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|4 days 14 hours ago||So many meals in a lifetime||
Not in a restaurant: Mom's beef stew, Mom's spagetti with homemade meatballs, Dad's ribeye steaks of the grill or his burgers off the griddle, my late wife's german potato pancakes with polish sausage or her split pea soup with homemade rolls, and her "chicken buns" (clat pot roasted chicken with dill, tarragon and cream with julianed carrots and scallons baked in a light roll), talk about a perfect road food when you have miles to cover and don't want to stop for lunch.
Restaurant: Baby bay scallops in a white wine raisin cream sauce on Cape Cod. Duck breast and duck confit (Duck and Duck) in a light pesto sauce at Brrcco's in Boston, Ribeye at Smith and Wollensky's in Chicago, Beef cheeks at the Buffalo grill in Palo Alto and perhaps a dozen more.
And then there is true chinese food. A good friend of 3+ decades was a chef in China before he came here. If he's not busy he just makes me "something". Our deal is that he'll teach me about the cuisine of China by making it for me and I'll try anything he sends me.
And then there is sushi and sashimi a recently made friend just makes me sushi of his choosing. Going on 50+ meals with no repeats. Simply amazing. Also the best quality sashimi II've eaten, as good as anything on the west coast or anywhere.
Food is like wine. As your palette become more experienced your notion of "best" evolves.
All that said, if I could sit dowm to Mom's beef stew with fresh biscuits, I'd take that meal to any other.
|5 days 14 hours ago||So...||
I hope that Rashan works through his recruitment and in the end decides that attending Michigan is in his best interest. I truly do.
That said, I'm burned out on the whole recuiting thing. I find it absurd that high school students schedule television coverage for their non-binding "commitments". Back when dinosaurs roamed the earth, in late August the coach, Bo in my case, would introduce the new freshmen. So my view is this: I trust Harbaugh to recruit the guys he needs regardless of stars or hype. I'm not saying that stars don't matter, because the statistics clearly say they do. But stars can't indicate the set of talents required to complete a defense or offense. So I'll just trust Harbaugh to find a mix with whom he can win the games the team needs to win.
|6 days 16 hours ago||I'm so confused||
Back when dinosaurs roamed the earth I attended an accredited Michigan high school. I took classes appropriate for someone who planned to go to college. When I graduated I met all the various requirements to get into every college to which I applied (including three ivies). I was accepted to every school I applied to, but since Michigan was in the top three of anything I was interested in studying it was a financial no brainer once I was accepted there.
What the hell has happened to our high schools that a student with the intention of attending college can graduate with solid grades and not meet the minimum requirements to go anywhere? Seriously, what's going on? Wisconsin is a good school and all, but it is still a state institution. Something is broken.
|6 days 19 hours ago||Please do not take this comment as a negative to you||
Turning #2 into yet another marketing ploy solved nothing. When Woodson retires hopefully the University will retire his number. My God what does a player need to do here to be memorialized forever than what Woodson accomplished?
He deserves to join Michigan's greatest players.
|6 days 19 hours ago||Thank you Mr. Hackett||
I understand that many here don't fully appreciate what retiring a jersey number means to folks of my generation. For many of us unretiring those jerseys was an insult to the players, their families, and their history. The fact that in 130+ years of Michigan football only a handful of jerseys have been retired is a testimony to those men.
I, for one, am happy that they are being restored to theis placed of honor. They will continue to be truly honored long after I am gone as is thelr right and in the true tradition of Mighigan.
|1 week 3 days ago||Ignorance is very different than stupidity||
but if you'd really trade places with Ohio State then you are both. Wow a two fer.
|1 week 4 days ago||Assuming cheating did not occur in this case||
Then Brady has little motivation to accept any compromise that leaves him with even the appearance of cheating. His value in the marketplace is strongly tied to his image.
Suppose that Goodell goes with the notion that Brady is being punished for non-cooperation with the investigation and offers a two game suspension as a compromise. Brady would reasonably demand that Goodell acknowledge that the Wells report was flawed, that no one tampered with the footballs, and therefore no cheating occurred.
I can imagine Brady accepting such a compromise, his good name is upheld and he can easily afford the impact of not getting paid for two games. However I can't imagine Goodell making such an admission since it acknowledges that the NFL behaved like a lynch mob made up of incompetent buffoons.
My bet is that this ends up in court, and Brady prevails.
|1 week 5 days ago||Every fifth year player had to audition||
I would understand if Heitzman was required to audition and some other 5th year players were not, that he would feel "bummed out" In that case he could legitimately argue that he was valued less than some of his classmates. Mandatory auditions for all 5th years was simply part of the mechanism that Harbaugh decided to use this year to determine who to offer a 5th year scholarship.
Heitzman decided not to avail himself of the opportunity to participate in that process. That's his right. I wish him well.
Harbaugh mentioned on a couple of occasions that he did not use much film from previous seasons in assessing his players. So his primary vehicle to make that assessment is their performance in spring practice. It seems that he wanted to be sure that the 5th year players understood the weight that would be placed on their performance in the spring.
All that said, seniors contribute heavily to the leadership on the team. Were I a coach, I'd want those 5th years to be all drive and effort. I would not be surprised if one aspect of the formal "audition" was to measure the attitude of the player and perhaps how coachable they'd be under the new staff. Part of assessing if any given 5th player can climb the learing curve quickly enough to contribute in a single season in a new system. Can't know for sure but...
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Apologies Mr. Miggle||
I was lazy and addressed two things at once, only one of which was addressed to you the other more generally to the board at large. I know better and should have made separate comments. In responding to you I merely wanted to note that the deal was even better than you indicated.
The remainder of the comment was directed at the board at large.
Again - My apologies.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||While I realize that you're being sarcastic||
When I attended Michigan the overwhelming majority of students took as a simple matter of fact that MIchigan ran a clean program, and that "fact" was a source of great pride. A clean program was expected.
There was a great deal of strife on campus back then which brought a deep and abiding distrust on the part of many students toward the administration of the University. But one clear exception was the football program (and basketball, hockey, and other popular sports). Whether faculty or student, pretty much everyone set differences aside on Saturday to cheer for the team.
I wouldn't refer to it as a "moral high ground" because we didn't see it that way. An unclean program would tarnish an ideal that we all held dear. We understood that other program's might be dirty, but ours wasn't and we intended to ensure that it stayed that way forever.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||A false premise||
The assumption here is that winning and doing it the right way (which includes graduating players who are academically deserving of graduation) are somehow opposed. In my view this assumption is false. As I've said else where, I want Michigan to run an honorable program that allows students on a sports scholarship to pursue their academic goals, treats academic eligiblilty appropriately, and, under those constraints, pushes, trains, motivates, (pick your favorite terms) each athlete achieve the highest level of athletic performance they and their team can. I fully expect that achieving this will result in conference and national championships.
The pool of potential players who fit this model is smaller. We'll be competing for top athletes who have solid academic performance and strong character. By definition all the other top programs will want these students too. Great coaches pull in great athletes. As long as Michigan has great coaches the program will get enough of that limited group of athletes to win.
Cheating to out score oponents does not produce a "win". If that was the tradition and history of Michigan sports, I'd have no interest in it. None. Nada.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||I was a dog owner for the vast majority of my life||
Yes my dog humped my leg. Yes my dog humped my wife's leg. There is no way that I'd ever let my dog hump a chlid that young. Grab collar, toss away, adult picks up child, I explain in NO uncertain terms to the dog that is never going to happen again, to any child. So there is no confusion, "explanation" results with the dog on his back in pure submissive role. Period.
The dog probably weighed about as much as that child, who was knocked down, with the dog over him. Unacceptable. Dogs are great, perhaps the best non-human companions available to mankind, but the humans must set limits.
All the folks who think this is hilarious, consider what might happen if this dog is roaming around the neighborhood and does this to someone else's child. It would really suck to have your beloved family pet come home in a bag.
All the gag reel TV shows have made this crap popular, but in the real world there are consequences for not training your pets or socializing your children.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Multi-billion dollar companies take a long term view||
Historically few schools have performed over the long haul at Michigan's level. In football there have been a handful. Across all sports that get television (media) coverage even fewer. This is an eleven to fifteen year contract. Look at any 15 year segment of Michigan football throughout its history. Even during the darkest days there is no fifteen year period where Michigan did not excel at least for intervals. Even more important, whether Michigan is up or down in the short term, their apparel sells. For Nike this contract is a sure thing.
It may annoy our rival (we really only have one), it may annoy various other schools who would like to put a few years up as their new legacy, the simple truth is that soon, perhaps not this season or next, but soon, Michigan will return to the top of college football. In the meantime many other sports at MIchigan will continue to excel. While my personal focus is football, were I the person looking at this deal the other sports would matter a great deal as well.
There is an old adage about putting you money where your mouth is, Nike has done so. Further since this was the lowest offer, so did AU and Adidas.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Except it is not $80 million||
It's $12 million + $76.8 million + $25 million + 15% of sales over $166 million over 15 years. I'm not sure if the benchmark is annually over the 15 years. But for simplicity lets assume not. So the minimum is $113.8 million over 15 years plus $80.2 million in apparel at wholesale. If apparel sells well then this contract is worth more potentially much more.
I understand that there is a strong emotional reaction here to credit the hype over Harbaugh for the richness of this contract. Certainly that is a part of this valuation of MIchigan by Nike, but I suspect that it is a rather small part. This is an 11 - 15 year contract. To believe that Harbaugh is a major part of Nike's evaluation you must believe that they believe that Harbaugh will be here for at least the vast majority of the next 15 years. While nothing would please me more, it's hard to accept that Nike would tie up such a commitment because of any one individual.
Yes Harbaugh has dramtically changed the assessment of Michigan's immediate prospects, but Nike is NOT beating on any single individual, or any particular staff, Nike is betting on the long term performance of Michigan. If Harbaugh weren't here I strongly believe that Hackett would've negociated a comparable agreement. If you asked Harbaugh or Hackett I bet they'd agree.
I know that this phrase pisses off a significant percentage of the folks here, but this really is Michigan fergodssakes. Institutional greatness, build over more than a century, that is what Nike is buying. I feel privileged to have been a part of it long ago. I hope all of you do too.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Nope||
Once the LOI is signed that's it. The school must honor it, and the player can't switch. He can transfer the next season and sit out a year if someone will have him. Also all offers are immediately commitable, if a school offers a player he can sign that moment and bind both parties. There are no uncommitable offers.
Early signing must carry the same restrictions as signing on signing day. If you bind the school you bind the player.
|3 weeks 13 hours ago||Well if you have a spare million or two||
just laying around, I'd be happy to take if off your hands.
A million dollars is no longer FU money for most people, but it goes a long long long way to getting you there. If you happen on a million as a lump sum in your 20s and are smart enough to tuck it away in a reasonably managed account, you've funded your retirement pretty much no matter what.
If the deal is 12 million a year for 10 years, that's a million a month. You know what they say a million here, a million there, pretty soon you're talking real money.
|3 weeks 13 hours ago||Another demonstration||
of your seemingly unlimited talent for sarcasm. Well played sir.
|3 weeks 14 hours ago||Limiting myself only to players I've watched in my lifetime||
My initial reaction to the question was Rob Lytel, Rick Leach, Charles Woodson. In a single vision that allowed no order.
Then the names storm in: Anthony Carter, Desmond Howard, Chris Perry, Mike Hart, Denard, Jake Long, Mannigham, Avant, Henne, Gerbac, Tom Bradey, Bryan Griese, Steve Hutchinson, Tai Streets, Chris Howard, Glen Steele, Lamar Woodley, Larry Foote, Dufek, at this point Harbaugh... and at least couple of dozen more.
I've been following Michigan football since the early 60s. Fifty plus years, with out adjusting for the changes in the scholarship rules, that's more than 1400 players who've worn the maize and blue.
I can't really pick one and would be pressed to pick even a top five, although those first three would certainly make that cut. So many amaziing plays, plays made with the game in the balance. Plays made by men who exceeded any reasonable, or even unreasonable, expectation.
My hope is that my favorite player has yet to take the field and that more super human play waits in the wings of future Michigan football.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||So you are 34||
You were born in 1981. So I graduated from Michigan four years before you were born. Maize is not highlighter yellow. Some traditions matter more than others. I sang "The Yellow and Blue" in the University of Michigan Men's Glee Club for three and a half years.
"Yellow the field where ripens the grain And yellow the moon on the harvest wain" The yellow referred to here is the color of corn which is MAIZE.
I'm not a "get off my lawn" old fart. An old fart perhaps but any Michigan grad is welcome on my lawn. I'm just a guy was formed in many ways by the history, traditions, and standard of the University of MIchigan. Maize and Blue. Some things matter.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||While I value information about opponents||
I really can't find any motivation to care about the internals of their competitions. In Michigan's 12th regular season game they will face Ohio. Meyer will select his best available player to start at every position. At that point I'll care very much about their lineup, as I will about ours.
Think about last season. If anyone here in the off season correctly predicted who would be the QB in "the game" or in the playoffs, I don't remember it.
Braxton has to look out for himself and his career. I assume he believes that he is doing that. There are so many unknowns in the Michigan program at this point that anything from the outside is just noise.
If a potential starter on an opponent's team becomes ineligible or may become ineligible I care. Otherwise rosters at season's start are what is going to matter.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||Beer||
Getting ugly people laid for over 1000 years.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||My football hate is so vast it's beyond measure||
so I can only speak in generalities.
Every time I think I have reached my ultimate hatred for OSU, I find previously unknown reservoirs of utter burning hatred. Given this dynamic I have to put my OSU hatred at well over 100%.
ND: I despise Notre Dame with a deep passionate disgust for their continual special treatment by the press. Still compared to my hatred for OSU, ND falls short by half.
MSU: I never hated MSU, and I don't hate MSU today. I view their current win streak against Michigan as an anomaly that will soon right itself. I do hate Dantonio and the way he promotes thuggry on the football field. As long as he is their head coach I will hope they lose every game they play.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||As much as I love discussing various aspects of recruiting||
I just want to say - WELCOME Mr. Hawkins! Welcome to Michigan may your time here be the very very best 4 - 5 years of your life to that point.
Go Blue and welcome
|4 weeks 4 days ago||unbundling -- Not what folks expect||
Let us look at a poor parallel. Personalized cell phone packages sold as "only pay for what you need". What is amusing is that for 90% of people, the personalized custom package is as or more expensive.
Cable will work out exctly the same way. The cable companies don't charge you for what you don't want, they charge you for what you do want. The rest just comes along for the ride. Unbundling will not substatially reduce your cable bill. Even when the cable companies "unbundle" they will still be able to offer packages. You'll have choices like Netflix unbundled for $15 a month and a 14 channel package that includes Netflix for $15 a month.
Either way the cable companies have to make a profit and they will. When I added BTN it cost me $14.95 a month, and I got 10 other channels a couple of movie channels and a bunch os sports channels. Did I care? Not a bit because I was buying BTN which I'm certain would have cost me $14.95 no matter what.
|4 weeks 5 days ago||I listened to the interview at Bleacher||
In my opinion this was not nearly as bad as some here think. Cowherd asked some pretty lousy questions. Harbaugh did generally give minimalist answers.
It did get off on the wrong foot when Cowherd didn't greet Harbaugh, who then said hello. The "when are you at your least intense" question went flat. Clearly Harbaugh was not remotely interested in discussing that topic nor where it might lead. Harbaugh clearly misunderstood the "buy" question thinking that it referred to treating the BIg Ten as one might a bye week (or in other words taking a pass). That interpretation would not fit the context of the question in which Cowherd expressed his interest in Big Ten football and the improving quality to coaching and programs. So maybe Harbaugh was deliberately being uncooperative. Then Cowherd basically asked Harbaugh to "recruit him" to demonstrate how Harbaugh approaches recruiting. Harbaugh joked with him a bit about his eligibility and then didn't cooperate. Cowherd said something like I'm giving you the chance to sell MIchigan. Harbaugh apparently decided he didn't need to sell Michigan in that forum and didn't.
Better questions might have resulted in a more informative interview. For, whatever reason, Harbaugh chose to answer or not answer the questions as asked, and not engage in converstation around the topics suggested by the questions. He gave Cowherd zero help.
I'm disappointed that I didn't get a new tidbit about what Harbaugh is up to or how he sees the team's progress, but I really didn't expect him to say anything of substance. Other than that worrying about any fallout is mountain from molehill territory.
|4 weeks 5 days ago||On balance yeah we were pretty good for our size||
I went to a small high school on the western side of the state. The class ahead of mine graduated 144 senors and was the largest class in school history and for at least another decade. My graduating class was 114. The head coaching job was a part time job for a teacher and typically changed every three to five years. We usually won our conference every third year. After the season ended we had an out of conference grudge match against the next town over who was one division below us so didn't count. In a weird way it was a bit like Michigan vs OSU. We could go undefeated in conference and win the conference champoinship, but if we lost that last game most of the "adults" in town considered it a losing season. Actually happened my senior year. In retrospect I suppose it had to do with town bragging rights between the adults.
As far as I know my high school never sent a football player on scholarship to a div-1 college program so the quality of competition was far from top tier, but within our conference we were pretty good.
I went and checked on their recent record before commenting and found that they won five conference championships between 2000 - 2010 but none since. So they must have fallen on tough times.
|5 weeks 13 hours ago||I'm generally not one for such promotions||
but sure! Get it orgainized and I'll contribute. He's done far more than I could have hoped for, and deserves recognition.
|5 weeks 13 hours ago||Too Damn Soon||
Have read the various sources on Mr. Manuel, he seems a solid AD candidate. The problem is that it's to soon for yet another transition. JESUS!!!! How about we let Harbaugh and the rest of the coaches get a 20 months under their belts before we churn the athletic department again. PLEASE
If Mr Hackett has some family or personal issue that forces this, I say okay and thank you. Any other scenario I say please Mr. Hackett give things another year. You've done an exemplary job. Hell beyond exemplary! I'm tempted to say that you've established a new bar for a Michigan AD.
Obviously you have better data and insight, but we all know that transitions are destabilizing. Please give your and our school another year.
|5 weeks 4 days ago||Admittedly my reading skills deteriorate with age||
but I couldn't find your numerical rating. Sorry if I missed it, but I find that representation of your opinion very illuminating. Either here or there what numerical ratin would you give Ron?
More importantly welcome to Michigan Mr. Johnson!
|5 weeks 5 days ago||Welcome to Michigan Mr. Hamilton||
May this be the best decision of your life to this point. I look forward to seeing on the field.