"The face of the operation is Briatore (referred to exclusively in the film by his colleagues and angry, chanting detractors as "Flavio"), an anthropomorphic radish who spends most of his time at QPR plotting to fire all of the managers."
|1 week 4 days ago||March 14, 1998||
At a bar in Philly on Saturday night around 10pm. Michigan had won their opening round game in the NCAA tournament the day before. After about 2 hours of trying, I convinced my girlfriend to drive with me (in her car) from Philly to Atlanta to catch Michigan's second round game against UCLA. We left Philly around midnight, drove through the night to Atlanta. got there around 1:30pm. Scalped upper deck tickets to the two games at the Georgia Dome. First game was Kentucky vs. St. Louis. Game ends, Kentucky flans are flooding out of the place. We run to the lower level concourse, convince an older UK couple to give us their lower deck ticket stubs. Seats end up being 7 rows from the floor even with the three point line. Ashley Judd was two rows directly in front of us. Awesome seats. Game ended around 7:30, we left and were back in Philly around 6am Monday morning. I showered and went straight to work. Ride home was rough after the loss, but still a great memory of times when I had no one to worry about except me.
|13 weeks 4 days ago||Two from my 80's childhood||
1) Tahitian Treat - http://www.amazon.com/TAHITIAN-TREAT-SODA-12-pks/dp/B0002IMRTC
2) Jolt Cola - All the sugar, twice the caffeine. (or something like that)
We always had Tahitian Treat in the basement fridge. It's so sweet that I don't know that I could drink it now, but man I loved that stuff.
|18 weeks 5 days ago||Bauer||
Nike did ruin Bauer for a while in the early 2000's. However, Bauer was carved out of Nike by a private equity firm in 2008 and things really turned around after that. To Nike's credit, they had actually started the turnaround before the sale, but to make consumers believe it, you had to get the swoosh off the product. The Bauer brand in the hockey community had huge value, but when combined with Nike, it lost a lot of credibility. The PE firm that bought Bauer added a few additional sports brands to the copmany, including Easton's baseball division and Maverik lacrosse. The Company is now public and trades on the Toronto Stock Exchange. I worked on the transaction to carve Bauer out from Nike and toured a few of their mfg and testing facilities. I was surprised by the level of sophistication that went into designing, testing, and manufacturing all of their products. For a while after the carve-out, Bauer focuesed exclusively on serious hockey players. They got rid of rollerblades and low-end Sports Authority type skates and sold primarily through the specialty dealers (brick and mortar and online). They've since added the Nexus product line which is at a lower price point, but their primary focus remains the kid/adult that plays hockey multiple times a week, not the parent that skates 2x per year.
I'm not 100% sure about this, but I believe Nike's only hockey gear these days are uniforms. Nike has gotten out of the hockey equipment business,
|30 weeks 1 day ago||Isn't transfer is a bit of a misnomer for Hogan?||
I don't know much about Hogan, but I got the impression he would have already graduated from Stanford, so he'd be coming in as a grad student. If I'm right about this, wouldn't that be a much easier situation to deal with from the admissions side?
|44 weeks 1 day ago||Kids||
I have a son who just turned 5 a few days ago. Nothing in this world matters more to me than him. I know I'm far from impartial, but little boys of this age are incredible. They're a perfect combination of starting to understand things in the world but stlll innocent. Trying to be independent, but will still give you a hug out of the blue. I can't imagine what it's like for his family - just heartbreaking. I wish them all the best in this tough time.
The juxtaposition of the huge football players with little kids always gives me a sense of security. Like the big guys can somehow make things better. I hope Chad took some comfort from their visit.
|47 weeks 6 days ago||Dierdorf and Brandstatter||
I was driving across the state during the game and got to listen to most of the game on the radio. I never really liked Dierdorf when he was doing NFL games. However, I thought he did a pretty good job today. It seemed like he was very comfortable being a homer with perhaps a little more freedom to speak his mind than he had during NFL games There were a few times when the game was pretty much out of reach that the banter got a little too cute. All in all, I think their debut was solid.
|1 year 8 weeks ago||Golf analogy||
Michigan football games used to be the Masters. A gratifying in-person experience that was truly unique.
Over the last handful of years, it's become random tournament in the middle of July that has a different sponsor every four years.
I've been to the Masters once and walked out of there feeling like the #1 goal the organizers had was to make it a special experience for their patrons. Clearly, they are monetizing the event with the TV deal and the handful of corporate sponsorships. However, every interaction you have as a paying customer is one of them trying to provide you with good value, not extract every last dollar. I very clearly remember being pleasantly surprised by this on more than one occasion.
The fact that the Masters is different is what makes it a great in-person event. Michigan football is now like most other sporting events I can attend. That being said, the band is still awesome and I give them credit for keeping some of the pageantry of game day afternoons alive.
|1 year 12 weeks ago||McQuaid||
I thought I was the only McQuaid alum on here, but guess not.
For those not from Rochester, Mercy is the same school the produced Abby Wambach. They're known for having a solid athletic program.
|1 year 26 weeks ago||Lamborghini||
Is this the movie where at the end they need to drive to a college to submit an application in time? However, they get stuck behind a slow moving police car on a two lane road which is going to cause them to be late. The guy driving then does an SAT-like problem in his head to realize that if he slows down even more, the guy driving the Lambo behind him will get impatient, try to pass, get pulled over by the cop thus allowing them to speed up and get to the college on time.
If that is the movie, I think about that scene way too often. If not, carry-on...
|1 year 37 weeks ago||Completely agree||
That is the most nervous I remember ever being watching a sporting event. I still get nervous watching replays of the game.
I used to play in a few rec basketball leagues and every now and then would be in a position where I needed to hit a free throw to ice the game/push into overtime/etc. In those instances that had absolutely zero importance, I was happy when I hit the rim. I can't imagine having the national title on the line. Completely clutch.
His post-basketball life has been the opposite of clutch.
|1 year 44 weeks ago||Son's B-Day Party||
Scheduled for prime college football viewing time (1:30-3:30 central) at a venue that doesn't have TVs. My wife was willing to push the party to the bye weekend. I feel a little bad for the other dads that are fans of other schools, but not that bad.
|1 year 45 weeks ago||Shout!||
I was genuinely surprised to hear (while watching on TV) that they were playing Shout! before the final play (I think I have my timing correct). I am coming to grips with the fact that the majority of sports fans around the country need to have their eardrums blasted to be entertained, but this really seemed like an inappropriate time for a participation song like that. Does the PA operator just stick to a predetermined playlist/schedule, situation be damned. It was like they had assumed the game in Q4 would be out of hand and they needed to play a bad wedding song to liven up the place. Given the circumstances, the music choice seemed really off.
|1 year 47 weeks ago||"That kid is unbelievable"||
Maybe I'm reading too much into it, but...
The tone in Moeller's voice was one of true appreciation. It sounded a lot like how I will quietly comment to my wife on something my son does that surprises me. It includes love, being pleasantly surprised, and appreciation that this person is in your life. It really shows the coach/player connection that we on the outside can't turly appreciate.
I have always loved this play for a variety of obvious reasons, but that audio clip just made it that more special to me.
|1 year 49 weeks ago||Musical chairs||
The lead-in discussion regarding the formations is a slap-in-the-face reminder of the crazy adjustments the players and coaching staff had to endure last year. Our starting quarterback finished the season as our starting running back. Starting WR finished as starting QB. Starting RB finished on the sideline in a cast (thank you Don McLean). The fact that we were even competitive in the bowl game is kind of amazing and a testament to all involved.
|2 years 10 weeks ago||Hoke Hair||
All I see in that picture is Mitch McGary Sr. Or is Mitch Brady Jr.?
|2 years 18 weeks ago||Jerryworld||
I took a tour of Jerryworld last year. As part of the tour, you have the opportunity to go down on the field and throw a football around (for as long as you want, it's actually pretty awesome). We were there during the day and played catch for a solid hour and I was shocked at how difficult it was to pick up a thrown ball when looking back at the windows at either end of the stadium. Also, the place is so large that you get a very disoriented feeling anytime you look up or into the distance, particularly while running. It's an amazing place that is simply huge. However, from my very limited experience it seems like an awful place to play (or watch) a basketball game and I wouldn't be surprised to see both teams struggle.
I'd be curious to see if the various shooting stats at Jerryworld are any different than at other domes.
|3 years 9 weeks ago||Fairport||
I grew up in Fairport went to McQ, parents taught (mom still does) at RIT. Attended many hockey games at RIT growing up including their D-III national championship run in 1984-85(?). The fans were awesome back then - student section was called the Corner Crew and they taught me most of the swear words and a few other concepts I didn't understand at the time.
|3 years 12 weeks ago||In Chicago...||
you see Big Ten flags hanging from apartments all over the place. Two years ago after they had beaten us, there was an MSU flag hanging with the "S" backwards. It helped ease the pain a tiny bit.
|3 years 14 weeks ago||Be honest with yourself||
Are you the kind of person who will do whatever it takes to get to your desired goal? If not, go to the name school (assuming Temple will open doors). The prestige will buy you access you won't get from other places. If you're truly ambitious, save the money and trust that you won't quit until you get to where you want.
I'm in a field with tons of MBAs. The majority are from top 10 schools, but I come across a number guys who don't have an MBA and went to random midwest directional school and are incredibly successful. They opened doors for themselves through hard work and determination. The rest of us worked hard, but at some level, the name on our diploma helped grease the skids.
|3 years 25 weeks ago||My two favorite||
are getting Drew Hensen's autograph (for my sister, I swear) and taking a picture with LaVell Blanchard after his senior season and thanking him for sticking through all the tough times. (I had to look up how to spell LaVell and the first google link brought me back to mgoblog)
|4 years 9 weeks ago||Chicago||
I don't know a ton about lacrosse, but I do know that it has gotten significantly more poplular in the Chicago area over the last few years. A number of my co-workers have kids who have picked up the game at the HS and club levels and it sounds like the numbers in the youth programs are increasing each year. It would seem that the addition of Michigan to the national scene will help spur futher growth of the sport in the midwest and we should be able to get a (near) first mover advantage when it comes to snagging these kids with increasing skill levels.
|4 years 20 weeks ago||This is exactly what popped into my mind||
I think the picture is of a 1984 Regal GN. My family bought a 1984 Buick LeSabre and there was one of these in the showroom at the time. I tried to get my Dad to buy it, but it's not much of a family car. This thing was pretty expensive in its day, but it hauled a**. More rare is the LeSabre Grand National. I didn't even know this existed until I saw one at a car show a few years ago. The Regal is a better looking car.
|4 years 21 weeks ago||Other sports||
Baesd on my limited research, it seems like roughly 25%-35% of teams in other D-1 sports get to play in an NCAA playoff. If you make the analogy that bowl games are like the playoffs for D-1 football, it seems reasonable to think that this percentage should be generally consistent for FBS football. In 2010, 70 of 120 teams played in a bowl game, or 58%. If you ratchet that back to the 35% level, you would end up with 42 teams playing in 21 bowl games, elminating 14 bowls.
I don't think may fans would miss 14 bowls and the players would have the same oportunity as their colleagues in other sports to participate in a post season.
|4 years 21 weeks ago||Investment Banking||
I'm a 2003 Ross grad who applied for the class of 2002, was rejected, reapplied for class of 2003, was waitlisted, and then finally got in off the waitlist. My GMAT scores and undergrad GPA were more than adequate, but my 5 years of work experience was only ok at best. I did not follow the advice below, but if I had it to do all over again, I would.
There are all sorts of paths into business school, but the one that I think guarantees the highest likelihood of success is to spend a 2-3 years as an analyst at an investment bank. It's a tough life right out of undergrad but you actually learn a ton (from my experiences of interacting with others) and become very marketable to many different types of employers when walking out of business school. Further, most banking analysts end up at b-school at Harvard, MIT, Wharton, Columbia, etc. with not nearly as many heading to Ann Arbor. Ross continues to seek to up its reputation with Wall St. and one way of doing that is attracting the analysts that will someday be the MD's making hiring decisioins. Having that banking pedigree on your application will be a big asset as you compete with others for a spot in the class. It doesn't matter if you don't want to pursue a long term career in banking, just get in, get the experience and name on the resume, and get out.
Also, in your essays, make it very clear how having an MBA will help you meet your career goals. The admissions committee wants to know that you're not just looking for a place to spend a few years and instead this degree is part of a larger plan that you have and the MBA is a critical component of that.
|4 years 24 weeks ago||Upstate NY cheers?||
I grew up going to games at RIT in the early 80's and the students there belted out many of the same cheers back then. I have no idea if they stole them from Cornell, came up with them on their own, or they came from yet another school in the region. When I went to my first game at Yost in 2001-2002, I was surprised to recognize so many of the cheers - now I kind of know why.
|4 years 28 weeks ago||Passion and recruiting||
The love for the school and the program that BH showed yesterday was important. If he gets that excited and emotional talking to a room full of reporters hidden behind cameras, I have to imagine that he has the ability to be fairly compelling in a family room with a recruit and his parents. I'm certainly not a salesman, but I have to do my share of convincing of others in my job. I know that I am much more successful in convincing others when my heart is in what I'm pitching. RR grew to embrace Michigan and our traditions and busted his ass (as far as i can tell) to give us his best, but it isn't the same as what BH presented. What I took away from BH yesterday, was an enthusiasm that has the potential to be infectious with all constituents. Assuming it is well received by recruits, it could be a pivotal component of his ultimate success, Obviously, that's a big if, but I think it is shortsighted to simply dismiss what we saw yesterday as just good PR.
|4 years 40 weeks ago||Don't follow my lead||
I went into the MBA application/interview process completely unprepared thinking GMAT and grades were all that mattered. I thought I was a shoe-in based on the quantitative items plus being a legacy of two Michigan MBA parents. At the time I was applying, the only reason I wanted an MBA was so I could get a good job at the back end. I wanted to go to Michigan because I loved visiting Ann Arbor growing up, loved Michigan sports and knew the school was a top program. In my interview, I was caught off guard by the depth of the questions around why an MBA and why Michigan. Looking back on it now, I was a moron. My only excuse is it was 1999 and there was still asymmetry of information in the world and I was on the side that didn't have all the info.
I ended up getting turned down the first year I applied and was crushed. The following year, I reapplied with a few new essays and no new interview and was waitlisted. It wasn't until I rewrote one of my essays that created a compelling and detailed argument as to why an MBA would help me achieve my goals and why Michigan was the right place. That finally got me in. My 2 years in b-school were far and away the most fun 2 years of my life.
The point being, show the interviewer a path that you'd like to take and be sure to include why a Michigan MBA will help you reach your goal. Good luck.
|5 years 16 weeks ago||RIT||
My guess is that I'm the only mgoblog reader who grew up going to RIT hockey games in the 1980's. My father left a position at UofM to join the faculty at RIT in the mid-1970s. He's now retired, but my mother still teaches there. Aside from Triple A baseball, RIT hockey was the best thing going in town. They were D-III back then and had a few seasons where they were completely dominant and won at least one NC, maybe two. I don't follow them at all now, but was excited to see them in the tournament and shocked to see them make the frozen four. As one poster noted, I thought they looked much slower than their competition.
I know the experience at Yost is something very special, but I swear that RIT's home rink (Ritter Memorial Ice Arena) has an equally impressive environment. The physical building is pretty ugly, but the fans are awesome. It holds around 2,000 people and can be deafening at times. I learned a lot about hockey going to those games and wouldn't trade the experience for anything. It was the best $4 you could spend.
RIT's win to get to the Frozen Four was labeled by the Rochester paper as the single biggest win in Rochester collegiate sports history. RIT hockey is the only D-I program in the city and the rest of the school's sports are all D-III.
It's too bad that the run had to end and I would be surprised to see them back next year, but it was fun to root for a familiar underdog. Not sure why I wrote all this other than I'm not sure when I'll be able to combine Michigan and RIT again.
|5 years 35 weeks ago||Is it ok for me to feel bad for Weis?||
I actually feel a pang of sorrow for Weis. Here's a guy who loves ND and loves ND football. This was obviously a dream job for him. I understand that he was compensated very well for his troubles and this comes with the coaching territory. However, on a human level, I keep coming back to feeling bad for the guy.
|5 years 36 weeks ago||shouldn't be an issue||
To put it in perspective, I've never given walking around with a beer a second thought. I think a prior poster said it best, don't be "that guy" who draws attention to himself, stumbles in traffic, screams at people, throws beers, etc. Have one for me as I'm missing my first home OSU game in a while.
|5 years 38 weeks ago||Redshit||
IMO, a redshirt for Gardner would be ideal but may not be realistic. RR has been emphatic that Robinson is a QB, but isn't that being driven by the fact that after Tate, the QB cupborad is pretty bare? If Gardner proves to be a solid option as a freshman, doesn't it make sense to have Tate start with Gardner as a back up and then move Robinson to a skill position? Robinson has proven that he has crazy speed but he may not be QB material at this level.
Actually, if you're playing this game, you could come up with a scenario whereby Tate ends up as the odd man out. If Gardner is as good as billed, he could win the starting position with Tate as a back up.
Can Robinson catch punts??
|5 years 41 weeks ago||Tacopants is my favorite||
but ThreetSheridammit captured the true essence of a specific situation better than any other word - ever.
GERG makes me laugh everytime. Although, I actually missed the origin of that one, so I'm a little out of the loop and feel like Michael Scott fake-checking e-mail on his cell phone in front of the Stamford office gang.
|5 years 41 weeks ago||Northwestern 2006||
That's as cold as I have ever been for a game. Wet, windy, and miserable. We had four tickets, 2 per married couple. The 2 wives said NFW and went to a bar. The other guy and me enjoyed the extra space on the bleachers, but by the second half we were sharing a single plastic tarp to avoid hypothermia. Good times!
|5 years 44 weeks ago||Away games - my experiences||
NU - I like the experience. More laid back, but easy parking, nice environment, usually plenty of room in the stadium, solid chance for a W every time.
Wisc - Tough to get tickets on game day, no real tailgating with of a more bar scene. Also, hotel locations can make logistics a little more challenging. Wisc marching band makes appearances at various bars pre game. Stadium is loud with a good student section. Post game in town is fun.
OSU - I was there once (2002, OSU NC season) and vowed never to go back. Tailgating not friendly, fans not friendly, generally less than fun experience. For 1 hour after the game, I was actually glad we lost as I would have been concerned about my safey. I had one beer poured over my head, a few other personal space violations and I'm not a taunter, by any stretch. Stadium is crazy loud and very intimidating. I was very low in the endzone section and it felt like the upper deck was going to crash down on top of us. I wished our stadium was that intimidating.
PSU - great tailgating as everyone is in one HUGE field outside the stadium. Closest to emulating the golf course, but much less pictuesque than Ann Arbor. Stadium is very impressive and loud. Fans were generally nice and post game in town was pretty fun.
Purdue - decent tailgating field, suprisingly nice campus. Stadium is good for watching games, but all the damn train themed cheers from the student section get very old, very fast...especially when you lose on a hitch and lateral.
Metrodome - not relevant anymore, but that was as sterile as sterile can be. It was very loud even though it was 3/4 full. I can't wait to see the new stadium. I'm guessing it will be a good environment, unless the game is in November. Then it will just be cold.
ND - Always have had a good time. It's how a rivalry should be. We don't really like them, but we will respect them and it's reciprocated. Tailgating is fun and it's always nice to remind people that ND stadium was designed after the big house after Michigan taught ND how to play football.
Indiana, MSU, Iowa, and Illinois are left to visit. Iowa and Illinois lined up perfectly this year, but new baby in next few weeks is making that highly unlikely.
|5 years 44 weeks ago||Actually, it's the purple line that gets you to Evanston||
Living in Chicago, I love the UM/NU games in Evanston. Like Brian said, if you went to Michigan, you must have some friends who live here. For the last 3 games at NU, we have parked in the lot near the NU swimming pool, it's right next to Lake Michigan. It is a bit of a walk to the stadium, but it's not too bad. The plusses include:
1. It's free with no parking tyrants pointing you to spots. First come, first served, set up however you please.
|5 years 45 weeks ago||I think it's fair||
to express some concern about Cissoko. We have seen numerous examples in Michigan history how poor play in the secondary has had a key part in us losing games. In my opinion, Cissoko has been the weak spot in that secondary, getting beat on numerous occasions in this short season. Piling on that concern is the celebrating when he was clearly been beat. I don't understand how that can't bug people, but maybe I'm the anal one.
|5 years 45 weeks ago||Adjustments||
For the second week in a row, the team went in at the half really struggling on defense. RRod and Gerg made the necessary adjustments in the locker room and the team played much better in the second half. Not only are they able to make the technical adjustments to their schemes, but the players are so well coached that they are able to implement the changes. That's the part that impresses me the most.
|5 years 45 weeks ago||Love the profile picture||
I had a pair of those in the 80's and wore them with my red and white CYO basketball uniform. Looked ridiculous, but I loved them. I think they're still in my parent's basement.
|5 years 45 weeks ago||I hear ya||
You make a good point on better to have him over confident than sulking. It's just a huge a pet peeve of mine when guys celebrate good plays that they actually didn't make. It means they either 1) have no idea of reality or 2) they're supremely confident in themselves. For everyone's sake, I hope it's #2 in this instance.
|5 years 45 weeks ago||Cissoko strutting||
Cissoko's -10 further justifies me yelling at the TV everytime he would cross his arms and do some sort of I Dream of Jeanie pose after an incomplete pass in his direction. There were at least 3 instances when he was flat out beat but a poorly thrown ball led to an incompletion, yet he still struck the pose. I don't mind player celebrations, but for god's sake, use some commons sense when flaunting your talents. Because Jimmah threw off his backfoot to Catholic Tacopants doesn't mean you're the baddest CB in the stadium.
As a previous poster mentioned, a positive spin is that he remained aggressive in a tough situation. My take is he has no self awareness and vastly overestimates his abilities. I hope I'm wrong.
|5 years 45 weeks ago||Maybe this was exclusive||
I think this still shot may actually be from WNDU's camera and not from ABC. I'm sure they sent a cameraman and reporter to the game given the excitement level leading up to Satruday. It makes sense that they would be standing on the ND sideline and this could very well be an exclusive.
I know very little about video and hopefully someone can add more detail, but isn't there a frame rate for video - something like 60 frames every second? Is it possible that the ABC feed and WNDU feeds were essentially a half cycle off from each other? The WNDU screen shot makes it clear that Allen stepped out, and perhaps the ABC video captures his foot the instants before and after he steps out, but the split second his heel touched the sideline wasn't captured. I have no idea if this is plausible, but seems like a possible explanation for the differences between the ABC and WNDU shots.
Another theory on which I know absolutely nothing - is there a difference between HD and the shoulder held Beta cameras that TV stations use? Could that explain the differences in the stills?
|5 years 45 weeks ago||Secondary video feeds?||
There have been a few comments, including Brian's, that there are secondary video feeds available to the replay refs beyond what is being broadcast by the network. Does anyone know anything further about this? I had been under the impression that the replay guys were working with what the network supplied. Is there a separate camera crew for the replay system that is used in addition to the network crew? Is this separate feed tied in with the video for the scoreboards?
|5 years 46 weeks ago||It's all about the money!||
I had a significant level of distrust for Madigan before I knew he was from ND. Now, that distrust is through the roof! For those of you outside of IL, in addition to these damn ND plates, Madigan has also used his power to get his daughter the IL Attorney General post.
As for getting U-M plates in IL, it's my opinion that you have missed the point that will be most influential with lawmakers - free money. These plates are all about raising extra revenue dollars at a minimal cost and effort. I have to imagine that outside of SE Michigan, the Chicago region likely has the highest concentration of Michigan alums in the world and must be fairly even in numbers with ND alum if not greater. One of my favorite parts of living in Chicago is the fact that the city is a Big 10 melting pot. I see a minimum of 4 or 5 different B10 t-shirts at the grocery store on Saturday mornings in the fall, not to mention the. It would seem like a no brainer for the state to include U-M, MSU, Wisconsin, Iowa, Indiana, Purdue (all contiguous if you include the lake boundaries) and generate what is essentially free money. The only thing likely preventing this would be some sort of silly midwestern xenophobia.
To shoot down my own argument, I wonder how much money these things actually bring in each year - it can't be much. Maybe this really is a perfect example of the painful amount of influence ND seems to exert in the Chicago area.
|5 years 46 weeks ago||Mmmm, Rotel||
One can of Rotel mixed in with melted Velveeta and a bag of salty Tostitos is a perfect Saturday afternoon artery blocker. Try it once and you'll be hooked, I promise.
|5 years 46 weeks ago||Barwis and tackling||
I could be way off, but...
There was a point in my past when I had gotten in to pretty good shape and played a few games of pick-up tackle football with friends. I was amazed at how much easier it was to bring someone down when I had confidence that my speed and strength were going to be enough to get the job done and all I had to think about was some semblance of form.
I felt like the Michigan D tackled the same way against WMU. There was no hesitation, particularly when faced with making a tackle in space. The D seemed to react quickly and make solid tackles on play after play. It was one of the most refreshing things I've seen from a Michigan team in a while.
I'd like to see a (+1 Barwis) added to the UFR to account for this dynamic.
|5 years 47 weeks ago||Random||
I know this doesn't help with the current items and is a repeat of a prior posting, but the randomness of the collections of autographs is probably a detractor to many buyers.
I will embarrass myself for a second, but on an episode of Antiques Roadshow, an individual brought in a baseball autographed by Babe Ruth and Roger Maris. The appraiser commented that usually multiple autographs on a signle item will lead to a lower value, but this was an exception. The point being, in the future, you're probably better off going for a single autograph of prominent player rather than whoever is around and willing to sign. Easier said than done, I'm sure.
Good luck with the auction - it sounds like it's for a great cause. Unfortunately, I don't have anywhere to put stuff like this. One day, I will have a basement full of cool Michigan memorabilia, but that's a long way off.
|5 years 47 weeks ago||Orange / Gophers||
I am very interested to see what Paulus does and plan to watch the game on ESPN2. I hated him for four years at Duke but respect what he's been able to do over the last few months. He's one of those guys that if he was on a Beilein team, we'd all love him, but since he played for an evil empire, he is, in fact, evil.
|5 years 47 weeks ago||Wolf||
Wolf is a great game, but it's really designed for threesomes. Because 18 isn't divisible by 4 (I went to U-M!), each player doesn't get the same number of opportunities to be wolf, making it somewhat unfair. Also, it's tough to divide up two points among three people.
For a foursome, use approximate handicaps and make teams of two. Set a dollar limit everyone can live with (say $30) and play match play on front 9, back 9, and total. Each of the three games is worth $10 in this example. That way, each hole is simply won or lost, so total number of strokes doesn't matter, plus handicap should give everyone a fair shot. Also, with 3 games being played per round, you're guaranteed to get a payout. (settle any ties on the practice green).
|5 years 49 weeks ago||All I know||
1. I was born in Ann Arbor to parents who met at Michigan b-school. My aunt, grandmother, and great-grandmother all attended Michigan. I knew nothing else while growing up. My father paid virutally no attention to professional sports, but if there was a Michigan football or basketball game on, we watched. We moved from AA when I was very young, but each summer we made annual trips back to the Detroit area to visit family. We would always swing by AA and the M-Den. I wasn't spoiled as a kid, but I always was granted one gift at the store. I still have my child sized Anthony Carter home jersey, Steve Smith away jersey, my sateen Michigan Starter jacket, Sliperly Rock pennant, among others. Each visit we'd head to the ticket office to see if we might get lucky and get tickets to a game in the fall. While my father was at the ticket window, I'd run my fingers through the carvings in the table in the ticket office lobby and horde the wallet sized schedules. My first game memory was being at the 1985 Michigan/ND game and the guys behind us got pretty drunk (I guess they sold beer at the stadium then) and spilled a beer on my program (I was crushed!). The first year I was truly engaged was 1989. I kept score for every Michigan basketball game that was on TV and kept track of the team's statistics on my Apple IIe. My dad and I celebrated like crazy when Rumeal sank his free throws. That's the only time I've celebrated a championship with my father (I was out of the house for 1997). We also watched Bo coach his last game - Bo and my dad were/are the same age and I think when Bo retired, it was a really big deal for my father, though I didn't recognize it at the time. My wife, who I met at Michigan B-School, is expecting our first kid, a son who's due in October. Sitting in my desk drawer as I type is a Michigan onesie so I can get him started on the right track this fall. It's who I am and who I always will be.
2. Technically, all 35 years of my life. Really, 20 solid years.
3. and 4. Silliness.
|6 years 3 weeks ago||Growing up, I had a Slippery||
Growing up, I had a Slippery Rock pennant on my bedroom wall directly under my Michigan pennant. IIRC, the pennant was purchased at the MDen on Main St. circa 1985.
|6 years 5 weeks ago||Hunt and Peck||
As I was reading through the horribly written offer letters on Forcier's website, I kept picturing 3 coaches standing around a computer, wearing those awesome Bike coaches shorts, unsuccessfully trying to put together two coherent sentences that didn't both start with "I think...".
|6 years 7 weeks ago||Really slow future engineers||
I don't think I've been as excited about a mixtape (sans the music) as I was about FT's since McGuffie. Hopefully this turns out a little better. It seriously looks like the video was edited to speed up FT but keep the defenses at regular speed. The track times give me some comfort that this wasn't just a case of playing against really bad competition, but damn, he made those defensive players look SLOW!
I hope I'm wrong, but I have a strong feeling that RR is going to see him catch a punt in practice, make a move, take it to the house, and then decide to blow a red shirt.
|6 years 8 weeks ago||Couldn't agree more!|
|6 years 11 weeks ago||more like $260K house!||
Assuming you're putting 20% down, that additional $12K of downpayment becomes $60K towards your house. $12K of cash, plus $48K in incremental mortgage. I'm not that familiar with Columbus, but I have to imagine $60K will buy some pretty significant upgrades (square footage, neighborhood, better schools, her dream closet, etc). Of course, this requires an extra $250/month in mortgage payment, but for a solid Michigan grad, that's nothing... Good luck!
|6 years 11 weeks ago||Save your money!||
Seriously, you will regret spending that kind of money on a wedding video for years to come. My sister-in-law just got married a few weeks ago. She had a friend set up a video camera pointed at the dance floor to capture the post-dinner fun. She watched it once, laughed at people making fools of themselves and is now done with it.
I 100% guarantee that you will watch this video once and then run to the bathroom to vomit after you realize that this was the first and last time you will ever watch your incredibly boring $11,900 video.
Other than that, congrats on the upcoming marriage.