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|2 weeks 4 days ago||Quite the cake||
That's quite the cake. A Scotus special, and very beautiful.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Denard||
Yeah, I know that Michigan won the title. I watched the game, loved the team. But why Rumeal? I'd put Rice higher than Robinson. And, if you surrounded Denard with the same kind of talent that Rumeal was surrounded by . . . we would have seen a lot more from Denard.
But beyond that, even prior to the shameless exploitation of his mother that put Rumeal into jail, I don't remember him ever being an ambassador for Michigan Basketball. I, for one, don't judge success just by championships.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Want to see "Love and Mercy"||
I want to take my wife to see "Love and Mercy" before it leaves the theaters.
Looking for a good audiobook to listen to while driving to the UP from Chicago in a week.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Monday - DuPage County||
Came Monday to Carol Stream, DuPage County, out of Chicago. Now just need the time to read it!
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Interesting question||
You know, I almost don't have any lamentable stuff. No RR, No Hoke, No Brandon. No bumblebee jersey, no jerseys, no nutsacks. (I can't comprehend the last. SMH in horror.)
My tastes run toward classic, timeless stuff, and so that's all I ever buy. I personally love my neon Michigan Adidas t-shirts (and before that, ancient Nike maize t-shirts,) my old Champion reverse weave sweatshirts, my block Michigan hats. They all still look good years later.
Realistically, the oddest or tackiest or strangest stuff didn't start until several years ago when MGoBlog starting throwing in a Tee with a $50 HTTV order. I wear the yellow photobomb Tee of Brian when I'm mowing the lawn or cleaning the gutters, etc. That shirt may be the ugliest shirt I own at all, let alone of Michigan stuff.
|3 weeks 13 hours ago||Take with a grain of salt||
I'm betting that if you had this reporter one on one over a beer, he'd much rather have Jim Harbaugh over Jed York. He's paid to write, and there will always be sour grapes when a winning coach leaves. Always.
Regarding clock management, I'll be watching that. We see all the gifs of JH going wild on the sidelines. Could this affect clock? We'll see.
Regarding offensive play calling, and whether JH is too conservative, I dunno. I think his conservatism did just fine. And I don't fault the calls.
Regarding JH cliches, I find that to probably be true, and to be amusing.
One overall comment on the board and how they respond to this thread. Ya know, there have been people here who loved RR. And people here who believed Hoke pooped gold. You know who you are. I myself stayed in Hoke's corner too long. Mea Culpa. Here's the thing. I'm delighted JH is Michigan's coach. But the adulation and deification has me SMH and rolling my eyes. Right now, Harbaugh can do no wrong. Soon enough, after a tough or bone-headed loss, the fickle crowd will turn. I guess that's the nature of fandom. Nonetheless, I for one think it is better to keep an even keel rather than getting too high or too low. JH isn't perfect. Neither was Bo. Nor Urban, or Saban, or Miles. But he is a good coach, and I'm looking forward to a long run, warts and all.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||Liked it!||
I loved that interview with BR. He was honest, and I liked his answers to boot. I guess I'm old enough that I also didn't have an opinion on several he didn't have an opinion on. And his answer regarding MJ Lebron and Kobe was awesome. They're all great.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||Yes||
Well, two out of three. Lane Tech in Chicago was good in football, as is Glenbard North where my kids go. My HS in the Detroit Metro area wasn't very good, and the high school has since been closed.
|5 weeks 5 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.
|5 weeks 22 hours ago||You're adorable||
and I added to your upvotes.
|5 weeks 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.
|5 weeks 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.
|5 weeks 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.
|5 weeks 5 days ago||oh brother||
Just read the thread titles, bud.
|6 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.
|6 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!
|6 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.
|6 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.
|6 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.
|6 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.
|6 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!
|6 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.
|6 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.
|7 weeks 8 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.")
|7 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.
|7 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.
|7 weeks 5 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.
|8 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.
|8 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.
|8 weeks 3 days ago||Here's another WINNER!||
Here's another uniform WINNER!!!