that, is it wrong if perps of this kind of misogynist speech are publicly identified and held accountable?
|1 day 1 hour ago||Appreciate this post||
Thank you, Stephen, for linking to this article. Last year, I attended a lecture by Dr. Catherine Steiner Adair, a clinical instructor in the Dept. of Psychiatry at Harvard. She spoke partially on how the veil of anonymity and the nature of social media (blogs, FB, twitter, texting, etc.) had led to a huge explosion of inappropriate speech. IIRC, this was particularly a problem with teen males coming from privilege. The normal self-imposed filters used in actual conversations were largely gone. Working from the anonymity of a keyboard and a flickering screen, bullying, misogynist language, extremely crude and inappropriate images, were becoming more and more common.
Interestingly, the power to deal with this is there, as noted by Curt Schilling. If you know what you're doing, you can quickly unveil the real identity of Internet tough guys. There was a fascinating article entitled (LINK:) Goodbye Internet Anonymity: Swedish Tabloids Publicly Shame Forum Users. In that particular instance, public and political figures who had posted anonymously on Internet Forums were publicly outed, similar to what Schilling did with the jerks who posted on his daughter.
Here in Chicago, there were articles in the Sunday Tribune about Chicago Blackhawk player Sharp, and the anonymous slander and libelous claims made against him (see the mgoblog post (LINK:) "Blackhawks' forward Patrick Sharp Locker Room Cancer.") The claim in the Trib is that the reports of dissenion among the Blackhawks, and the claims made against Sharp, are not true and not substantiated. Again, with anonymity, cruel, spiteful, slanderous, hateful speech is easily spread.
Brian and Seth and FB and other Internet forum providers rarely highlight the fact, but they can actually reveal the identity of any users who greatly abuse their posting privilege. We talk about deleted posts and Bolivia and the Banhammer, but the real nuclear option would be to for any Internet forum to publicly identify the name, contact info, address, etc., of people writing horrible things.
It is a great question: should people be held accountable for their speech and actions? I think this is why the Treetops story continues to have traction. Many have asked, in the case of the Treetops debacle, why should young white males from a life of such privilege and wealth NOT be held accountable for clearly malicious and destructive action? Why should their anonymity be upheld?
As the father of three, including a beautiful 21 year old daughter currently in the Navy, I completely get what Schilling did, and am glad for the dialogue this opens.
|1 day 7 hours ago||Many reasons||
There are several reasons for the conference tournaments, most of which are mentioned above.
There are, however, several other reasons, some of which are related to the above.
Some teams really develop or grow over the season. I actually think Beilein's teams are emblematic of this. Imagine, theoretically, if Caris and Walton both came back this week. (Caveat: we know this isn't happening, but imagine.) If those two guys were on the floor and healthy, Michigan actually could get lucky and win it all. Without the tourney, that couldn't happen. The reason it is called a Cinderella story is because it happens so rarely. The casual fan really loves Cinderella teams, much more than the 800 pound gorilla team that always wins.
Opportunity for basketball fans to see lots of games in a short time window with teams they might not have seen otherwise. I went to the tourney in Chicago two years ago. For someone who really loves basketball and has the disposable cash, it is great. You have 13 games over five days. If your team is decent (say in the top 5 - 6 teams,) you have the opportunity to see them 3 times in3 days. If you're really lucky, 4 times in 4 days. And you can see some great matchups with other teams you normally would never go to. For someone not living in AA who can't do season tickets, this is especially awesome.
Tourney play is slightly different from regular season play.
All in all, the succinct "$$$$$" posts hit the nail on the head. But there are plenty of secondary reasons tournaments are played.
|2 days 20 hours ago||Show me the money||
As said above, this has been discussed in several different ways over the last week or so. Until we see something more definitive, it is just a lot of hearsay. I went to the two links you provided: they show Rudock, but nothing about this pending transfer.
|3 days 4 hours ago||200 - 300 thousand a year not wealthy?||
As mentioned elsewhere, annual income in excess of $250k puts a family in the top 1%. Wealthy.
The fallacy is this. We are so segregated by income in the US that we can easily be surrounded by people in the same income strata. If everyone in your neighborhood has a similar house, similar vehicles, similar income, it is easy to assume you are like "everyone else." The elitism and privilege and cluelessness is mindboggling to me.
|3 days 18 hours ago||Support Sexybits ban||
I support the Sexybits ban. Anyone who wants sexybits knows where to find them. I am very thankful not to find them here. I'll check mgoblog periodically during the work day. The last thing I need is for a member of my church or visitor to my office to see some jiggly sexy bits bouncing across my monitor. That would pretty much end mgoblog usage for me, among other things.
|3 days 18 hours ago||A corollary to the title thing||
Here's a corollary to the title thing. And I have a title. I am a pastor. I have been called many things. I am fine with Pastor Kass, Pastor Steve, and in most cases, just Steve. My pet peeve is kids. Specifically, I am not fond of teens and younger calling me by my first name. It just seems . . . too familiar. I realize this is partly my own hangup: I want my own children to respond to others with respect, and calling a teacher or doctor or pastor by their first name will never seem right to me.
Another honorific thing: my grandparents (most of them) came from Germany. I asked my grandmother once if I should use "Du" oder "Sie." The answer was a definitive "Sie."
Having studied in Korea for a while a long time ago, I gather that there definitely were expectations on how youth addressed adults. Don't know if that has changed or not.
|3 days 23 hours ago||I'm completely with you Seth||
I'm completely with you Seth. Having taken photos for 2/3 of my life, and correcting for color, I see white and gold. And even with the picture on the right, I see an improperly exposed photo. For me, the problem is how the question is asked. You can ask two different questions:
The first question is what was asked, so I go with white and gold.
|4 days 16 hours ago||Cool||
My sister, among other things, has a food blog (http://lostrecipesfound.com/) lives in Skevanston, and has done a fair amount with recipe testing and baking. You may have crossed paths sometime.
|4 days 16 hours ago||Took me a second . . .||
Took me a second to get the Justin & Spike reference. Which reminds me of three things:
|4 days 16 hours ago||How'd you become a Wolverine fan?||
Demetrious, how'd you become a Michigan fan? Were you originally from Michigan?
EDIT: my daughter is an ACNT in Norfolk. What is your rating, or are you an officer?
|4 days 19 hours ago||Best if incident just fades away||
It would be best if the incident just faded away. And better if no one mocks it. I hope you're right: this isn't the best kind of publicity. (And FTR, even though more news on this has come out, I haven't created a thread about it, nor do I plan to do so.)
|4 days 19 hours ago||Most money||
I'd like to see the Big 10 get the most money for the conference. I tend to favor NBC or Fox over ESPN, but it doesn't matter that much to me.
|4 days 19 hours ago||About myself||
Name: Obvious! (having said that, I'm not a huge fan of anonymity.)
City: Carol Stream, IL
HS: Lane Tech, Chicago; Taylor Center, Taylor, MI
Sports: Track, Cross Country
Hobbies: Photography, cycling, hiking, piano
Personal: happily married to woman in avatar, 3 kids (daughter an Aegis Computer Network Tech in Navy, adopted 13 year old twins, boy and girl)
Fan: Michigan. Also Chicago pro teams: Bears, Bulls, Blackhawks, White Sox.
|4 days 19 hours ago||Eleven Warriors actually loves this||
Eleven Warriors actually loves this. I was curious, so I wandered over. So far, 8 positive responses, 0 negative responses.
I guess it's good to have a sense of humor. But I'd rather see the Onion lampoon OSU or MSU than Michigan. Speaking of mocking Michigan, I'm kinda surprised that we haven't seen SNL or the Onion put together a mockumentary news report on the Sammies/SDT's January ski trip debacle at Treetops. It's only a matter of time . . .
|4 days 21 hours ago||the one "additional" thing||
I think you mean the one "additional" thing. We have had great guard play, and some great guys on the wings at forward. But more size would be very helpful. Being in Chicago, I see how much of a difference Gasol and Noah and Mirotec make. Their size is a huge advantage, especially since they can also shoot. Adding that to the mix for Michigan would put us in the running for championships regularly.
|4 days 22 hours ago||7 foot club||
Not a whole lot of guys in the 7 foot club. I'm glad to see that he is putting on weight too. Bill Laimbeer was "only" 6'11", and had a listed playing weight of 245. But he was solid, was big, and was a real presence. To have Jon Teske at 7 feet or more, with some muscle mass, will be a huge help for the team.
|5 days 20 hours ago||Wondering . . .||
I think that Baylor realized they would or could be hammered by the NCAA. When this became obvious, they released the statement, insuring that they stayed in compliance with NCAA rules and guidelines. I completely understand, if that is the case. Baylor would not have taken this action except for the NCAA rules. The NCAA had nothing to do with declaring him ineligible. Baylor was proactive in staying in compliance with the NCAA.
Now, if the NCAA is proactive, and tells Baylor that Baylor would receive an exception and be allowed to give a scholarship in this particular case, then the plot would thicken. The NCAA could call Baylor's bluff, so to speak. That would put it back on Baylor. If that happened, Baylor would look pretty bad not to take the young man on. Although, I suppose he could look to go to a team somewhere, anywhere, that wanted his talents on their squad. (provided, again, they hadn't run afoul of NCAA rules and guidelines.)
What a tangled web we weave.
|5 days 22 hours ago||Several bad experiences||
Several bad experiences.
|6 days 18 min ago||Crummy day to be a Chicago fan||
First D Rose, then Patrick Kane out for 6 - 10 weeks. It is really crummy.
Have to say, I'm very interested to see how the Bulls do without Rose. I'm not convinced that they will wither away to nothing. With Gasol, Noah, Butler, and Mirotec, I think they might go pretty far, especially if Aaron Brooks and Heinrich can manage at PG.
|1 week 1 day ago||It is about both||
It's really about both . . . I was one of those poor Michigan students back in the day. By selling tickets for one or two games, it brought the cost for the rest of the games down to a very low price. Of course, tickets cost much, much less when I was buying them in the late 70's.
|1 week 1 day ago||Why we can't have nice things||
I remember this well. This is a great example of the "why we can't have nice things" principle. The cheering is fine and all, but when it goes over the line, it goes over the line badly. And the perps have a pretty entitled "F you" attitude toward anyone who suggests anything different.
I particularly understand the thing with visiting parents being near the visitor bench. If you've been in enough hostile environments, it is even more understandable.
|1 week 1 day ago||How can a spammer join the blog?||
Mods? How does this happen? Get rid of this nonsense. Thank you, and good bye.
|1 week 6 days ago||Interesting question||
Short answer: nothing. I'm giving up nothing for Lent.
Long answer: probably nothing. I mean, there will be some changes for me in Lent. But maybe I'm inconsistent. Maybe I fail. Which is ok. Giving up something, just for Lent, seems a manmade rule, questionable in keeping.
Longer answer: I'm cutting back on a couple of things.
So, if you don't see me here til April 5, I made it! Still love the blog, but this is probably a good time of the year for a break anyway. Signing off.
EDIT: I just don't get the readers who are EITHER staunch anti-religionists OR staunch believers who continue to get their shorts in a wad about posts like this. SMH, rollng my eyes, frowning. You know, while I'm a strong Christian, and I observe Lent, I really don't care whether or not anyone else on the blog does. It's none of my business. But this is Brian's blog, and those of you who can't handle it are like a whiney 13 year old girl (I have one, so I know) continually complaining that something isn't fair. Lighten up and get a life.
|1 week 6 days ago||I'm Confused||
So, I'm confused. You could mean one of the following:
Not sure which it is. Please clarify.
|2 weeks 12 hours ago||Great post, great share||
This was definitely worth my time. Loved the story. Thanks much for sharing. Wish I could give you a bunch of points.
|2 weeks 16 hours ago||I don't like thread idea||
I personally know of athletes who were jerks. But even so, I don't feel the needto highlight that for others. The truth is, most people have done questionable things. Best to let sleeping dogs lie.