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|7 weeks 3 days ago||Henson has an NFL start, too,||
Henson has an NFL start, too, and driesbach played some preseason games for Oakland.
|7 weeks 3 days ago||So more reps than any UofM QB||
So more reps than any UofM QB in the last 20 years... Except for Brady...and Henne... And Griese... And as we are talking talent eval and recruiting, you might add Gutierrez and mallet?
|8 weeks 2 days ago||West Wing was a brilliant||
West Wing was a brilliant show, and in my opinion the best ever - hands down.
|20 weeks 3 days ago||That fact aside, this type of||
That fact aside, this type of thing is really nothing new. While I applaud the students at universities like Michigan for trying to be aware of real world problems, they have always tended to go a little overboard. I was there in the late 90's, and had several instances of protests busting into classes, open forums where the speakers were shouted down by chants instead of engaged in conversation, etc. I used to laugh at the similarities to the movie PCU every time I saw a young woman in a bandana screaming at me about the struggles of some third world nation while attending an elite university (most likely) thanks to her parent's corporate job or family money.
|21 weeks 2 days ago||For some reason I always||
For some reason I always remember some kid on their team that the announcers kept calling "the human bruise" who spent the hole game diving around for loose balls. (or maybe he didn't, but in my memory that entire game was a highlight reel of threes and that kid diving into the stands and sliding around on his belly).
|22 weeks 2 days ago||I was planning on perfecting||
I was planning on perfecting it, but ended up working on a crossword puzzle instead.
|26 weeks 5 days ago||see below||
|26 weeks 5 days ago||My son running into my garage||
My son running into my garage is not a crime. Your son running into my garage is a crime. I would not call the police for the non crime of my son damaging my garage, I would call the police for the crime of your son damaging my garage. Also, did I miss the part of the story where one of the kids trashing the place was the son of the owner?
|26 weeks 5 days ago||So if you and your buddies||
So if you and your buddies showed up at Treetops tomorrow and your room had all of the cabinets smashed, the walls had holes in them and the ceiling was ripped down you would just go about unpacking and starting your vacation, or would you immediately call the front desk to bitch and get another room? Who do you think is using these rooms while they are being repaired? How do you not think this is costing them business? How have you survived this long in our society believing that you can just pay to "make it whole" and move on from any incident that does not result in bodily harm?
|26 weeks 5 days ago||If I came home and YOUR drunk||
If I came home and YOUR drunk kid had run his car into my house I would most certainly call the cops. You could show up with your checkbook if you like, but you, I , and your son would all be waiting for the police.
|26 weeks 5 days ago||I should have moved on a half||
I should have moved on a half hour ago, but I feel somehow compelled to convince him he's being an idiot. I feel like I just met an 18 year old who still believes in Santa and it is somehow my moral obligation to tell him the truth. I have a problem.
|26 weeks 5 days ago||Take a closer look at the||
Take a closer look at the pictures. First of all, there is a lot more damage than the hallway ceiling tiles, and even if there wasn't, there is probably a weeks worth of cleanup and repair there alone. There was also smashed cabinets and furniture, holes in walls, etc. and that is only what has been shown. There is weeks of downtime and tens of thousands of dollars in labor involved.
|26 weeks 5 days ago||Wow, what bubble do you live||
Wow, what bubble do you live in? I realize that these kids are very unlikely to have any serious criminal consequences, but you realize that their actions were criminal in nature and that they could face prosecution, right?
|26 weeks 5 days ago||Good call. We should||
Good call. We should definitely get our views of civil society from an Al Pacino movie.
|26 weeks 5 days ago||You sure they couldn't just||
You sure they couldn't just get their parents to pay for the panties and write it off as "boys being boys?"
|26 weeks 5 days ago||I went to school with lots of||
I went to school with lots of kids who came from ridiculously wealthy families and I was neither jaded nor bitter towards any of them for that reason. I am pissy, however, towards destructive little punks tarnishing the image of Michigan.
|26 weeks 5 days ago||That was a serious crime, and||
That was a serious crime, and acting like simply paying for the damages makes everything OK is why people have that "stupid rich kid" opinion of fraternities in the first place. If you have seen the pictures that is well beyond breaking a lampshade while having a few drinks. It was willful and disrespectful destruction of a facility and personally I have a huge problem with college age kids being that arrogant and selfish and thinking throwing money at it is going to make it go away. MSU expelled students after the Cedar Village destuction and I think UofM should consider that here.
|28 weeks 5 days ago||I understand the fear about||
I understand the fear about the returning QB's, but I think that too many people in our fanbase have become numb to the horror that is starting a true freshman QB. Even an elite caliber talent will struggle at times in that scenario. At a best case scenario you are looking at a freshman Henne type who looked like a deer in headlights in several losses that season. I am not ready to write off next season as a step to the future, so I would rather roll the dice on a kid with a year or two of college experience.
|34 weeks 6 days ago||Definitely puts life in||
Definitely puts life in perspective. There are worse things than football losses, and better things than football wins.
|40 weeks 6 days ago||"I know, I know. You're||
"I know, I know. You're probably wondering "what radical new direction will this knight errant take the hallowed Spartan program?" Well, let me tell you: every year Michigan State will jump out to a fast start by beating a bunch of awful nonconference teams. When they play at Notre Dame, they will win. Everyone will get all hyped up for the Michigan game, which they will lose. On the off chance they do not lose, they will arrange to lose to Indiana or Northwestern or some such team to restore the cosmic balance. After the Michigan game they will collapse wholesale. Sometimes they will go to a bowl in Detroit. Other times they will stay home and cry softly into their BEET MICHIGAN cardigans. They will never, ever go to the Rose Bowl, and every year MGoBlog will start its Michigan State preview the same way.
Holy cow. He was right, just had the wrong team.
|40 weeks 6 days ago||They lost to UofM in those||
They lost to UofM in those years, though, so they are probably bad examples.
|40 weeks 6 days ago||That 1990 team that beat #1||
That 1990 team that beat #1 Michigan was 2-3-1 in their first 6 games (and that includes the win versus UofM)
|40 weeks 6 days ago||This wasn't meant to be a||
This wasn't meant to be a prediction post. I meant it more to point out how often the rankings can be thrown out in rivalry games.
On the homer note, though, I never understood why people think it is some badge of honor to be a realist in sports. Being a fan of an athletic team is all about being a homer. You watch the news to be a realist... watch sports to root for your team. I always assume we are going to win until we don't. If I assume we are going to lose I should find something else to do with my time. If you want to be that guy in the corner with your arms crossed claiming you knew that we were goign to lose I suggest you take your ball and go home. That is off topic, though.
|50 weeks 2 days ago||Having played QB (only in||
Having played QB (only in H.S.) I can attest that having a struggling O line is a very difficult mental hurdle as well as physical hurdle. Even on plays where the line doesn't allow pressure, your internal clock and mechanics are already impaired by the relelntless beating you have taken on previous plays. My question with Gardner is will he be forever lacking that confidence and security ( a la David Carr, Ken O'Brien, Jeff George, Tim Couch - who all found themselves in the top 15 of the all time sacked in a season list before they were 25 years old), or will he be able to forget last year and start fresh. The difference between standing calmly in the pocket and stepping smoothly into a throw, and dropping back 60% sure someone is one step away from knocking your head off are two hugely different things. Statisticians count sacks and hurries, incompletions and completions, but it is hard to quantify that additional factor.
I think he performed admirably last year under tough circumstances, but it might be tougher than people realize to recover completely.
|1 year 7 weeks ago||Mark's brother?||
|1 year 11 weeks ago||You can catch a minute of one||
You can catch a minute of one of his lectures in "answer this!" by the way.
|1 year 11 weeks ago||The works of Primo Levi with||
The works of Primo Levi with Ralph Williams. That guy is what I always thought a college professor should be.
|1 year 18 weeks ago||The issue I take with the||
The issue I take with the term is that is somehow implies that everyone who cheers for MSU is an alum which is ridiculous. Having spent a few evenings passed out on some filthy couch in a cedar village apartment does not make you an alumni.
|1 year 22 weeks ago||It isn't good enough to just||
It isn't good enough to just be there, though. Get something done while you are there. Make it worth it. Remind yourself how many kids would kill to be in you shoes and take advantae of your opportunity. Not just to get the degree, but experience the culture of campus, volunteer doing something worthy (I volunteered at Project SAFEhouse, the UofM emergency room, with a program at local elementary schools, etc. and probably got more out of that than anything I learned in a classroom), go to lectures and speeches, and make sure you leave in 4-5 years a better person than you are now. That is the trick.
|1 year 22 weeks ago||Sean Higgins putback sticks||
Sean Higgins putback sticks in my mind. It is easy to look back on great runs like last year and 89 and forget that it takes a lot of little miracles to reach that level.